T in the Park will have 'boutique feel' at new site

T in the Park

As 2014's festival comes to a close, organiser Geoff Ellis has reflected on T in the Park's 18 years at the Balado site and explained what it will be like when it relocates next year.

Concerns about an oil pipeline underneath the Balado site mean the festival will be held at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire from 2015.

"It'll have more of a boutique feel I suppose," said Ellis.

The plan is to maintain a similar capacity, with space for 85,000 people.

It'll be a voyage of discovery for those going
Geoff Ellis
T in the Park organiser

"It'll be a little bit like Glastonbury where you can go to Shangri-La and not spend any time anywhere else.

"There are lots of mature trees, a castle, tree lined avenues," he said of the new site.

"It'll be a voyage of discovery for those going."

He added: "We might split the fields so, for example, have one field for leftfield music and the healthy eating area."

Paolo Nutini
Image caption Paolo Nutini performed on the main stage at this year's festival

Over the weekend Paolo Nutini told Newsbeat there will be a "whole new buzz in a whole new setting" when the festival moves.

The singer said: "As long as the music's good, people will take to it just the same."

Despite remaining positive about the benefits of the new site at Strathallan Castle, Ellis said he still finds it "ridiculous" they have to move.

"The HSE have said the consequence of something happening with the pipeline is unthinkable," he said.

"But the pipeline goes under a school and that's unthinkable too.

"Schools are active five days out of seven. We're here one weekend of the year."

He claimed that despite support from the council, the festival was still forced to relocate and they will now "embrace that with open arms".

An online statement from HSE Scotland director Alistair McNab says it is "an advisor to the planning system and has no power to prevent the event happening at its current or any other location".

Arctic Monkeys
Image caption Arctic Monkeys closed the festival on Sunday night

Artists including Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris and Haim have played to thousands over the weekend, with Arctic Monkeys rounding off the main stage on Sunday night.

"There's a lot of sadness," said Ellis about the feeling backstage.

"When the Arctics come off Sunday it'll hit us all."

It's the end of an era but the start of a new chapter and we're looking forward to it
Geoff Ellis
T in the Park organiser

The area in and around Balado, near Kinross, goes from being relatively sparsely populated, to becoming Scotland's fifth biggest town, the weekend of T in the Park.

Ellis said he believes the people who live nearby have been vital to the festival.

"It's with a heavy heart that we have to leave Kinross, we've got a great relationship with the local community," he said.

"The main thing we'll miss is the local community, residents and businesses."

Despite his frustration with the move, Ellis said he is determined to make the new site a success.

"It's the end of an era but the start of a new chapter and we're looking forward to it."

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