TITP Overshadowed By Two Deaths

While newly implemented changes seem to have improved the festival experience, Scotland’s T in the Park festival started in sad fashion, with two unrelated deaths June 7-8 that are still being investigated.

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Second day of the music festival at Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, Scotland.

Both casualties were 17 years old, and their deaths are said to be drug-related. Drug seizures went up compared with last year’s edition, as stewards and police officers had increased scrutiny. The festival reported 429 crimes compared with 414 last year – with the number of serious assaults going down – and a total of 54 arrests compared to 57 last year.

“Police Scotland praised the general behavior of fans,” a statement released by promoter DF Concerts reads. Social media and comments on news websites speak of people not behaving, and a number of fights on the campsite. Medics reported slightly lower figures, “with 541 people in total presenting to the hospital tent with 27 being sent off to hospital.”

One of last year’s biggest bugbears was traffic management, which is why festival director Geoff Ellis brought in an expert, Ian Martin, as traffic manager. “Despite some adverse weather conditions, our contingency planning ensured that buses were cleared from the site within 1.5 hours of the arena closing every night with all other traffic cleared within around 3.5 hours. We thank fans for their co-operation and we must reiterate that bus is best for next year too,” Martin said.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Calvin Harris, The Stone Roses, Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem and many more took the stage at Strathallan Estate in Scotland July 7-10.

It was the second edition at the new site in Strathallan. “We had a tragic start to the event and our thoughts are still with the families and friends,” Geoff Ellis said. “Over the rest of the weekend, the music has been incredible with generations of musicians coming to Strathallan to perform. From emerging acts playing their hearts out on the T Break stage, to veteran rockers belting out tunes we all know and love, T in the Park continues to bring the best acts in the world to Scotland.”

He continued to say that “we valued every piece of feedback fans gave us in 2015 and this year we’re delighted that they’ve enjoyed the improved arena layout. I must extend a thanks to all of our multi-agency partners – Perth & Kinross Council, Transport Scotland, Police Scotland, NHS Tayside and the Scottish Ambulance Service – for their valued contribution to getting T in the Park back on track.

“Special thanks also to the local community for their support – we look forward to being good neighbors for years to come.”