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Coldplay set for Balloch Park shows


Jan 6 2005





ROCK giants Coldplay are being lined up for two massive outdoor gigs on the banks of Loch Lomond.


West Dunbartonshire Council is in discussions with promoters about bringing the world-famous band — to Balloch Park on July 2 and 3 next year.


The gigs would attract around 80,000 music fans over the weekend and would take place just a fortnight after another supergroup, REM, perform on the Bonnie Banks.


Talks are understood to be at an advanced stage — but the plans could be scuppered by the police.


Forces from across Scotland will provide security at the G8 summit at Gleneagles on July 5 and 6, and Strathclyde Police chiefs fear that could create problems with staff asking for leave on the weekend of the concert.


But the council is confident it will get the green light for the Coldplay gigs.


A spokesman said: “The council’s events team have been in talks for time to bring Coldplay to Balloch Country Park.


“We are pleased that these discussions have been positive and the band have indicated that they would like to perform at the park on July 2 and 3, 2005. However, Strathclyde Police has indicated that it may not be able to service the event owing to other commitments.


“We are negotiating with all parties concerned to hopefully reach a suitable compromise.”


Coldplay — whose hits include Yellow and Clocks — are fronted by Chris Martin, whose wife is Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow.


The gigs would complete a sensational summer of music at Loch Lomond with REM already scheduled to play before 40,000 fans at Balloch Park on June 17.


Every hotel and guest house in the village is already fully booked for that event and tourist bosses expect another stampede for accommodation as soon as the Coldplay concerts are confirmed.




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