A nightclub boss has sparked a disagreement with the Dundee Dance Occasion (DDE) over claims he’s trying to “money in” on the occasion’s success.
Membership boss Tahir Ramzan has submitted an utility to run a pop-up bar with stay music exterior the outdated Clydesdale Financial institution on the Nethergate.
The previous Clydesdale Financial institution constructing on the Nethergate, Dundee
Mr Ramzan, who has run a number of nightclubs in Dundee, hopes to stage the 100-person occasion from noon-11pm on Might 5.
His utility has been met with resistance from metropolis licensing officers, who say it could possibly be a “public nuisance” to the adjoining Queens Resort, which fears for the consolation of its friends.
Nonetheless, the strongest objector to the plans is Mike McDonald, organiser of DDE, which takes place on the identical day.
Mr McDonald has accused Mr Ramzan of trying to trip on the coat-tails of DDE, and of trying to affiliate occasions with DDE with out permission.
Dundee Dance Occasion
The Dundee Dance Occasion attracts tons of of individuals
One such occasion additionally going down on Might 5, promoted by one in all Mr Ramzan’s golf equipment on-line, touts itself as “the most important dance occasion of the yr for Dundee”.
In a proper objection letter to the licensing board, Mr McDonald says: “The aim of the appliance is to ‘money in’ on the success of the Dundee Dance Occasion by profiting from the big crowds that will likely be within the metropolis centre on that day.
“(These on-line posts are) designed to confuse and mislead folks into pondering his venue is internet hosting the most important dance occasion of the yr in Dundee.
“It clearly isn’t however has the phrases Dundee, dance and occasion within the first sentence.
“This might imply folks being confused that the applicant’s occasion is a part of DDE which can have a adverse influence on DDE.”
Mr McDonald additionally claims that bother at any “copycat” occasions might have a adverse impact on the general public notion of DDE as an “already established” fixture within the calendar.
Nonetheless, Mr Ramzan, accused DDE organisers of trying to “monopolise” the day, including that his occasion is “very completely different”.
He mentioned: “We plan forward with our visions. This explicit utility was deliberate a substantial time in the past to spotlight the gorgeous constructing and grounds of 158 Nethergate.
“This can be a excessive profile unique occasion showcasing the positioning and never a loud music occasion.”
Mr Ramzan added he had beforehand run occasions alongside DDE “with no objections”, including: “We now have helped DDE organisers previously once they have been caught for venues.”
He mentioned: “Everyone seems to be allowed to make a sound objection as is their proper, however I’m stunned at this.
“When did it turn out to be that one occasion can monopolise the day and nobody else is allowed to commerce or create a novel occasion on similar day except they’ve paid cash to be a part of one thing they select to not be a part of?
“I need to level out we’re within the music enterprise seven days every week, 365 days a yr. That is our livelihood.
“We’re knowledgeable enterprise and function inside the legislation and sit up for the council listening to.”
The licensing board will hear extra about Mr Ramzan’s utility on Thursday.