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Pride Glasgow announces new 2019 venue after capacity issues last year

People were turned away from Kelvingrove Park in 2018 when tickets were seemingly oversold.

People take part in Pride Glasgow last year (David Cheskin/PA)
People take part in Pride Glasgow last year (David Cheskin/PA)

Pride Glasgow has announced its new venue for its 2019 festival after facing criticism last year when hundreds of people who had bought tickets were denied entry.

Scotland’s largest Pride event will now take place at the Riverside Museum between Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18.

Organisers in 2018 apologised when long queues formed at Kelvingrove Park with tickets seemingly oversold.

The team behind the event – which celebrates the LGBTQI+ community in Glasgow – has also since been restructured, with the appointment of a new board of trustees and professionals.

A spokeswoman for the festival told the Press Association the new venue would be easier to manage the number of attendees.

Christopher Lang, chairman of Pride Glasgow said: “It’s fair to say we’ve had a rough ride since last year’s event.

“However, we’ve listened, taken professional advice and we’re confident that we have a really excellent event for the LGBTQI+ community in Glasgow and further afield.

“The march will take place on the Saturday and the festival will take place on the concourse of the Riverside Museum over the weekend.

“There is something for everyone as always and we’re using our creativity to ensure there are plenty of photo opportunities which will be fun, but we’re also planning the safety and flow of the event to ensure a smooth running of the weekend.”

Capacity in Kelvingrove Park was at 6,000 while this year ticket sales are to be 9,750.

Pride Glasgow has also revealed its updated branding along with a new website domain.

Tickets for the event are now on sale via the website www.prideglasgow.com with an early bird rate of £8 until 11pm on Friday May 24.

Pride events across the world will this year celebrate Stonewall 50, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York.

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