First Bus offers Glasgow comedy fans free travel during March festival

First Bus and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival (GICF) have teamed up to offer comedy fans across Glasgow free bus travel to and from shows during the biggest ever comedy festival to be held in the city.

To officially launch the partnership for the 2024 festival, four acts performing at this year’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival – Billy Kirkwood, Amelia Bayler, Kate Hammer and two of the ICW: The Great Glesga’ Bash team - hopped on a First Bus and travelled around the city giving away free tickets to passers-by, bringing a smile to faces and brightening up their day.

GICF gets underway on 13th March and will take place over 19 days at various venues across the city. The partnership with First Bus has been designed to enable easy and convenient travel for comedy fans to get to and from shows.

To take advantage of the free travel offer, ticket holders simply have to enter the promotional code they receive by email from GICF into the app. They will then receive a free day ticket valid for use during the festival, providing an environmentally friendly, safe way to travel to and from shows.

Graeme Macfarlan, Commercial Director for First Bus Scotland said: “We are delighted to be playing our role in continuing to help make our city’s celebrated comedy festival more affordable and accessible for everyone.

“Our partnership with the festival helps us to reach a wider audience, further encouraging people to choose public transport as their preferred method of travel. We look forward to welcoming comedy fans on board our buses later this month and beyond.”

Taking place from 13th - 31st March 2024, GICF will welcome international comedians, rising Scottish talent and the very best of live comedy to 50 venues across the city. Some of the UK’s biggest comics will perform including Frank Skinner, Ed Gamble, Fascinating Aïda, Kieran Hodgson, All Killa No Filla and more, alongside homegrown talent like Susie McCabe, Craig Hill and Mark Nelson and international acts including Caroline Rhea and Leslie Liao. 2024 marks GICF’s 21st birthday, as well as the festival’s biggest ever year -  Glaswegians can enjoy over 560 shows from live podcasts, traditional stand-up, musical comedy, theatre and more.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival takes place across the city, with shows in Blackfriars, Drygate, King’s Theatre, The Garage, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow Science Centre, The Glee Club, McChuills, O2 Academy, Oran Mor, Saint Luke’s and the Winged Ox, Sloans, The Stand Comedy Club, Van Winkle West End, August House and more.

Festival Director, Krista MacDonald said: "We're delighted to partner with First Bus once more to offer free travel for comedy fans this month as we get set to welcome a host of international and local comedians to the city for 2024's Festival.

We hope the First Bus offer will make it a little easier for festival fans to attend shows across the city and enjoy some top-tier comedy, whilst reducing their environmental impact. With over 560 shows and 50 venues to choose from at this year's Festival, there's plenty to see!

"To see this year’s line-up, or buy tickets, please visit:

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