Last night’s Green Day gig in Glasgow was cancelled at last minute due to adverse conditions and rain being deemed to make the site unsafe but it’s a decision that has left fans and the band confused. The concert in the Bellahouston Park Park in the city which also featured a great bill of The Skids, Rancid and Slaves was pulled very late in the day when it was raining and then the rain cleared up. As many at the gig point out rain isn’t usually a problem for a concert.
Promoters PCL initially blamed ‘adverse weather’ for the cancellation, but a later statement from the band denied this – claiming they “didn’t care if it was raining f******g sideways”.
Chris Stephens, SNP MP for Glasgow South West, has written to the promoters to demand answers regarding the cancellation. He challenged the company on their claims that the weather was to blame, asking whether they will compensate staff due to work and those who have travelled, and asking them to respond to claims that preparation in the local area was ‘patchy’.
Some fans had already arrived at the concert with one saying “We were in the park. Staff didn’t seem to know what was going on.”
And another added, “I just don’t believe for one minute weather conditions are to blame. It always rains in Scotland.
“I’ve been at T in the Park before with mud and puddles up to my knees and the show still went on.
“I have wellies on. I’m prepared for the rain. They should be too.”
“They’re blaming the weather but a proper stage should be able to withstand anything. Fans don’t care about a bit of mud if they can get to see their favourite band.”
A police spokesman said: “Officers were at Bellahouston Park and transport hubs to ensure fans were made aware of the cancellation.”
A weather forecaster said: “The rain cleared away and it was quite dry really.
“There was nothing we’d describe as adverse.”
A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “The decision to cancel the event was taken by the promoters and the band’s management, not us.”
Green Day also issued a statement which hints at their confusion and dissatisfaction over events…
‘Glasgow, we are very sad to report that our show today at Bellahouston Park has been cancelled. The local Safety Council, production crew, and concert organizers have deemed the stage unsafe for the fans and everyone involved. We are very distraught about this as we are in Glasgow now and were very much looking forward to this show as one of the highlights of our tour. We have been playing in extreme weather conditions throughout this European tour, and the last thing we want to do is see a show cancelled. We love our Scottish fans and we don’t care if it’s raining fucking sideways, although the safety of our fans and our crew is always our top priority. We love you Scotland, we love the city of Glasgow and it goes without saying that WE WILL BE BACK!’