Glasgow Craft Beer Festival: Optimo and Babos toasties join live music and food line-up

Glasgow Craft Beer Festival has announced new additions to the two day event line-up.

Published 12th May 2022
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

These include Sub Club legends Optimo and Greg Wilson on the DJ decks at SWG3, plus Glasgow’s own toastie kings Babos and pizza specialists Beirm join the food offering alongside El Perro Negro.

The festival is set to take over the city in just under two months, transporting ticket-holders to a world of great food, good music and incredible beer. 

Optimo and Hacienda icon Greg Wilson join the music line-up for Glasgow Craft Beer Festival alongside former frontman of Fun Lovin’ Criminals Huey Morgan, with all three artists set to take over SWG3’s decks for some great DJ sets across the weekend. 

Glasgow duo Optimo’s unrivalled energy has long been credited with defining the city’s electronic music scene and Optimo’s club night celebrates an outstanding 25 year anniversary in 2022, marking a quarter of a century soundtracking unforgettable nights, from its beginnings in Sub Club to playing festivals around the world.

A figurehead of North England’s electronic music scene, Greg Wilson pioneered the Hacienda’s first weekly dance music night and will bring decades of experience to SWG3 this July.

His electro-funk credentials are unmatched and after over 40 years spent DJing around the globe.

Glasgow Craft Beer Festival will also showcase a variety of food offerings from some of Scotland’s top restaurants, with local toastie business Babos joining the bill, alongside pizza specialists Beirm and award-winning burgers from El Perro Negro.

A mainstay in Shawlands, locally-owned Babos have hit the headlines with their signature toasties, concocting everything from the Toastie Crunch, dipped in garlic and chilli batter and deep fried, to their classic Cheesy Beano Toastie.

Beginning as a restaurant concept to elevate traditional pizzeria experiences, Beirm utilise Scotland’s seasonal produce to develop artisanal pizzas and original small plates.

Named after the Gaelic word for yeast, Beirm usually pops up at locations all around Glasgow.

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Babos and Beirm will join El Perro Negro, winners of the UK National Burger Awards in 2019 and 2021, at SWG3 to delight beer drinkers with a host of street food options.

Festival goers can expect a range of breweries from household names to local businesses, plus newcomers and some of the world’s best breweries, all under one roof.

Turning the typical beer festival model on its head, tickets include all beer for the session, ensuring beer lovers can try everything from IPAs to sours, lagers to stouts.

The team behind the festival, We Are Beer, host events across London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol and will now make their mark in Glasgow, after relocating from Edinburgh.

Co-founder of We Are Beer, Greg Wells said, “We’re excited to announce the next wave of our line-up and are ecstatic to have local legends like Optimo join us at SWG3 in July.

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"Their energy and reputation is unmatched and we truly can’t wait to see them take to the decks in their hometown.

"Likewise, we’re thrilled to host some of the finest street food vendors in Glasgow at the festival, and we’re sure fans will have a lot of fun trying out Babos and El Perro Negro’s incredible offering.

"It’s shaping up to be a festival bill packed with international and local offerings, and we can’t wait to open the doors in under two months.”

John Devlin, Babos founder said, "We can't wait to bring our signature toasties to Glasgow Craft Beer Festival - it's been a crazy couple of years for our business and we're excited to show festival fans what the Babos buzz is all about.

"We hope some of our regulars can come along to SWG3 this summer and enjoy a classic Babos toastie alongside some incredible beer - see you there!"

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We Are Beer, the team behind the festival, have also announced results of their Raise the Bar competition, shining a light on the best new breweries in the UK.

The winning four breweries include Azvex Brewing Company, Baron Brewing, Drop Project and Twisted Wheel Brew Co., who will now pour at We Are Beer’s festivals across the UK including Glasgow Craft Beer Festival, Bristol, Manchester, London and Beer Central Festival.

The Glasgow Craft Beer Festival will make its city debut from 8 - 9 July 2022 in its new home at SWG3 across three different sessions.

Tickets, priced from £45, are available online from the Glasgow Craft Beer Festival website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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