Rock in the park
Scots rock fans are to be given their own major music festival. an event that promises to establish Scotland as a viable part of the European festival circuit. Cypress Hill is the latest name to be added to the bill for T In The Park. the two-day music event taking place in Strathclyde Park on Sat 30 and
e Tennents Live! Festival
Sun 3| July which organisers DF Concerts and Tennent‘s Live! plan to make an annual occurrence. and allow Scots the chance to attend a festival without having to travel to the south of England.
The line-up already includes Bjork,
Primal Scream. l)e| Amitri. llouse ()f Pain. Rage Against The Machine. ()nc Dove. Teenage l‘anclub. James Taylor Quartet and The Levellers. ()thcr acts expected to confirm soon include
l Elastica and The Boo Radleys.
In addition to the main outdoor stage. there will be music in King Tut‘s Wah Wah Tent. a 5000 capacity marquee featuring performances from rising Scottish acts such as Whiteout. AC l Acoustics and Baby Chaos. Fool‘s Paradise are currently organising the line-up for the comedy tent.
Considering the two-day rock and blues festival planned for Scone Palace had to be cancelled recently due to poor ticket sales. it's a bold enterprise. Stuart Clumpas of DP Concerts believes the
bill is strong enough to attract sufficient interest front punters. bands and the music industry. despite the fact that. compared to three-day festivals like Reading and Glastonbury. tickets are pricier. at £23.50 for a day ticket and £39 for the weekend.
‘Glastonbury and Reading have 20 million people living within a reasonable disatance: we have 5 million people to draw on.‘ he says. ‘That‘s the basic economics of it: we don't have the population to get 50.000 people.‘
Clumpas hopes the festival will attract between 20.000 and 25.000 people each day. Camping and creche facilities are available and Showtravel will run coaches from various destinations. Tickets go on sale this weekend from T()CTA outlets.
In addition. the organisers are keen to hear from Scottish arts and crafts businesses interested in setting up stalls. Write. care of The List, to ‘T In The Park Arts And ("i’afts‘. (Fiona Shepherd)
scheme kicks off
Scotland’s absence from the forthcoming World Cup might suggest the national game is in danger of becoming a museum piece. Smart timing then for a new museum and archive project, designed to preserve the game’s historical artefacts, and in the process remind the world that the Scots invented the controlled passing and tactical style of soccer that is now played (admittedly with more expertise) from the Bondi to Brazil. Britain’s first national football museum is planned for the South Stand of the refurbished Hampden Park. While waiting for that space, the SFA have launched a three-year pilot project in Glasgow’s Museum of Transport. Running until 18 September the current exhibition, For The Sake Of The Game, features artefacts dating from the early days of the game in Scotland, and is designed to encourage viewer response and suggestions for the projected museum. ‘lt’s an ideal opportunity to test visitor reactions to a museum about football,’ says SFA Vice- President Jack McGinn, ‘and to try out different ideas and approaches before the move to Rampden.’ A waxwork likeness of Ally McLeod has not yet been commissioned. (Tom Lappin.) L__-_____.-_. __.__. __.___ 4 The List 20 May 2 June 1994
What have Mad Max II and It’s A
Knock-Out got in common? They are
both being used to promote this year’s
Edinburgh Festival of the Environment. Bigger, better and more eco-friendly
than ever before, this year’s festival is
concentrating on a theme of particular
l importance to Edinburgh - transport.
While things have yet to reach the
i point where you need a crossbow to
procure petrol or a parking space in
l the city centre, our roads are
; becoming increasingly congested and
‘Four wheels bad. two legs good' says Roy Hutchins, performer of Autogeddon.
the way in which you choose to get from A to B has a perceptible impact on the environment.
‘We are trying to increase awareness of transport-related problems for a whole cross section of the community,’ says Willie Bell, co- ordinator of the Festival. ‘Gur road show will be visiting schools in the area and putting on the musical drama “Transport Wars”, while the Commuter Challenge will encourage employees to look at greener ways of travelling to and from work.’ (Jonathan Trew) Edinburgh Festival of the Environment runs from 27 May to 5 June. The full programme of events is available from all council offices, libraries and sports centres.
:— Legally disabled
Robert Mather: legislation is vital
Fury among campaigners who were frustrated at the ‘talking out’ of a bill to guarantee equal opportunities for disabled people quickly turned to optimism when the Government was publicly embarrassed over tactics used to block the legislation. There is now a feeling that the Government would have to give its unequivocal support to future attempts to introduce an equal rights bill.
The political storm surrounding the defeat of the Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill makes a previously arranged visit by an American civil rights attorney, at the invitation of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, particularly timely. Robert Mather of the US Department of Justice, who is himself profoundly deaf, is responsible for implementing the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which is regarded as a model for British legislation. flis visit will be an inspiration for campaigners preparing for another round of lobbying to have equal rights for disabled people guaranteed in law.
‘We know that it’s not sufficient to depend on the goodwill of everyone,’ says Mather. ‘Legislation is needed for a mandate for equal access and then comes public education. But education is nothing without the law, which has the teeth.’
The ADA became law in 1992, and there are already indications that unemployment among disabled people, which like in Britain is much higher than for the wider population, is falling. Concerns in America among employers that complying with the law would cost them money were allayed by presenting the ADA as a positive
step which would widen the pool of potential employees. That argument has now to be successfully presented to a sceptical British business community.
‘We want the same protection now that comes from things like the racial equality act,’ says lillian Lawson, services director of RI") Scotland. ‘I think the Government must be shocked by the strength of reaction and will think twice about trying to defeat another bill.’ (Eddie Gibb) Robert Mather is speaking using a sign language interpreter on Friday 20 May at Glasgow City Chambers at 6.30pm. Free tickets can be obtained from RfllD Scotland on 041 332 0343 (voice) or 332 5023 (minlcom).