Festival organisers claim decision will allow them to attract bigger name artists
Next year’s T In The Park will go on until 1am after organisers were granted a late music license by the local council.
Organisers say that the unanimous decision made by Perth and Kinross Council will allow them to attract bigger name stars to the festival, which takes place over the weekend of July 11 – 13 at Balado, Kinross in 2014. Arctic Monkeys are the first headline act confirmed for next summer’s festival and will headline on the Friday.
In recent years the music from the stages has had to stop at midnight although the festival’s campsite is allowed to operate until 2am. Speaking to The Herald, event manager Colin Rodger said: “This change does not alter the overall operational times of the event as a whole with the campsite entertainment times remaining the same by concluding at 2am. We have the opportunity to bring two international headliner artists to the T in the Park line-up in a co-headliner format.”
He continued: “To achieve this both acts would need to perform in darkness which is why we have requested this extension of the operating times. In 2013 we were a few thousand short of selling out and bringing these two acts to the line-up we will significantly increase the demand for tickets and hopefully get back to full capacity.”
“As a result,” he added, “The local economic impact will be increased by the several thousand additional customers each day and should see a lift from 2013 which I see as a very tangible benefit to the local communities businesses and residents. Following robust discussions and planning with the local community it can be expected that there will be little impact to local residents.”
T In The Park celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with headline slots from The Killers, Rihanna and Mumford and Sons, with other acts at the festival including Kraftwerk, Beady Eye and Jake Bugg. A limited number of tickets for next year’s festival go on sale this Friday (November 22) at 9am. For more information head to Tinthepark.com.