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Tragic Start To T in the Park Festival


T In The Park 2011

A dark cloud looms over this summers T in the Park festival in Scotland as police investigate two deaths on the opening day. A man and a women were both found dead in camping sections of the event yesterday; police believe that the deaths are unrelated.

Police are also investigating a mass brawl that occurred on Thursday night, footage of which has been circulating on social media.

The event is being held at Strathallen Castle in Perthshire after moving from previous location Balado in 2015 after 18 years. The tragic event comes only one day after festival director Geoff Ellis said that the organisers had learnt ‘massive lessons’ from the problems of last years festival.

Ellis continued: “Moving a festival, that’s one of the biggest in the world, is a difficult feat,”

“We listened to all the customer comments. We got a lot of them and we’ve acted on what people told us.”

“We didn’t get things right the last year and we’re the first to admit that,” “This year’s a different year and I think people will see a big transition from last year and will hopefully enjoy a fantastic weekend.”

The festival was forced to move from Balado due to health and safety issues caused by a large oil pipe under the site. The first year at new venue Strathallen Castle was racked with problems and festival security were heavily scrutinised for lacking knowledge of the site and failing to contain breakouts of anti-social behaviour.

stoneroses1Despite this, 2015’s T in the Park was statistically a success compared with 2014. Arrests fell from 52 to 44, and the Scottish ambulance service had to deal with only 606 incidents compared with 2015’s 858.

The festivities will officially begin tonight with The Stones Roses topping the bill on the main stage. DJ Calvin Harris and rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers take up the remaining two headlining spots.


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