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Tuesday, 31 July, 2001, 07:25 GMT 08:25 UK
'Ban Eminem - Manson from Glasgow gig'
Eminem on stage
Eminem has been the subject of protests
A group of campaigners is attempting to have American rock stars Eminem and Marilyn Manson removed from this year's bill at Gig on the Green in Glasgow.

A petition has been submitted to the city council expressing concern that both controversial acts may be seen by children at the two-day Glasgow festival in August.

Event organisers, Regular Music, say they have not encouraged young children to attend.

The council said that the objections would be considered but the imposition of an age limit was likely to be a matter for the organisers.

Crowds at the Gig on the Green
Last year's festival attracted 60,000 revellers
Edward McDonald, from the Catholic Charismatic Renewal group, told BBC Scotland on Monday that both singers should not be allowed to perform at the summer music festival.

"We are making the city council aware of what is being planned here in Glasgow. Our children should not be exposed to such acts," he said.

"We find the violent lyrics of Eminem and the disgusting stage show of Marilyn Manson totally unacceptable and we just decided to get together to do something about it.

"We plan to hold a peaceful prayer event in Glasgow on the day of the concert to show our opposition.

Letter and petition

"We are still applying for permission to do this, but it will be totally peaceful. We just want to protest quietly."

Mr McDonald has submitted a letter and petition to the city council expressing fears that both performers could be harmful to young people.

The letter says: "It would be bad enough to have this duo perform in a concert with an over-18 age limit, but to allow our young children and teenagers to be exposed to such acts is completely unacceptable."

Barry Wright
Barry Wright: "Youth and adult audience"
But Regular Music, said it had not encouraged young children to attend the two day festival.

Spokesman Barry Wright, said: "We in no way encourage young children to come.

"In fact, every single ticket that's sent out has a letter with it that discourages under-10s from coming. Nor do we have any discounted tickets for children, so, it's very much from our point of view, seen as a youth and adult audience."

Claims that Marilyn Manson and Eminem may be damaging to young people have also been played down by Mark Robertson from events publication, The List.

"There has always been people being controversial, from Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show in the 50s through to The Beatles," he said.

"There has always been somebody that would annoy the moral majority.

Entertainment licence

"Marilyn Manson is essentially a cabaret singer. He puts on a show. So does Eminem. That's what they're there for.

"They're there to entertain and I don't think for a minute that they're the cause of any of society's ill."

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said the licensing committee would weigh up any objections when it considered granting a public entertainment licence for Gig on the Green.

But she added that imposing an age limit on those attending was likely to be a matter for the promoters.

The council's licensing committee will consider the entertainment licence for the festival next week.

David Calder reports
"The American rock artist Eminem means to shock, his lyrics do not make easy listening"
BBC Scotland's James Cook
"This is Marilyn Manson. He says he is the anti-Christ"
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