The undisputed king of Scottish mega-festivals, T in the Park, lately announced that it will be taking a year off in 2017. In contrast to other vague cancellation announcements, organizers lay the blame squarely on government officials — and some infant birds.
From the official statement on the internet site:
“Against our will, and in spite of a prolonged fight, we have been forced to move from Balado, Kinross in 2015. This move was a mammoth activity for the occasion and a single that was compounded by a series of onerous internet site restrictions placed upon us as preparations for the occasion in 2015 took location. As the develop up to the festival was well underway we were informed by Scottish Government Ministers that we would have to apply for complete Arranging Permission due to the presence of an unregistered, but protected in law, osprey’s nest. The constraints – logistically and financially – that the resulting planning situations put upon us are just not workable.”
It’s been a rough road for Scottish music festival lately. Rockness, 1 of the largest fests in the country, was last held in 2013, and Wickerman Festival was cancelled in 2016 after the death of a co-founder.
At least one particular festie thinks the festival is worth saving. Danny Beggan has began an on the web petition and hopes that having ten,000 signatures will force the matter to be debated in Scottish Parliament. A lot more hope for the future of the festival — the BBC is reporting that Glasgow is in talks with T in the Park organizers as a future venue.
Odds of a Return: The demand for a Scottish mega-festival is higher and T in the Park definitely has the wills and the means to provide. If they can discover a satisfied venue, they’ll certainly be back. We put this one particular at 9 out of ten.