CALLS have been made for Scotland’s biggest music festival to be moved to the Capital – after safety fears were revealed over its current home.
T in the Park’s organisers are looking for an alternative base for the event, after it was revealed the site runs over a potentially dangerous pipeline.
The revelation it is only likely to have one more year to run at Balado, before it is forced to move, has led many to proffer the west of Edinburgh as a possible new home for the festival.
Former city council leader Donald Anderson said the west of the city could prove an ideal location for the three-day event, which attracts more than 80,000 people each day.
He said: “It would be a fantastic event to have near our city. There were discussions about looking at bringing it to Ingliston when it first moved from Strathclyde Country Park.
“There are other areas to the west of the city which would be suitable too.
“Given that Edinburgh has had a troubled past in terms of getting music venues, this could be a way of bringing an event to the city.”
The festival was originally staged at Strathclyde Country Park in Hamilton, and has been at Balado since 1997.
It is estimated to be worth £40 million to the Scottish economy and £2.7m for Perth and Kinross.
Over the years, it has attracted some of music’s biggest names including Beyoncé, The Killers and Calvin Harris.
Although the Glasgow-based firm behind the three-day festival does not want to quit Balado, bosses are worried they will have growing problems gaining permission for the event.
Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion Steve Cardownie said: “T in the Park coming to the city would be a great boost to the economy.
“The Capital has a very good history of running events and it’s accessible to everyone who would want to come to T in the Park.
“The infrastructure is there and we’ve got the space – we’re well equipped should the organisers be looking for another venue.”
The current site at Balado spans 85 hectares – with Ingliston only measuring in at more than 40.
But the four-day Royal Highland Show welcomes 170,000 people each year – proving the capability is nearly there.
Bruce Findlay, former manager of Simple Minds has concerns Ingliston is not big enough. He said: “It will be a shame if it has to move, but if it does, west of Edinburgh would be a good location.
“Ingliston is an amazing site and it copes well with the crowds from the Royal Highland Show each year – although what they would think about all those rock and roll bands turning up!
“I’m not sure if there would be enough space for all of the campers at Ingliston, because the campsite is almost like a small village.
“That said, if it moved to Ingliston there would be more options than just camping and more people would perhaps go there for the day.”
A spokeswoman for T in the Park promoter DF Concerts and Events said they would continue to shift the site as required.