Electronic music festival organisers 'devastated' after being rescheduled by council

PLTFRM was set to take place under a railway bridge in Glasgow in June, but has been pushed back to September.

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An electronic music festival in Glasgow has said it is “devastated” after being rescheduled – with organisers blaming the council for failing to authorise a licence in time.

PLTFRM FSTVL, which was set to take place under a railway bridge in Tradeston on June 19 and 30, has now been pushed back to September.

It comes after Glasgow City Council said it did not receive an application for a temporary public entertainment licence until May 10, seven weeks before the event.

A spokesperson said that it takes at least 12 weeks to process an application.

He said: “We are very clear that applications for temporary public entertainment licences should be lodged no later than three months in advance of a proposed event to allow enough time for the required public safety checks to be undertaken.

“The three month timescale has been in place for many years and we advised the promoter their application could not be accepted as there was insufficient time for it to be processed.

“Any further applications from this event organiser will be dealt with in the appropriate manner.”

The open-air rave was due to feature house and techno acts including Bailey Ibbs, Chlär and Blasha & Allatt.

Taking to social media, a spokesperson for the festival said: “We are extremely devastated to announce that we have been forced to move our summer PLTFRM back to our usual September weekend.

“Unfortunately last week we were informed that due to limited resources at Glasgow City Council and local authorities, they can’t authorise the final part of our licence in time although we have followed the same procedures for the last 11 years and even provided more documentation this time around.

“We have also had MPs fighting our corner to authorise this in time.

“To find this out is frustrating, soul destroying and now comes at a huge logistical and financial loss.”

Tickets can either be refunded or kept for the rescheduled dates in September.

PLTFRM BY NIGHT, an after-party, will go ahead at The Ferry and Sub Club on the original June dates.

Scottish DJ Frazi.er, who is on the line-up, responded to the news with: “So much work has went into this to help grow and keep the music scene alive in Scotland to get landed this right at the final stages of the festival.”

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