T in the Park to ‘take a break’ for 2017

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

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

The promoter said “continued restrictions” had had a “negative impact” on those attending the event.

It added that the “limitations placed on their fans’ experience was “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.

The organisers 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.”

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