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DF Concerts celebrates record-breaking summer

Scotland’s DF Concerts has heralded a record-breaking summer, having sold one million tickets between June and August.

The promoter says that, as a result, it has made an economic impact of around £72.4 million on tourism and hospitality businesses in its domestic market.

The Glasgow-headquartered company expects that, by the end of 2022, it will have welcomed over 50% of the population of Scotland to one of its concerts or events.

DF promotes some 1,000 concerts per year, as well as its festivals TRNSMT (Glasgow), Connect (Edinburgh) and Summer Sessions (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee). In addition, the promoter owns and operates grassroots music venue, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow).

This year’s sold-out edition of TRNSMT topped DF’s best-selling events of the summer, attracting 50,000 attendees on each of its three days.

Other highlights include two nights from The Killers at Falkirk Stadium (cap. 25,000), and Harry Styles performing to 50,000 people at Glasgow’s Ibrox football stadium.

“It’s looking like it will be more of the same next year”

This summer also saw DF revive Connect, a music festival that originally took place in Argyll, Scotland, in the mid-noughties.

The reboot took place at The Royal Highland Centre (RHC), an exhibition centre and showgrounds located near Edinburgh airport, between 26–28 August.

The Chemical Brothers, The National, Little Simz, Mogwai and Bombay Bicycle Club were among the artists that performed at the camping festival.

In total, DF Concerts had 33 days of outdoor shows from June to August, at venues including Slessor Gardens in Dundee, Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre Showgrounds and Princes Street Gardens, SWG3 Galvanizers Yard, Glasgow Green, and Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, plus Hampden Park, Ibrox and Falkirk Stadiums.

“This has been a really special summer season for all involved,” Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts, tells IQ. “It has seen a seven-figure investment in new events for music lovers across the country, diversifying the experiences available in Scotland.

“With two stadium shows, one greenfield and two festivals already announced for summer 2023 and more to come very soon, it’s looking like it will be more of the same next year.”

 


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New festival planned for “city on the up” Dundee

Craig Blyth, the promoter behind the ill-fated Angus Festival of House, has announced plans for a new two-day music festival in Dundee.

Blyth tells IQ it’s a “good time” for Scotland’s fourth largest city – a “city on the up, with lots of new investment” – to have its own major music festival, and says his initial meetings with Dundee City Council have been “positive”, with “good feedback” from councillors. A licensing application was submitted on Friday 12 August.

If approved, the as-yet-unnamed festival, earmarked for 12 and 13 August 2017 in the 400-acre Camperdown Park (pictured), will be the first for Blyth’s Jigsaw Events and Management, although it won’t be staging the event alone: Unlike for Festival of House, which was denied a licence after Angus councillors highlighted “significant gaps” in its planning, Jigsaw has partnered with experienced festival production company Loudsound (Creamfields, BST Hyde Park, RockNess) for the Dundee event, which Blyth calls “one of the best in the country”.

“We recognised where improvements can be made, and I think we’ve done it”

“We recognised where improvements can be made, and I think we’ve done it,” says Blyth.

Blyth explains the new festival will feature a range of music, including “live acts and a dance area”, as “we didn’t feel house was right for Dundee”, and will have a year-one capacity of 15,000.

Camperdown Park hosted BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2006, he adds, so the “structure is there… the precedent is there. We know we can make this work.”

 


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