THE Hallowe’en tribute band shows in Paisley later his month have become the latest victim of the credit crunch.
Organisers of Hallowfest – a series of three shows by tribute bands performing as megastar groups – have been forced to cancel because a lack of ticket sales led to cash flow problems.
The concerts were due to take place at The Lagoon Arena, on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1. However, other community events planned for Hallowfest are still going on.
One of the men behind the ambitious tribute band event to put Paisley on the music map says the reason for poor ticket sales is the present uncertain economic climate causing people to spend less money.
Gary Kerr said: “We are so, so disappointed at having to cancel the shows – absolutely gutted.
“When the Hallowfest tribute band event was launched, everyone was very supportive and said what a great idea it was.
“But that goodwill hasn’t turned into ticket sales, so we decided to pull the plug now before it was too late and to be fair to everyone involved, including those good folks who had bought tickets.”
Gary added: “Undoubtedly we have been hit hard by the credit crunch and the present economic uncertainty which seems to be affecting everyone.
“We really wanted to do something to promote Paisley and put it on the map for all the right reasons, but the ticket sales figures showed that it would have been financial suicide to carry on.”
Anyone who has bought tickets for a Hallowfest tribute band show will have their cash refunded from the place they bought them.
A torchlight procession through the town on Saturday, November 1, to commemorate the Paisley Witches who were wrongly accused and brutally executed in 1696, is being organised by the Paisley Development Trust.
And a Psychic Show being held by the Old Paisley Society in the town’s Sma’ Shot Cottages, on Thursday, October 30, is already a sell-out and will take place.
Piero Pieraccini, of the Paisley Development Trust and owner of the town’s Hamishes Hoose bar said: “The procession is going ahead.
“It’s a great shame for the town that the Hallowfest tribute band concerts have had to be cancelled.
“It was one of the few things recently that has had support from all sections of the community.
“Paisley as a Hallowe’en town with our witches story and building a festival around that concept is a great idea and I am sure it will happen someday.”
President of the Old Paisley Society, Ellen Farmer said: “I feel really sorry for Gary Kerr as he put his heart and soul into this project.
“But it doesn’t mean this year’s Hallowfest cannot be built into something bigger next year.
“Even if we start in a small way we can build on it. Our Psychic Night has been so popular we have had to turn people away and we’re quite willing to run another one again next year.”