“The worst individuals we’ve ever had to deal with” – Optimo (Espacio) castigate the people in charge of Glasgow’s Playground Festival, and claim “they treat local artists like s***”…

The problem with being a petulant arse who thinks they can behave in whatever way they please is that you’ll eventually try it on the wrong person. You can be lucky for many years, because many people don’t speak out about various kinds of crap behaviour.

But at some point, you’re going to land flat on your face courtesy of someone who gives you what you deserve. And by the looks of it, that’s what’s happened to the Playground Festival in Glasgow yesterday. The duo Optimo have witnessed how they’ve behaved, decided they don’t like it and called them out on it on social media.

Damning allegations are made here, including that one artist was given a mouthful of abuse by the festival’s promoters – and all for simply having the sheer temerity to ask for the money they’d previously agreed to pay her. I’ve written before about the shady behaviour of the shadowy figures in this scene, and this is a prime example of it.

Optimo even resorted to stopping the set for 15 minutes on the night as a protest to ensure they got paid – and by the looks of it, almost all the feedback they’re getting online is entirely supportive of their stance.

Playground Festival have been approached for comment, but have not responded at the time of publication.

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