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Festival glut sinks QotS’s musical ambitions

Scottish football team Queen of the South has been forced to cancel a show by The Boomtown Rats and Rick Astley after selling just 700 advance tickets

By IQ on 13 May 2016

Status Quo, Palmerston Park, Dumfries, 2015, Queen of the South

Status Quo perform at Palmerston Park in 2015


image © Queen of the South FC

A Scottish football club has blamed an increase in the number of “alternative outdoor festivals and concerts across Scotland and the north of England” for its decision to cancel a 1980s-themed concert after selling just 700 tickets.

The concert was to have been held at Queen of the South’s 8,690-capacity Palmerston Park stadium in Dumfries on 4 June and featured music from ABC, The Boomtown Rats and Rick Astley.

It was announced in January following the positive response from a similar event last year, headlined by Status Quo. “Last year we dipped our toe in the world of music promotions by bringing Status Quo to Palmerston on a Friday night; this was so well received that we decided to host a whole day of retro musical acts this summer,” said club chairman Billy Hewitson at the time.

“It has become apparent with three weeks to go that advance ticket sales of around 700, which were much lower than the 5,000 sold last year, were not sufficient to justify the event going ahead on a commercial basis”

However, despite selling 5,000 tickets for the Status Quo show, the response for the June event was lukewarm.

In a statement released yesterday, the club said: “This was a difficult decision to make as we know many people were looking forward to it. However, it has become apparent with three weeks to go that advance ticket sales of around 700, which were much lower than the 5,000 sold last year, were not sufficient to justify the event going ahead on a commercial basis.

“We have not been helped with the number of alternative outdoor festivals and concerts across Scotland and the North of England.

“After weighing up additional costs to go ahead with the concert from this point against the costs of cancelling altogether it was unfortunately a decision that had to be taken.”

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