Adam Neep (new_born14) wrote in tinthepark,
Adam Neep

Just thought you all may wantt o see this, from Virtual Festivals:

T In The Park bosses are aiming to steal Glastonbury's crown as the UK's number one festival by increasing its capacity to 120,000 over the next five years.

Just under 70,000 revellers soaked up the atmosphere at this weekend's festival in Kinross, but with no Glastonbury next year T In The Park is set to be the hottest ticket in the UK.

Organisers have already released 20,000 tickets for the event, which will be sold at this year's prices from 9am tomorrow morning (Tuesday).

Geoff said: "Glastonbury is the oldest festival in Britain but there's no reason why we can't be on a par with it. With no Glastonbury next year, it puts T in the spotlight as an international event. The site can take much more in terms of capacity and we would like to see it go up, but we will do it gradually. A five-year plan is what we would like and we can increase it by about 10,000 a year.

"We wouldn't want to increase it dramatically in one go, but we need to get this year over with first. We will then debrief with police, medics and council officials and see what we can do for next year. The important thing is we don't want to lose the atmosphere. Bands love T because it's so relaxed."

However some fans were left unhappy at the Balado site's change in layout this year. Several festival goers have contacted Virtual Festivals describing a bottle neck that formed where the Main Stage and Radio 1/NME crowds met.

Apparently fans at the right hand side of the Main Stage found themselves in the middle of surges towards a nearby bar and the popular second stage.

One said: "It's been a nightmare trying to get back and forward between the stages when a decent band is on. They haven't left much space, literally just meters, by the bar to get through and people were getting really annoyed about fans constantly pushing past them as they tried to watch bands on the Main Stage."

However, this appeared to be the only fault in an otherwise fantastic festival, which celebrated its 12th birthday with cracking sets from The Killers, Keane, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Travis and loads more.

By Saturday afternoon tops were off and female fans enjoyed the sun minus their bikinis. The temperature continued to rise yesterday and fans sweltered in one of the hottest T In The Parks in history. The first aid tent was inundated with fans needing sun cream.

The event passed off peacefully, with only 48 arrests made. Mark Hamilton, chief superintendent of Tayside Police, said: "The atmosphere on site today is extremely good. People are enjoying the bands, the sun and are very relaxed. So far, the number of people that have been apprehended is less than last year."

Full reviews will be posted here soon.

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