T in the Park will relocate to Strathallan Castle after its 2014 festival, it was announced today (25 June).
About one hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Strathallan offers 1,000 acres of woodlands as the backdrop for the festival.
This is T in the Park’s third move in its history. The festival first launched at Strathclyde Park in Glasgow in 1994 before moving to Balado, Kinross-shire three years later.
The relocation comes after it was revealed earlier this year that an oil pipeline running beneath the site could carry a ‘dangerous dose of thermal radiation,’ according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Access reached out to organisers DF Concerts & Events to explain the reasons that led to the fest’s move.
“We’ve been extremely happy in Kinross for 18 years,” a DF spokesperson said, “but the restrictions placed upon us by health and safety protocol meant that we had no real option but to leave to safeguard the future of the event.
“We tried very hard to find a solution but the site orientation available to us was completely unworkable – plus we would have had to use additional fields, which were unusable. Rather than seriously damaging the quality of the event, we decided to move on – and we’re delighted to have found the perfect new home at Strathallan Castle.”
Strathallan, a 19th century castle, will take over in 2015 as host to T in the Park’s 85,000 fans.
“Like Balado, [Strathallan Castle] is right in the heart of Scotland and is easy to locate,” said Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts. “The landscape is stunning and it has a fantastic natural amphitheatre, which will lend itself beautifully for the main stage.”
T in the Park – Scotland’s biggest music festival – will give the Balado site a proper send-off at this year’s event, supported by the hashtag #ByeByeBalado.
The 2014 fest takes place on 11-13 July, with Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris and Arctic Monkeys headlining.
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You can read more about T in the Park in the July/August Scottish Special issue of Access All Areas.