It has been a year of star-studded performances for the Scottish Event Campus - and now it has been hailed as one of their most successful years in history.

Bosses have credited a ‘tremendous year’ for the venue’s increasing financial success and a pull of almost 2.1m people in 2018.

More than one million show-lovers flocked to the campus’ SSE Hydro, which saw 144 acts from across the globe take to the stage.

Britney Spears, Sam Smith and Kevin Bridges stormed the Glasgow live scene, pulling in visitors from across the country and making the venue the fourth-busiest live entertainment arena in the world.

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Aside from the Commonwealth Games in 2014, this year has been named ‘financially the most successful year in the history of the SEC’.

The economic impact of the SEC generated net additional expenditure of over £1.25 million per day in the Glasgow area, a total of £457 million for the year.

Councillor Kenny McLean said: “The success of the SEC has been a great story for Glasgow in recent years, with the campus home to not only of the world’s greatest venues attracting so many of the greatest acts on Earth but also a conference and event destination of global significance.

“The performance of the SEC has generated an economic boost for the city, perhaps most visibly seen in Finnieston and neighbouring areas, and we can look forward to this growing in the future. The influence of the campus, and its financial success, has also helped to foster a thriving arts and cultural scene in these areas that adds to its attractiveness as a location in which to live, work, visit and invest.”

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The record figures come ahead of expansion plans for the campus.

The proposals map out extensions to exhibition halls and an additional 5,000 sq metres of event space added to the already established campus.

Councillor Angus Millar said: “The SEC’s proposed upgrade is an exciting opportunity to build on this success, and has an important part to play in revitalising the Clyde and making better use of the city’s riverfront.”