T In The Park in doubt once again after ‘damning report’ on last year’s problems

Noel Gallagher - captured here live in New York - was one of the headliners at T In The Park 2015 (Photo: Paul Bachmann for Live4ever Media)

Noel Gallagher – captured here live in New York – was one of the headliners at T In The Park 2015 (Photo: Paul Bachmann for Live4ever Media)

T In The Park could still be prevented from going ahead this year after the significant problems suffered in 2015 upon its move to a new home at Strathallan Estate, reports The Scotsman.

During that weekend in July, fans complained of a logistical nightmare in and around the location which many claimed went as far as presenting a significant danger to the safety of festival-goers.

Despite this, last October organiser Geoff Ellis confirmed the festival will continue at Strathallan Castle whilst at the same time addressing the need for his team to, ‘focus on making the changes needed to fix the issues and to ensure that T in the Park is a festival that we can all be proud of once again in 2016 and beyond’.

However, as The Scotsman reveals, a dossier just published looking deeper into the problems suffered last year focuses on traffic congestion, concerns over crowd safety and security, and disruption to local residents, all leading senior figures at Perth & Kinross Council to apparently consider blocking the event from going ahead this summer.

“Council staff will need substantial reassurances and evidence from DF Concerts that detailed plans will be prepared on time, and the event will be delivered more effectively, before officers could have confidence in recommending that the event takes place at Strathallan again,” Barbara Renton, director of environment, has said.

“Officers had a high degree of confidence in DF Concerts and expected that organisers could manage fundamental event requirements such as stewarding and signage. This confidence has been undermined following DF Concerts’ management of TITP 2015.”

“There requires to be a recalibration of the relationship with DF Concerts, and an upscaling of monitoring to ensure the failings of 2015 are not repeated, should DF Concerts consider holding TITP at Strathallan in future.”

Tickets for T In The Park 2016 are on sale with the marquee booking of The Stone Roses already confirmed.

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