Petition bid to get Summer Sessions moved to new venue

A MUSIC lover has launched an internet petition in an attempt to halt a series of concerts in a Glasgow park.

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The Killers will be among the top bands to play in this year's event in Bellahouston Park
The Killers will be among the top bands to play in this year's event in Bellahouston Park

The move comes days after The Killers were the first headline act to be named for the Glasgow Summer Sessions, which will be held in Bellahouston Park in August.

James Alexander, who is a psycho­analyst, said: "I am a fan of The Killers, but this is a park in a residential area of Glasgow.

"The city is renowned for its vibrant music scene but it has more appropriate locations, such as Glasgow Green.

"There are also purpose-built venues that are more suited for it, such as The Hydro and the SECC."

Last year's three-night event attracted almost 100,000 fans but there were complaints about the concerts from local people.

Mr Alexander, 53, who lives in Cardonald, a mile from Bellahouston, said: "We had three nights of torture. Local parking was suspended. It was crazy."

He accused drunken revellers of using gardens as toilets and said music was so loud from acts that residents miles away had their peace shattered.

He lodged a Freedom Of Information request after last year's debut event only to be told by the council it had not made a profit from the summer sessions.

DF Concerts & Events has asked the council for permission to hold this year's extravaganza over five nights.

But Mr Alexander wants to pull the plug on the event and is appealing to the public to back his protest petition and back his calls for an alternative location.

Police arrested more than 30 fans for public order offences last year, but a council spokesman said there had been only 30 complaints about the noise.

He said: "Glasgow's reputation for attracting globally recognised stars such as Eminem and Kings Of Leon was highlighted last year and almost 100,000 music fans attended the three gigs.

"Before the events, the council hosted a community consultation and also held a debrief event afterwards to gain feedback from local people.

"This year, we are holding early and extensive consultations with community representatives to allow further input to the planning stages of the events."

A spokesman for DF Concerts and Events said: "The majority of the 100,000 people attending Glasgow Summer Sessions last year were extremely well behaved and enjoyed the concerts.

"However, as with any major outdoor music or sporting event, a small minority of people did cause some problems.

"We have worked closely with the council, police and community representatives since the event's inception and this will continue in the run-up to and during the concerts."

The protest petition can be found at here 

gordon.thomson@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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