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  1. TRNSMT Festival 2017

    Don't think the landowners ever wanted them to leave! HSE seemed to be the stumbling block in the last few years at Balado. I remember Geoff Ellis made some comments about amount of hoops he had to jump through to get past HSE. We will see. This lad said it was a given it would be back and at Balado. Maybe he was just talking pish but constructing festival sites is his job so maybe not?
  2. TRNSMT Festival 2017

    I did have a few doubts over the T to Balado claim. However had a chat with mate about it this morning. One of his mates, who I have met once, was quite high up at Tennents in marketing until late last year. He had gave us previous info about T including telling us about headliners from last years T before they were revealed, which I stuck on the board. One of the things my mate said he was told was that T signed a 4 year contract with Strathallan when they moved there. Tying it into this lads claims, T did 2 festivals there, didn't do one this year and the site construction lad said it possibly wouldn't be back next year (year 4) which would then free them up to go back to Balado in 2019 as they would be out of contract.
  3. TRNSMT Festival 2017

    Was there Friday/Saturday, my thoughts. Friday was decent. I'm not a Radiohead fan but went with friends who are as I wanted to just have a day out at a festival. I did think the main stage crowd was very "laid back" all day but that was probably in relation to the acts on stage, nothing was really "up tempo". I thought sound was good early on but I did hear a few complaints about it. Spent some time at Smirnoff and was good, JD seemed too small a stage and Tuts was also decent, Be Charlotte probably being highlight of the day for me. Had a good meal in town beforehand so didn't need to eat on site but as OLF said above, seemed to be a lot of cheapy burger stalls. Drink was ok, cider did me and had a few vodkas too. Have to say that on Friday I thought it was doddle getting a drink and there was more than enough loo's, never had to wait. I watched an hour of Radiohead from the left of the sound stage. Got very busy and there was a lot of pushing/shoving/folks wanting to get forward. You always get some of that but this seemed to be constant. Had one incident when some guy trying to get forward was roaring in a lassies face calling her for everything, her boyfriend just stood there no saying a thing. Then a bloke in front of me started on the guy for the way he was behaving towards the lassie, they were going head to head for a good couple of minutes but thankfully never turned physical. Saturday Night and day compared to Friday for toilets and drink. Site seemed totally rammed. The queue at The Pub and the main bar nearest Tuts seemed about 60-90 mins early afternoon as Gerry Cinnamon was coming on. Getting round the site was hard, felt like back to the old days of rammed TITP. We eventually got a drink at bar to left of Cocktail Cocktail and went and sat in the big grass area to left of welfare tent, where big map was. Was a great space as was huge, untrodden grass and only a max of about 15 people max in that area all afternoon. If it hadn't been for that I would have left completely as it was becoming difficult just to move about rest of site. Bar the 25-30 mins queue to get another drink I ended up spending about 3.5 hours there and only headed round to rest of site about 25 mins before Kasabian. Saw them, decent spot on the path to left of Main, busy but no where near as rammed as where I had been for Radiohead the night before. Great set and good crowd round about me. Dont know what the crowd was like numbers wise on Friday compared to sold out Saturday but felt like significant more people there Saturday. Overall enjoyed it both days, being city centre was excellent as could get good food at reasonable prices before going in and was back at hotel in 20 mins after gig. But they have to work out better bar set up or more staff if it's going to be as busy as Saturday in future. One final comment. When having a quiet pint in the afternoon we got talking to a lad who was on the site construction crew. Did TITP too as well as some other festival sites as well as Edinburgh festival. We asked him about T and he said he has been told T will be back and it will be back at Balado, possibly not next year but would be year after if not. Will see if that is the case.
  4. TRNSMT Festival 2017

    I live about 20 mins drive from Balado. I attended every T bar 1 year there and never camped. All I can say is that getting your own (warm and dry) bed at night, a decent nights sleep, getting a warm shower in the morning, fresh and dry clothes if needed, food that doesn't cost £8.40 for a sausage on a roll, use of a normal toilet etc saw me through some very nasty hangovers and attendance most days over that period. Its not very "rock n roll" but its practical as fvck!
  5. TRNSMT Festival 2017

    They are live now on FB video, potential announcement coming.
  6. TRNSMT Festival 2017

    Numbers and letters on the left hand side, there is a 1, 8 and 2 so thats obviously Blink 182. And there is a spare A and 1 there to so thats A1 booked. Who are playing PKD Festival a week later so ties in. The 88 traditionally represents HH/Heil Hitler so possibly a Skrewdriver tribute act in the line up?
  7. I tend to go because it's the most convenient one for me, in theory, now, 1 hour tops from my house so I can get home each night, decent sleep, clean and dry for next again day. It's also the one most of my mates will go to. And I find that even amongst all the pop and DJs I have wide enough enjoyment to find a few acts each day I want to see. I've usually been one of Ts biggest defenders but even given all the positives above, it is finally losing its appeal for me.
  8. Yep we did same walk despite having non-camping tickets. As you said, it was busy but seemed good natured but that was 12.30 lunchtime. Your points about kids age and not getting served onsite, as well as actual costs, also very relevant. We have seen in this forum the amount of times questions asked about U18s getting drink in. You can add to that point in regards to kids at that age will a. have less tolerance to alcohol and not know when to slow down when feeling pished and b. seem to want to get wrecked in as quick as possible with whatever is cheapest and most alcoholic added in many taking whatever level of shit they take nowadays, stuff I wouldn't use to put a rat down, and it's just a deadly cocktail. I'm all for kids having a good time and don't want to sound like the old fart I am but there should always be a balance between the music and drink. Then again peer pressure huge for many of them, especially in these social media heavy days.
  9. IMO you put thousands of teens together in a confined space, fill all of them full of drink and a lot of them full of drugs and you are always going to get some level of bother, whether it's TITP, Glasgow, Edinburgh or whatever. The crowd is also predominantly teens and early 20s which is also a big factor. Other festivals will probably have a wider, more varied age range which dilutes the chance of radgey teens being camped next to each other.
  10. T in the Park 2016

    They have improved the arena layout loads since last year. Definitely well spaced out. Yes it's a hike from Main to Tuts but that's better than them being in each other's pockets. The weather is outwith their control and it looks like they have tried to compensate today by putting hay and wood chip down. From a few friends comments they have improved the bus parking and transport a lot. 90 mins from getting on bus to getting in house were good going even if it's only West Fife considering the roads roundabout the site. However part of the reason they have made buses work is by totally penalising cars/taxis. We arrived at PUDO on Friday and were aware it was "about a 30 min walk" to site. What we didn't expect was it was 30 mins along a boggy muddy path. Anyone heading with camping gear was in a world of trouble. So 30 mins along a muddy path to site but not that "site" means campsite entrance and then had to go through that and then a further campers security check to actually enter arena. So well over an hour to enter arena from PUDO. I could forgive the extra security given Thursday nights tragic events but it wasn't really that instrusive, just time consuming. Why there was no separate day ticket/non camping entrance direct into arena without having to go via campsite I have no idea? Coming out was equally as bad. To start with all non campers again had to head into campsite with a massive influx of campers as well. That was slow due to sheer weight of numbers heading in same direction. Path back to PUDO was ok Friday evening due to sun and wind drying it out a fair but was still a trek. However PUDO point was a disaster. It just seemed to be a massive tailback. Contrast 8 of us getting a taxi to friends mentioned above on bus. They were home 2 hours after Stone Roses went off stage, we were 3 1/2. That was mainly due to both the hour walk and hour wait for taxi to get into PUDO. I didn't make it yesterday but from friends who did, the walk back along path at night to PUDO involved wading through 6-10" deep mud, waiting even longer for taxi and getting home 4 hours after last act finished. Needless to say I am typing this from my house today as no one was going back 6 hours after getting in from yesterday's. I saw reports of 2 hour delays at PUDO. Tonight will be even worse as a lot of people traditionally head home via pick up rather than stay the extra night. So fair play to them for sorting arena and also bus transport problems by sounds of it. But for GE to do a video post yesterday saying ALL transport problems had been alleviated is wrong. I know they want to drive more people to buses but it's not always possible for people to get buses and those unable to shouldn't be penalised as much as this T has done so.
  11. Preparing for mud...

    Would agree with that. Unless T has had a completely dry week and has no rain at all forecast I would never go with trainers now, always wellies. Just been watching Geoff Ellis driving round whole site on a golf buggy on Facebook. First thoughts are layout looks far bigger than last year and hopefully that helps ground as everyone not trudging the same paths repeatedly.
  12. Preparing for mud...

    Yep fair point on the build up to 2012. I've got some pics from Friday 2012 earlier in day and ground is a wee bit churned although weather dry. The constant rain from Friday evening then destroyed what was left of any grass! 2011 was brutal. Again I've got pics of me and mates in sunshine early Sunday afternoon. I actually remember rain came as we were on way to main to watch Blondi, we stood for a bit but had to leave and ended up sheltering in a breast cancer awareness stall with a woman dressed in a giant breast suit! That was a first! The only year I went home early, left about 7 soaked through as hadn't been prepared for such heavy rain.
  13. Preparing for mud...

    I would probably disagree with that Angela. The Friday in 2012 was mainly fine from my memory and rain didn't really come until I was going to see New Order in Tuts towards the end of the night. However it did p down from then onwards and was p'ing down when I arrived back on the Saturday morning. I remember sitting in Transmissions Tent waiting for Jake Bugg to come on and watching the water run into the tent as it was on a slight slope. From there on it was absolute carnage, I was in tents most of afternoon and by time went to see Vaccines on main stage it was biblical mud indeed. Shows how quickly that even just a fair bit of rain and plenty footfall on the ground can churn things up. Superforecast on Windfinder has a bit of rain this evening (just started raining in Edinburgh but thats a fair way away) but, more importantly, dry and decent sun all day Thursday and Friday.
  14. Box Office at T in the Oark

    11pm according to this http://www.tinthepark.com/info
  15. Saturday

    It was indeed. Arrived about 11am, had a drink for 30 mins outside, got in about 1pm. Absolute carnage outside with no organisation. To be fair to them, the Sunday was like night and day in comparison. If they did one thing well last year it was organising entry on the Sunday in a controlled manner in comparison to Saturdays anarchy. They are saying the arena opens at 9am this year on Saturday, pretty certain its been 11am last few years so you would hope that there will not be the build up of people like last years. That and them staggering bus arrival times means it should be easier. Should be....
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