T in the Park won't be going ahead in 2017, according to the festival's organisers DF Concerts. Since being forced to move from its site in Balado (in the Perth and Kinross area) to Strathallan Castle two years ago, the event has been plagued with access issues, leading to the organisers' decision to "take stock and take a year out to try to resolve the issues". The festival, which has previously played host to Beyoncé and Jay Z, was due to take place as part of the UK's 2017 summer festival season as it has done for the past 23 years. However, given the problems currently plaguing T in the Park, added to the three deaths at this summer's event, the organisers are now hoping to review and return soon to "deliver the kind of camping festival you are used to and deserve". Earlier in the year, we wrote an extensive piece examining the troubles that have plagued the festival in recent times. DF Concerts' full statement is as follows:
"To the best audience in the world…For over 23 years, T in the Park has been at the heart of Scotland's music scene – with you, by our side. But for now, sadly, we need to take a break.
"We launched T in the Park with one aim: to give Scottish music fans an unforgettable weekend with their friends enjoying the best acts from around the globe. And to say we achieved this together is an understatement. T in the Park has become one of the best known, biggest and most loved festivals in the world. When we launched back in 1994 there were only two music festivals in the UK – now there are many and T in the Park paved the way for all that have come and gone in Scotland since. We created more than just a festival; we created a family and decades of wonderful memories.
"However, the last couple of years have had their challenges. Against our will, and despite a prolonged fight, we were forced to move from Balado, Kinross 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.
"As the build-up to the festival was well under way 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, ospreys 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."
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