A1’S GLASGOW MISS!

The boyband were due to met 250 fans - until Glasgow City Council voiced concerns...

A1 have cancelled an instore appearance in GLASGOW this afternoon (February 19) after the local authority voiced concerns over crowd safety.

The boyband were due to meet 250 fans who had won tickets for the event at HMV in the city’s pedestrianised Argyle Street precinct. But a spokesperson for the shop said that they were refused permission by Glasgow City Council over health and safety concerns.

An HMV spokesperson said: “We had been planning this event for a long while, and were satisfied that all the health and safety matters were in hand. We had limited the number of people who would attend by having limited access to 250 winners of competitions on TV and radio because we wanted to avoid a free-for-all situation.” Adding that future instores would not be jeopardised and it was a one-off situation, he said that competition winners had been contacted and notified that it was cancelled.

A spokesperson for the Council said that they first heard about the event on Friday (February 16) when HMV contacted them to ask if they could borrow safety barriers.

The spokesperson said: “Today is a school holiday in the city, and ourselves and the police felt that it was too short notice to get the arrangements in place that you need to deal with 3-4,000 10 to 14-year-olds, not least of which is the camping outside overnight. When Westlife launched their single here we were in talks with the store and promoters well in advance and it almost became a party atmosphere overnight.

“We realise the fans will be disappointed, and we are very disappointed too, we’re not being spoilsports, we love having bands in the city and we did offer to reschedule it for a later date, but they have a very tight schedule,” she added.

A signing at HMV in Edinburgh’s Princes Street today will go ahead as planned.