Gary Flockhart: T in the Park

Geoff Ellis. Picture: Greg Macvean
Geoff Ellis. Picture: Greg Macvean
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YOU’LL have had your tea. That famous line is about Edinburgh’s lack of hospitality, meaning that the visitor will have already eaten and so the host will not need to provide any grub.

The old adage sprung to mind as an obvious headline when the news emerged that the future of Scotland’s biggest music festival, T in the Park, was under threat from rare birds.

Fortunately, it seems like the “You’ll have had your T” headline will have to be put on hold, with organisers confident this year’s festival will go ahead, despite strong rumours it will not continue if it can’t take place at its new venue of Strathallan Castle this July.

During the week, T in the Park head honcho Geoff Ellis, pictured, insisted the festival WILL go ahead at Strathallan Castle – despite locals’ protests over a pair of protected birds – saying his money was “100 per cent” on the event going ahead as planned.

“I’m supremely confident of it happening, but I am choosing my words carefully because I don’t want to sound arrogant,” said the festival boss. “And I don’t want it to sound like I’m not paying respect to due process of the planning application.

“Consent will be given with conditions as was the case with T in the Park’s former home at Balado.”

That’s sure to come as a massive relief – not only to those who’ve already forked out for tickets (though they will of course be refunded if the festival doesn’t go ahead), but also to anyone who cares about live music in Scotland.

After all, while T in the Park has its knockers, it can’t be argued that Scotland needs T in the Park.

Not only does the biggest music festival the country has to offer bring heaps of stellar names our way – The Prodigy, The Libertines, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher and Jessie J are just some of the names on this year’s bill – lest we forget, it generated more than £15m for the economy last year.

Hopefully, then, we will be having our T, and for many years to come.