Friday, 13 November 2009

Scotland’s Final Fling Scaled Down Due to Poor Ticket Sales

Homecoming Live: The Final Fling has been scaled down following poor ticket sales.

Homecoming Live: The Final Fling was to feature three major concerts, held in Glasgow’s SECC, with the top acts booked to play in the biggest hall in the venue.

Now the event, one of hundreds set up to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, is to be staged in smaller halls within the complex due to lower numbers attending than previously predicted.

The event will feature big names including Midge Ure, Deacon Blue, The Dykeenies, Idlewild, The View, Dougie MacLean and Hue and Cry. Despite the impressive line-up, sales have been disappointing and promoter Geoff Ellis believes that the recession and attempts to ‘politicise’ the event are to blame for the lack of interest.

Ellis, head of DF Concerts, said he was convinced that by moving the music gigs to smaller halls, the atmosphere would be better for gig-goers as they would not be confronted with empty seats and empty spaces.

“The reality is that ticket sales are not as good as we would have liked. But I think the atmosphere will now be much better than it would have been. There’s nothing better than being in a full venue for a concert,” he said.

Adding, “My bank manager will not be happy, but for the audience the experience will be great.”

The Clyde Auditorium will be used instead, and other artists will now be performing in the Lomond Suite and Hall 3 in the SECC.

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