Site complications have forced organisers to take a year off, though they assure it's not the end of their much-loved event.
T In The Park has been one of Scotland's key music events for the past 23 years, hosting a mix of stadium-sized rock, pop and electronic acts. Now, due to ongoing complications with the site, DF Concerts, the company behind the event, and founding partner Tennent’s Lager have decided to pull next year's edition, with the aim to return at some point in the future.
According to a statement released today (November 24th), the problems started in 2015, when the festival was forced to move from its long-running home at Balado airfield to Strathallan Castle. "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."
The statement continues: "As the build up to the festival was well underway we were informed by Scottish Government Ministers that we would have to apply for full planning permission due to the presence of an unregistered, but protected in law, osprey's nest. The constraints—logistically and financially—that the resulting planning conditions put upon us are simply not workable. 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. 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."
One of T In The Park's best-known arenas was The Slam Tent, run by the famous Glasgow techno duo. It's been an annual feature since 1997, hosting heavyweights like Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Laurent Garnier and Carl Cox.