City dance festival to attract 12,000 revellers

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix will be the headline act at the festival ' if it secures an entertainment licence. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix will be the headline act at the festival ' if it secures an entertainment licence. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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IT has been billed as “T in the Park for teens” – but with soft drinks on draft instead of Tennent’s.

Organisers hope to attract up to 12,000 youngsters aged 12 to 17 to the Make Some Noize dance festival at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, next month.

They said teenagers would be bussed in from as far away as Glasgow, Fife and Dundee for the event, which boasts celebrity Dutch DJ Martin Garrix as the headline act.

And they have stressed alcohol will not be tolerated, with strict security and stewarding – including random breath tests – in place.

Adults will only be allowed in if accompanying a juvenile.

The one-day event – believed to be the largest of its kind ever staged on Scottish soil – has still to secure a public entertainment licence, with council sources suggesting the decision “could go either way”.

Bosses at promoter Ultra Events said they hoped Make Some Noize would attract as many as 25,000 revellers in future years.

Jordan Archibald, co-director of the event, said: “It’s the same idea as T in the Park with multi-stages, [although] I don’t think we’ll ever have 65,000 teenagers in one event.

“It’s not a rave, it’s essentially a fun day out. There will be a theme park with M&D’s-type rides – waltzers, dodgems and so on.”

Mr Archibald, who runs Ultra with his sister, Stephanie, also denied the plans amounted to irresponsible profiteering, adding that the event’s scale and £30 ticket price were necessary to “breaking even”.

“There’s no difference between this and kids going to see a concert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow,” he said.

“The events we do are really clean-cut. We will be making use of random breathalyser tests and the police services to ensure safety.”

Conservative Lothian MSP Cameron Buchanan called for tight security to prevent “drunken marauders” from ruining the event.

He said: “My fear is over control at this sort of thing, because it has never been particularly good. What we do not want is drunken marauders all over the place. I’m not against it in principle, provided there’s enough security and control.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We have been working closely with the event organisers and relevant partner agencies in the interests of robust planning, and there will be an appropriate stewarding and policing presence to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all attendees.”

A city council spokeswoman said: “We are working with the event organisers and expect to make a decision about whether to grant a licence shortly.”