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Row over cheap Bute jazz tickets

A row has erupted over a pilot scheme offering extra discounts on tickets to this year's Isle of Bute Jazz Festival. Pictured here are Rose Room, one of the big hits of the festival in recent years, who will be returning in 2013.

A row has erupted over a pilot scheme offering extra discounts on tickets to this year's Isle of Bute Jazz Festival. Pictured here are Rose Room, one of the big hits of the festival in recent years, who will be returning in 2013.

The owners of a Rothesay guest house have spoken out against the organisers of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival, claiming that they’ve refused to offer discounted tickets to revellers if they are not staying with specific accommodation providers.

Heather and Calum Robertson, who run Argyle House B&B in the town’s Argyle Street, told The Buteman that for the past 11 years, five ladies have stayed with them during the annual festival on the island, and have always received a discounted rate for tickets by booking in advance.

But the Robertsons say that this year the group was told the discounted tickets would not be made available as Argyle House is not one of the festival’s ‘listed’ accommodation providers.

* To read the Robertson’s complaint in full, and the response from the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival committee, pick up your copy of the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from February 14.

 

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