‘Glas­gow is a mu­sic city’: Event bosses hit out at ticket charge

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY NIALL CHRISTIE

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

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