T in the Park may have been cancelled, but you can never stop the music.
If we were all given a fiver for every truly great T in the Park memory, perhaps we could come to some arrangement…
Music festivals are an incredibly saturated market right now, with new events popping up every single year to encourage audiences away from the big dogs. It’s incredibly difficult to compete with the likes of Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds, but there are some other really terrific festivals that continue to draw in crowds of music enthusiasts.
One of the big names has long been T in the Park; like Glastonbury, the Scottish weekender boasts a real sense of prestige. Year in year out, festivalgoers were content to book their tickets far in advance, safe in the knowledge that the organisers would deliver great acts, with the headliners alone enough to warrant admission.
So, it came as a huge shock in 2016 when it was announced the festival would be taking a break. Now, it looks like we’ll never see another.
Farewell to Scotland’s finest
The music festival began in 1994 and took place annually all the way up until 2016. For those who have supported it from the beginning, the event has been the home of pure happiness and joyous memories for two decades.
There’s no place like a festival, and T in the Park was particularly successful in securing recurring fans. If you’ve been, the chances are it wasn’t just the once. Over the years, acts like Coldplay, Eminem, Kasabian, Blur, R.E.M., Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Beyoncé, The Stone Roses, Rihanna, Biffy Clyro and many more have headlined the main stage there.
Pulling in huge names like this every year, it really makes you wonder what happened. Let’s take a look…
Why was T in the Park cancelled?
In late 2016, the festival organisers announced that 2017’s edition of T in the Park would not go ahead. On Twitter, they issued the statement; “TITP is having to take a break. THANK YOU for the memories so far, until next time.”
Inevitably, regular attendees were gutted about it, considering they had such great headliners as Calvin Harris, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Stone Roses that year. People were a little confused, but it wasn’t anything too worrying. After all, even Glastonbury takes a year out sometimes, but it’s always back bigger and better than ever.
However, they didn’t announce that it would be a year out, instead choosing not to declare a determined amount of time. Of course, the festival failed to resume in 2018, and this year we haven’t had much luck either.
Sadly, as reported by The Sun, organisers have confirmed that T in the Park will not return. The same source notes that the 2017 event was cancelled due to the move the recurring site at Balado to Strathallan Castle estate in Perthshire. It’s said this posed numerous issues with staging the event, and clearly, it’s made hosting the event far too difficult, both financially and strategically.
That’s that then, no more T in the Park! On the other hand, there’s TRNSMT Festival.
The festival arrived in 2017, just at the time T in the Park would cease to run. It’s proved a rather fitting replacement for the renowned Scottish festival, taking place in Glasgow and offering festivalgoers just as many huge names.
This year, it took place between Friday, July 12th and Sunday, July 14th. Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Lewis Capaldi and George Ezra held down the top spots, with other acts such as Bastille, Years & Years, Jess Glynne and more also appearing across the weekend.
Next year’s line up is yet to be announced.
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