T in the Park festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partner Tennent’s Lager have confirmed the Scottish musical event will take a break in 2017 following “challenges” and “continued constrictions” after it was forced to moved site last year.
The organisers are blaming the decision not to go ahead with the music festival next year after being told by Scottish Government Ministers that they 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,” DF Concerts and Tennent’s said in a joint statement.
“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.”
The festival's first year at new site Strathallan Castle (it was previously held at Balado airfield) in summer 2015 was marred by traffic problems, meaning organisers has to implement a transport plan for this summer's event.