Scotland’s T in the Park festival will not take place in 2017, organisers have confirmed.
Promoter DF Concerts has announced the event will be “taking a break” next year following a turbulent couple of years since it was forced to move from Balado, Kinross, to the grounds of Strathallan Castle 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,” said DF in a joint statement with the event’s founding partner, Tennent’s Lager.
“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.”
This year’s festival saw performances from acts including Stone Roses, Calvin Harris, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, The Last Shadow Puppets, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Disclosure, Bastille and The 1975, but was marred by three drug-related deaths at the campsite.
The Daily Record has reported that T In The Park bosses are planning new three-day outdoor summer music festival for Glasgow Green, to be held on the second weekend in July 2017.