Scots music scene ‘worth £295m’ in 2015

A report by the UK music industry said £295 million was generated for the Scottish economy from music tourism in 2015.

The UK Music report — called Wish You Were Here — said the £295 million came from 928,000 visitors who helped support 3,230 jobs.

“Whether it is as one of 85,000 revellers at T-In The Park, windswept at the Shetland Folk Festival or bouncing up and down at the legendary Barrowlands, Scotland’s vibrant music scene has something for everyone,” said the report.

It said venues and festivals helped attract music tourists to Scotland “from the Belladrum Tartan Heart and Wickerman festivals to The Liquid Room and Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh.”

The report said that in Glasgow alone, live music events were attended by more than 1.4 million fans during 2015.

“Glasgow offers a vast selection of venues and arenas including the SSE Hydro, Barrowland Ballroom, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Nice N Sleazy, ABC, Mono and the Sub Club which all host a multitude of live events throughout the year,” it said.

Glasgow and its venues were visited by 449,000 music tourists, generating £105 million for the local economy and supporting 1,141 jobs, the report said.

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