With no news on next year's T in the Park fuelling speculation that it's taking a year out next year, it has been revealed festival organisers DF Concerts have been seeking to host a separate non-camping music festival in July 2017 in Glasgow.
Last year T in the Park announced it's dates in mid-October ahead of revealing the first headlining act at the start of November and then putting tickets on sale. With a fortnight having passed since that date this year, there's increasing concern amongst festival fans that the event may be taking a year out. However in 2015 tickets did not go on sale until 1st December and ahead of any line-up announcement.
eFestivals has contacted Festival Republic earlier this month to ask if the event is still slated for 2017 and were told they were intending to run the event again next year. However the new Glasgow event is slated for July (the same month T in the Park is traditionally held in) and so it would either be a sister event sharing acts (although there is talk of it appealing to an older demographic making that unlikely), or it would mean the organisation have decided to take a year out from the 3 day camping even in Perthshire.
Glasgow City Council have released a statement making it clear they are not interested in making the proposed event an alternative venue for the main festival. A council spokesman said: "We will not be, and are not interested in, hosting T in the Park."
We will have to wait and see how DF Concerts' non-camping festival fits into plans with T in the Park, but it's clear that organisers are quick to explain it will not be a T in the Park replacement. If dates for next year's T in the Park are forthcoming we'd anticipate them to be revealed before Christmas.
Scottish newspaper the Sunday Record, (here), broke the news over the wekeend, and quotes a source saying, "This would not be T in the Park coming to Glasgow but a completely new festival. The acts involved are likely to appeal to a slightly older demographic. Everyone who has been involved so far is really excited at the prospect. Some acts have already been sounded out, though their identities are being kept under wraps. Glasgow Green has hosted massive gigs including The Stone Roses and Radio One’s Big Weekend in 2014. It’s a five-minute walk from some of the best pubs and clubs the city has to offer. It’s been made clear that this isn’t T in the Park comes to Glasgow but it would obviously be madness to run both events up against each other. It could mean T taking a break for a year."
They also quote an industry insider, who believes, "There is no way DF could, or would, run two events of this scale alongside each other. This is going to be a massive change but you can see all the advantages with Glasgow. It wipes out problems with infrastructure and means the site will be cleared every night."
Conversely before this they publish that a source close to organisers DF Concerts has said they are not yet ruling out T in the Park at Strathallan next year. Adding "This is under consideration but no final decisions have been reached. Everything is up for discussion and it is still entirely possible that T could go ahead at Strathallan next year. It remains the preferred option, though a number of alternatives are being examined. It is possible that T could take a break and a festival takes place on Glasgow Green."
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