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Talks over Festival site

T in the Park ends amid new site plan

t-in-the-parkScotland’s biggest music festival will not take place next year, confirming speculation that has been rumbling for months.

DF Concerts, the promoters behind T in the Park since its launch in 1994, and long-time sponsors Tennent’s Lager said the event would be “taking a break”.

The organisers are understood to be in talks about staging a new three-day event on Glasgow Green, though this was not confirmed in a joint statement.

It said: “For over 23 years, T in the Park has been at the heart of Scotland’s music scene – with you, by our side. But for now, sadly, we need to take a break.

“We launched T in the Park with one aim: to give Scottish music fans an unforgettable weekend with their friends enjoying the best acts from around the globe.

“And to say we achieved this together is an understatement. T in the Park has become one of the best known, biggest and most loved festivals in the world.

“When we launched back in 1994 there were only two music festivals in the UK – now there are many and T in the Park paved the way for all that have come and gone in Scotland since. We created more than just a festival; we created a family and decades of wonderful memories.

“However, the last couple of years have had their challenges. 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.

“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.”

It is thought that if a festival goes ahead in Glasgow it would not be called T in the Park and there would be no camping facilities.

Glasgow Green has hosted music events since since it was chosen as European Capital of Culture in 1990.

Three festival-goers died at this year’s T in the Park which was also dogged by traffic congestion, bad weather and lower ticket sales. There were reports of anti-social behaviour, although the 429 crimes reported was barely changed on the previous year’s 414.

Over the years the festival has featured top acts including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Paolo Nutini, Calvin Harris and The Killers.

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