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Perth and Kinross Council gives the nod to brand new boutique festival

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A brand new festival expected to bring over £1 million to the Perth and Kinross economy has been given the green light. Otherlands - which hopes to attract a crowd of 7000 - will take place later this month from August 19-21 at Scone Palace.

Councillors this week unanimously agreed to award a temporary public entertainment licence for the forthcoming festival.The event is forecast to create 400 jobs over the course of the weekend with around £1.4 million spent on goods and services from local and regional suppliers.Organisers have pledged to raise £10,000 for local charities which include VisionPK.Otherlands is being described by its Edinburgh-based organisers FLY Events as a "new boutique music and arts festival".

Licensing lawyer Niall Hassard told Perth and Kinross Council's Licensing Committee on August 3 Scone Palace was "arguably one of the best venues".

At Wednesday's meeting in the council chambers he said: "They have a niche and that is 'good music for good people in great places' and Scone Palace is arguably one of the best venues Tom has had the privilege to work with." Tom Ketley is the festival's founder and Sam Joss the festival manager.

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