Scotland's renowned live music scene, which in recent months has included performances by Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay, contributes hundreds of millions of pounds a year to the country's economy.

According to a new report by UK Music, 928,000 music tourists visited Scotland in 2015 to attend a live concert or music festival - generating a total of £295 million for the economy.

The industry also helped to sustain 3,230 full-time jobs across the nation as visitors flock to events such as T in the Park, Celtic Connections and the Wickerman festival.

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UK Music claim the report, named Wish You Were Here 2016, reveals the huge boost that live concerts and festivals bring to Scotland, both culturally and financially.

Jo Dipple, UK Music chief executive said: "The appetite for live music has continued to grow. Last year overseas music tourism increased by 16%, whilst British music events were attended by a staggering 27.7 million people in 2015.

"What this report shows, unequivocally, is the economic value of live music to communities, cities and regions."


Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, added: "Scotland attracts almost a million music tourist each year. People come to our nation to enjoy our festivals and gigs, generating £105 million in spend in the process.

"Scotland is rich in creativity. We must continue to champion our creative industries and the vital role that they provide to our communities and economy."

The report, created by Oxford Economics on behalf of UK Music, also highlighted Glasgow as a hotspot for live music tourism.

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Last year, 1.4 million people attended music events in the city, including 449,000 music tourists who generated £105 million in revenue for the city.

Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central, said: "Glasgow has been recognised by UNESCO as a City of Music, and we are lucky to have a wealth of venues including the Barrowlands and King Tuts, to the City Halls and the Royal Concert Hall, the SECC and the Hydro.

"Glasgow is also growing musical talent and reaching out to the world through the efforts of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


"Last year alone, almost half a million music tourists came to Glasgow, providing over 1100 jobs for local people and a boost of over £100 million to the city’s economy."

The figures were also welcomed by Patrick Grady, MP for Glasgow North, who claimed Glasgow has always been an artistic and cultural city.

He said: "Glasgow’s music scene is famous around the world, and is recognised by UNESCO as one of nine global Cities of Music.

"The Wish You Were Here research from Music UK shows just how important the industry is to the city’s economy - generating £105 million in tourism and sustaining well over 1000 jobs across the city.

"People who want to make a career in music, or enjoy live music in fantastic settings, are absolutely right to wish they were here.

"Glasgow has always been a hub for artistic and cultural creativity, and the thriving music scene is a huge part of that success story.

"We’ve got the venues, the talent, and the support networks that I’m sure will keep the music scene going from strength to strength."