T in the Park festival ‘to take a break’

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T in the Park’s current site is at Strathallan Castle

Scotland’s largest music festival, T in the Park, is to take a break next year, its organisers have confirmed.

DF Concerts said it needed to “take stock” and that the two years since the festival moved to Strathallan from Balado “have had their challenges.”

The promoter said “continued restrictions” had had a “negative impact” on festivalgoers.

It added that the limitations placed on their fans’ experience were “too great”.

The organisers said: “We now need to take stock and take a year out to try to resolve the issues so that we can once again deliver the kind of camping festival you are used to and deserve.”

The festival’s first year at Strathallan in 2015 was plagued by traffic problems, leading to organisers implementing a transport plan for this summer’s event.

Two teenagers died at this year’s festival in separate incidents, while witnesses reported fights and illicit drug use in the campsite area.

‘Onerous site restrictions’

A statement by DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager said: “Against our will, and despite a prolonged fight, we were forced to move from Balado, Kinross in 2015.

“This move was a mammoth task for the event and one that was compounded by a series of onerous site restrictions placed upon us as preparations for the event in 2015 took place.”

It said that the logistical and financial constraints placed upon it by those planning conditions are “simply not workable”.

The company added: “We tried our best to work with the pressures placed upon the site by bringing in an additional team and fixing the first year traffic issues, but ultimately we’re not in control of the overall site layout and the continued restrictions means that the negative impact on our fans and the limitations placed on their experience is too great.”

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Thousands of fans camped at this year’s festival at Strathallan Castle

Strathallan councillor Tom Gray, who is convener of Perth and Kinross Council’s development management committee, said he was “disappointed” at the announcement.

He said the decision on whether the festival would return to the site in 2018 was “entirely up to DF Concerts”.

Mr Gray said: “I would like to see it back because it is some sort of help to the area.

“The first year was a big learning curve. Last year was a big improvement, no question about that.

“But I can only wait and see what they will apply for next time around and consider it then.”

T in the Park has been held every year since 1994.

The first three years were held at Strathclyde Park near Hamilton before it moved to Balado in Perth and Kinross, where it grew to a three-day festival attracting 225,000 people, including 70,000 campers.

In 2015 the festival moved to Strathallan Castle in Perthshire.

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