Neil, I don't think anyone is taking any joy in the festival struggling. Along with others I've been a pretty regular attendee and had some fantastic weekends. Problem with T is Ellis doesn't listen and lived in a bubble that he could fill the line up with any shite and it would sell no matter what. Having Calvin every year is a total disgrace.
T made some monumental errors with their bookings and regulars have drifted elsewhere. It's not as if there's not plenty other better value festivals dotted across Europe.
T has allowed itself to gain the reputation as the place to go for 16/17 year olds. When the official twitter feed started speaking like a jakey, I thought then they'd lost the plot.
I would love to see T getting back to selling out but they need to shake their current image.
I also don't agree that without T a lot of bands wouldn't be seen in Scotland. Can't think of any bands over the years who have only ever played at T. Ones who went on to be big/massive, can always play arenas or stadiums.