DF Concerts reports record breaking summer for live music in Scotland

Anyone with doubts over whether the appetite for live music would remain post lockdown can now rest assured after DF Concerts reported a record-breaking summer for live music in Scotland.

The likes of The Killers, Harry Styles and more descended on Scotland this summer in a record breaking summer for live events, culminating in the newly revived Connect Festival in the new location of Royal Highland Centre.

With ticket sales projections to the end of the year, DF Concerts said it expected to welcome more than 50 per cent of the population of Scotland to one of its concerts or events in 2022.

The company runs the leading major music festival in Scotland – TRNSMT – as well as Connect Festival, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee Summer Sessions, as well as owning and operating the King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

DF Concerts expects to have welcomed over 50% of the population of Scotland to one of its concerts or events in 2022.

In total, DF Concerts had 33 days of outdoor shows from June to August, which outdoor spaces such as Slessor Gardens in Dundee, Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre Showgrounds and Princes Street Gardens, SWG3 Galvanizers Yard, Glasgow Green, and Bellahouston Park in Glasgow holding events, as well as venues such as Hampden, Ibrox and Falkirk stadiums.

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The outdoor events are in addition to almost 200 shows of varying sizes, which have taken place in venues across the country as part of the normal day-to-day business this summer for DF Concerts.

Forecasters also stated the success of live events in Scotland contributed around £72.4 million to the economy, aiding both tourism and hospitality businesses.