‘Glasgow is a music city’: Event bosses hit out at ticket charge
THE costs of a levy on largescale entertainment events in Glasgow has been revealed, with organisers questioning whether it ‘tarnishes’ the city’s cultural reputation.
Earlier this year it was announced that an environmental levy charge would be placed on concerts such as those held at the Kelvingrove Bandstand, as well as festivals like TRNSMT.
The plan, which was unveiled as part of Glasgow City Council’s budget in February, was estimated to raise around £650,000 per year.
Now, the Evening Times can reveal the tiered system covering events of various sizes in the city, and how much each event costs, with some charged as much as £2.50 per ticket.
The sliding scale, which covers events as small as 500 people, only covers commercial organisations, with charities, community groups and those hosting less than 500 not charged.
Despite the flexibility in place, prominent voices for the city’s music industry have been critical of the move.
DF Concerts’ Geoff Ellis, who runs TRNSMT and Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park, has previously called the policy “well-meaning, but ill-conceived”, and said he could take the multi-million pound event away from Glasgow.
Now, music promoter Donald MacLeod has said the levy goes against the city’s cultural ethos, despite the needed boost for Glasgow’s coffers.
He said: “I don’t think it is great. It is good they have come to a compromise and reached an agreement. But once the door has been opened, will it ever close?
“I am against the
Donald MacLeod says the levy could have an impact on attendance at events