O2 Academy concert brought forward over ScotRail trains disruption

Bear's Den were in Glasgow promoting their chart-topping album but announced last-minute changes.

Bear’s Den gig at Glasgow’s O2 Academy brought forward over ScotRail timetable disruption iStockiStock
'Informal' talks between Aslef and ScotRail are due to take place on Tuesday ahead of the official resumption of negotiations.

A concert at a major Glasgow music venue was brought forward due to disruption to train services around the city.

London band Bear’s Den announced stage times for their gig at the O2 Academy had changed on Monday night.

It comes after ScotRail’s “emergency train timetables”, with a third of services cut, came into effect the same day.

The newly nationalised train operator has faced backlash from customers, with football fans and gig-goers now unable to travel home by train when events finish for the foreseeable future.

A post on Bear’s Den’s social media read: “Due to the disruption to some of the ScotRail train services in and around Glasgow tonight we’ve decided to bring forward our stage times for this evening.”

The folk-rock band appeared to promote the release of their album Blue Hours – their second UK Top 10 record.

Talks between rail union bosses and ScotRail are set to resume on Tuesday amid the bitter pay dispute that has lead to the cancellation of hundreds of services.

Aslef said “informal” discussions would be held with ScotRail prior to “formal negotiations” with the publicly-owned firm on Thursday.

Almost 700 journeys have been scrapped in a “temporary timetable” drawn up during an impasse over a 2.2% pay rise offer branded “derisory” by the union.

Drivers are currently refusing to work overtime or on rest days – leading to a third of daily services being slashed.