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Monday, 19 February, 2001, 15:27 GMT
Council pulls plug on concert
A1
The concert by A1 has been cancelled
Thousands of music fans have been left disappointed after Glasgow City Council pulled the plug on a concert by boy band A1.

More than 2,000 fans were expected to turn out up for the hour-long concert, on Monday, at the HMV Megastore in Argyle Street, Glasgow.

But the event was cancelled after Strathclyde Police raised safety fears with the city council.

A council spokesman said officials and police were concerned that there were no safety measures in place to cope with the large numbers of young fans expected.

City Chambers
The council cited safety fears
A1, who recently had a number one hit with a cover version of A-ha's Take On Me, were due to perform their new single No More during the concert.

HMV had widely publicised the event and more than 2000 people were expected to fill the store and surrounding streets.

But the music retailer was forced to cancel the concert after Glasgow City Council refused to grant a licence.

Safety fears

A spokesman for HMV said the store had been inundated with calls from disappointed fans and had put up posters saying the event was cancelled.

He added: "There are many fans who have been left disappointed and we would like to apologise to them but safety is of paramount importance to us."

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said that police and officials were concerned for public safety.

"The event was not just at the store - we expected a lot of people out on the street as well," he said.

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