Homecoming Live: The Final Fling, the grand finale to the Scottish Government’s year of homecoming takes place this weekend, despite poor ticket sales.
The three major concerts that make up the event , staged at Glasgow’s SECC , have already been scaled down. Acts such as Deacon Blue, Hue and Cry and Midge Ure have been moved from the venue’s hall number 4, to the smaller Clyde Auditorium.
A spokeswoman from Homecoming Live was unavailable to comment on the reasons behind changes.
Promoter Geoff Ellis, head of organisers DF Concerts has previously said he would be making a “significant loss” on the shows. The T in the Park Supremo also felt that the event’s association with the Government was harming sales.
He told The Herald: “We’ve suffered because there is a perception that Homecoming is a political vehicle, it is a damaging perception. Every time people attack Homecoming, with our event being called Homecoming Live, people are being put off by the perception that it is a political event.”
This news comes on the back of a reported £600,000 loss made on the Homecoming gathering in Edinburgh.
It seems the lack of interest has actually made it difficult for gig-goers to get their hands on tickets, which have been on sale since Spetember 11th.
Stacey Drew, 22, of Leith said: “I went up to ripping to get a ticket but was told they weren’t selling them anymore because no one was buying them. I ended up having to use seeticket which cost me an extra tenner in booking fees and postage.”
A spokesperson for Ripping Records in Edinburgh said that all tickets had been sent back to Glasgow as standard, and that there were “plenty” left on sale.