No licence for Oktoberfest beer event in Glasgow

Image source, Oktoberfest Glasgow

The Oktoberfest event in Glasgow has been cancelled after organisers were unable to obtain a drinks licence.

The event, which celebrates German beer, food and music, had been due to take place in the city's Blythswood Square from 19 to 23 October.

Glasgow Licensing Board refused a licence after objections from police and local businesses. Police were concerned about safety and drunkenness.

Organisers have said they hope to return to Glasgow in 2017.

In a statement posted on the Glasgow Oktoberfest Facebook page, organisers said: "After a long fight for a licence, which got rejected at several potential venues, we now have no chance to come to Glasgow this year. Be assured we did all possible to make it.

"We refunded all ticket holders in full and they should receive the money back on their card within 5-10 working days. We are so sorry this is happening but hope to be back 2017."

'Safety risk'

A spokesman for Glasgow Licensing Board said: "An application for an event in Blythswood Square was rejected due to the location and related public safety concerns.

"No further licence applications were lodged by the event organiser.

"It's our understanding the organiser was unable to secure an alternative venue."

Police Scotland objected to the event being held at Blythswood Square as there was concern about people leaving the venue, after drinking, and walking on nearby roads.

Police also highlighted concerns with previous Oktoberfest events over the "high intoxication level" of people attending, a lack of stewarding and outbreaks of disorder.

Other Oktoberfest events are set to take place around the UK this year, including in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.