DF Concerts will return £50,000 to Scottish Government as a result of cancelling T in the Park 2017. One-third of the grant given to help the festival’s mandatory move from Balado to Strathallan Castle in 2015 on the back of HSE concerns about an oil pipeline running under the Balado site.
“DF Concerts will be paying back the Scottish Government grant as per the contract,” a spokesperson for the promoter said simply. Contrary to reports, no ‘final demand’ for the money has been issued.
If, where and when T in the Park will return to the British festival map is unclear, but fans, and suppliers, can expect a qualified decision from the experts who delivered the event’s run of successes.
‘We tried our best to work with the pressures placed upon the [Strathallan] 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 mean that the negative impact on our fans and the limitations placed on their experience is too great,’ T organisers said in 2016.
‘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.’