DJ Hardwell reschedules Edinburgh rave

DJ Hardwell says he owes his Scottish fans. Picture: contributed

DJ Hardwell says he owes his Scottish fans. Picture: contributed

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IT was the high-octane rave that was banned at the last minute after earlier tour dates sparked violence, drunkenness and a wave of drug-taking.

Now DJ Hardwell is set to return after promoters rescheduled the huge dance event at the Royal Highland Centre for later this summer.

Thousands of revellers are expected to attend the rave which had its licence suspended in February after a “major incident” was declared at Hardwell’s Belfast tour date just days before.

Paramedic tents were swamped with hundreds of drunken teenagers feeling unwell – dubbed a “disaster zone” – and drug-taking was said to be widespread.

It prompted Police Scotland to call for the Dutch DJ’s Edinburgh gig to be scrapped – and council chiefs followed suit by suspending its licence at the 11th hour.

Tickets are now on sale for the DJ’s return date of July 4 but it is understood organisers have not yet applied for an entertainments licence to host the gig.

In a statement, Hardwell said he had his “heart set” on bringing his sell-out show to Edinburgh and so is “very pleased” to have rescheduled the concert.

He said: “There’s some time now before the show so I’m going to make use of this and get my head down in the studio, whilst working on my new album, to put together something really special for my set for this show – I feel I owe it to the Scottish fans as they have given me nothing but tremendous support so far.

“I can’t wait to finally be joining them for what is going to be a very special night.”

Richard Magowan, a promoter with Colours who is marketing the concert, said they had been working with Police Scotland and the council to rubberstamp the date and vowed to return with a “bigger and better show”.

It is thought around 7500 fans from all over the country will attend July’s event – the only Scottish date on DJ Hardwell’s world tour.

Judith O’Leary, spokeswoman for Royal Highland Centre, said: “It is a real coup for the Royal Highland Centre and for Edinburgh to host the world’s number one DJ and I know the many thousands of fans will be looking forward to a great night.”

A council spokesperson said: “We expect to receive a licensing application which will be considered in due course.”

The Dutch DJ, whose real name is Robbert van de Corput, was last year voted the number one DJ in DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs poll, making him the youngest ever to head the list at the age of 25.

German DJ Sven Vath was the last international dance act to perform in Edinburgh when he sparked noise complaints from homes more than a mile away. The rave at Ratho Climbing Centre last November is understood to have led to a barrage of notice complaints to environmental wardens.