ANGRY and disappointed people have spoken out following the cancellation of live music at the Christmas Village because of two complaints.
Bands will no longer perform in the entertainment marquee after Aberdeen Inspired, who help organise the Aberdeen Winter Festival, received two noise complaints.
The move comes just days after street traders at the Castlegate were told to turn down their Christmas music.
Evening Express readers took to social media to slam the latest decision.
On Facebook Dani Rose Mackay said: “For once there is some form of fun in Aberdeen and some muppet ruins it. Good one!”
Pamela Reid-Anderson agreed: “Scrooge is alive and well! Bag humbug you moaners.
“Aberdeen has needed something like this for a long time and because of two complaints it’s cancelled!
“Need to cancel every Friday and Saturday night out then! Oh and Hogmanay, Bonfire night, etc.”
Anne Murison said: “Why don’t you just take away everything Christmas related.
“Take the lights down next cos let’s face it they must be annoying someone who is trying to sleep.
“Disgrace. Aberdeen is a joke. First the music at the Castlegate and now this. BAH HUMBUG.”
Colin Mackenzie said: “It’s really disappointing that there has been a lot of effort put into the Christmas Village, which is well overdue for the city, and to be knocked back by a few narrow-minded people is disgusting.
“Every other city does this so why are these people being listened too.
“You will never please everyone, but I’m sure the majority of the city is glad to have the village and everything that goes with it.”
Andy Keay said: “Amazing! 1000s of people voted on Union Terrace Gardens project, 1000s vote and even protest against the new council building and were all ignored…. Two complaints about noise from the Christmas village and they start cancelling things!!!”
@EveningExpress Awful reactionary decision and bizarre timing since the events have been on for a month. Once again culture suffers.
— SeasStarry (@seasstarry) December 21, 2015
@EveningExpress Folks try to do something positive for the city, and this sort of thing happens. How utterly ridiculous.
— Katrina Allan (@trini_allan) December 21, 2015
Gary Craig, CEO of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “It’s our first year on Union Terrace so we have to accept the wishes of businesses and residents.
“It’s a bit gutting, because we want to build on this year’s success.
“The marquee has been a key part, people have been enjoying live music but when there are residents it’s always a risk.
“We were excited to invite the bands along, we’re disappointed and I’m sure they will be as well.
“There’s not a lot we can do at this time of year, there’s always a risk with having live entertainment.
“We will have to review this for next year.”
Aberdeen Inspired confirmed that the bands and individuals booked to perform would still receive their fee.