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​T In The Park Festival Is No More, Organiser Reveals

​T In The Park Festival Is No More, Organiser Reveals

T in the Park festival will not be returning, the organiser behind the event has revealed.

Despite becoming Scotland's biggest festival, Geoff Ellis explained that T in the Park had simply 'ran its course', and that because of that it would now be a thing of the past.

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Speaking to Newsbeat, he explained: "It was an amazing festival, but it ran its course."

Ellis added: "Everyone loved T and we all had great fun doing it."

Organiser Geoff Ellis. Credit: PA
Organiser Geoff Ellis. Credit: PA

T in the Park had be an annual fixture of the UK's festival scene since 1994, when Rage Against the Machine and Primal Scream were the headline acts.

For its first three years, the festival took place at Strathclyde Park, near Hamilton in Lanarkshire, before it moved to Balado in Perth and Kinross and, more recently, Strathallan Castle.

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The last event took place in 2016, before being put on hiatus the next year following difficulties at a new site, after its move from Balado to Strathallan Castle.

Maxi Jazz of Faithless on the main stage in 2016. Credit: PA
Maxi Jazz of Faithless on the main stage in 2016. Credit: PA

A statement from the organisers at the time said 'continued restrictions' had proven to have a 'negative impact' on festivalgoers, and that the limitations placed on fans' experience were 'too great'.

The statement continued: "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."

At the time, Ellis announced that organisers were 'taking a break' from T in the Park, but went onto to launch TRNSMT - which many speculated would act as a replacement.

He said: "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.

"The continued restrictions means that the negative impact on our fans and the limitations placed on their experience is too great."

However, until now, organisers had not confirmed or discussed the long-term future of either event.

"It's all about TRNSMT for us now," Ellis told Newsbeat, speaking ahead of this year's TRNSMT event - which takes place this weekend with headline performers including Stormzy, Catfish And The Bottlemen and George Ezra.

A festivalgoer at TRNSMT in 2017. Credit: PA
A festivalgoer at TRNSMT in 2017. Credit: PA

"Things move on and we keep creating.

"The festival scene's really, really healthy these days and it's great to still be amongst it."

Ellis continued: "You can always look fondly on the past.

"It was really the third major festival in the UK. We've got some great memories... We'll always have them and so will all the people who grew up with it."

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Topics: News, uk news, Music

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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