T-in-the-Park facing licencing scrutiny after 2015 mistakes

February 2016

Live events sector



The Scotsman says that senior officials at Perth & Kinross Council have warned they will not allow T in the Park to be staged again at the Strathallan Estate unless there is an overhaul of the event.


The Scotsman says that “a damning dossier” has revealed “the full scale of problems, including traffic congestion, concerns over crowd safety inside the arena and campsite security, and disruption to residents.” The council report said confidence in promoters DF Concerts had been “undermined”.
Environment director Barbara Renton told the Scotsman that although the council had taken a “can do approach” to major events, it was appropriate for T in the Park to be treated differently “until DF can demonstrate their capability to effectively manage this event in future.” Festival director Geoff Ellis, initially declared the event had a “great first year at Strathallan,” but later apologised for “challenges that we know impacted upon the weekend.”
The council has now reported a string of “organisational blunders” which are alleged to include last-minute changes to the event’s layout, infrastructure, transport plans and security arrangements, as well as repeated breaches of the event’s planning permission.
Plans were said to have been changed to cut costs, stewards lacked “basic knowledge” about the site, and transport arrangements “failed” each day, with hundreds left to walk along narrow country roads. Police Scotland reported a “significant increase” in violent incidents at the 2015 event, while the council said there were widespread reports of “a higher sense of uneasiness” from members of the public and council staff.
Ms Renton said: “Council staff will need substantial reassurances and evidence from DF that detailed plans will be prepared on time, and the event will be delivered more effectively, before officers could have confidence in recommending it takes place at Strathallan again.
“Officers had a high degree of confidence in DF Concerts and expected that organisers could manage fundamental event requirements such as stewarding and signage. This confidence has been undermined following management of TITP 2015. There requires to be a recalibration of the relationship with DF Concerts”


MusicWeek reported that Promoter DF Concerts said it was “incredibly disappointed” to fall short of its usual standards and has pledged to implement key changes this year. “We have worked with Perth and Kinross Council for the last 20 years to deliver T in the Park,” said DF Concerts in a statement. “We’re incredibly disappointed that, for the first time, we did not achieve the high standards of event management and customer service that we have set for ourselves which the council and our customers have, quite rightly, come to expect. We note all points of Perth and Kinross Council’s report as published and remain focused on implementing key changes for 2016. We will not be disappointing ourselves, Perth & Kinross Council, the local community and especially our fans in 2016 and in truth, we look forward to being able to demonstrate that.
T in the Park recently made a series of management appointments as part of a re-structure of the festival’s operational team. The festival’s former police event commander Colin Brown has been named security manager, and former road police inspector Ian Martin will take on the role of traffic manager. APL Events have been appointed to look after site management, when the festival hopefully returns to Strathallan Castle from July 8th – 10th.
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/music/damning-t-in-the-park-dossier-threatens-to-cancel-2016-event-1-4007498 and http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/t-in-the-park-bosses-slammed-over-2015-failings/063913

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