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Tuesday, 20 August, 2002, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK
Glasgow festival 'will go ahead'
The Strokes
The Strokes performed at last year's festival
Organisers have stressed that the Gig on the Green music festival will go ahead as planned - despite a move to slash capacity for the Glasgow event.

Regular Music has asked Glasgow City Council's for permission to reduce the numbers expected at the event by almost a third.

A spokeswoman told BBC News Online Scotland that organisers would be happy to attract 25,000 people to each day of the festival.

The White Stripes
The White Stripes perform on Sunday
However, the original application requested permission for a capacity of 35,000 on Saturday and Sunday.

"We are doing alright, but if we had a licence for 35,000 people we have to provide an infrastructure that can cope with all those people.

"So we don't have to provide it for 10,000 people less, we have reapplied for the licence to make it a smaller site," said the spokeswoman.

That application is due to be considered by councillors on Thursday - two days before the event starts.

However, neither Regular Music nor the council are expecting any hitch with the revised application - despite newspaper speculation that the event is under threat.

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"The council have been very supportive, they have said they are totally behind us doing it," said the organisers' spokeswoman.

That message was echoed by a spokesman for the city council, who said: "I don't foresee any problem about the application.

"Glasgow Green has been there for centuries for people to enjoy for public gatherings and Gig on the Green is one of those.

Jarvis Cocker
Pulp are one of the headline acts
"We are extremely supportive of the event."

The spokeswoman for the event admitted that organisers had applied for too large a capacity.

She said the crowd would be closer to the level experienced in the first year of the festival, when Oasis, Primal Scream, Paul Weller and the Stereophonics were the headliners.

She also ackowledged that the line-up for this year's event may have contributed to the smaller ticket sales than last year.

"We haven't got a big name superstar like Eminem in the line-up," she said.

"But I think it is more to do with the weather, which has been so miserable."

The Streets
The Streets are on the bill for Saturday
Last year Travis, Marliyn Manson and Eminem were among the headline acts.

This year The Prodigy, Offspring, Pulp and The Strokes - who performed at last year's festival - fill the top slots.

The bill also features a range of acts offering an alternative to the more mainstream traditional festival fare.

Saturday's line-up includes Slipknot, Spiritualised, The Streets, Cornershop and Trail of Dead.

On Sunday, the re-united Jane's Addiction perform alongside The White Stripes, Guided by Voices, The Vines, Feeder and the Stereo MCs.

Trevor Reilly, Carl Cox and Paul Oakenfold are among the acts catering for the dance crowd.

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