Organisers of the biggest music festival in Scotland, T in the Park, say they won’t be running it next year.
The announcement has led to disappointment for legions of music fans, with the festival having been one of the highlights in the British festival calendar. DF Concerts said it was now taking stock of the festival’s future because the move from Balado to Strathallan had proved challenging for the event.
The promoter said it had faced “continued restrictions” which led to a “negative impact” on music lovers at the festival. It said that the limitations were just too great to continue with T in the Park as it was.
In a statement, 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 first T in the Park at Strathallan was hit with traffic chaos. Then, two teenagers died at the festival this year in two separate incidents and festival goers said the event was rife with illegal drug use and violence.
T in the Park in 2015 received the highest number of complaints to organisers in the history of the festival. It was forced to move following health and safety fears about an oil pipeline which runs directly under its previous site.
The statement by DF Concerts and the festival’s 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.
“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.”