Festival bosses hope that talks with council chiefs will bring the festival back to Perthshire next year.

T in the Park could ban under 18s if the festival returns to Perthshire in 2018, with bosses suggesting a shift towards on rock music at the expense of dance and electronic acts.

Last year T confirmed that the festival would be “taking a break” in 2017, instead announcing TRSMT Festival on Glasgow Green with Radiohead, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro and more.

Last year’s festival was marred by three deaths, two of which were drug-related, traffic and logistical issues, and the theft of a cash machine.

T organiser and chief executive of DF Concerts Geoff Ellis is in talks with council chiefs in the hope of bringing T in the Park back to Strathallan Castle next year.

“We do events all over Scotland and are always looking at sites but for ‘T in the Park’ specifically, no we are not looking at anywhere else at the moment,” he told BBC Radio Scotland. “We are confident and hopeful but we are still in the throes of looking at everything.”

He added that the next festival would turn its focus away from dance music because “what we have seen in recent years is more 16 and 17 year olds going a bit crazy.”

“It does mean families can’t come to the event like they have done traditionally since 1994. But that is something we have to do.”

A move away from dance music will be a blow to Scottish ravers, whose enthusiasm for the festival’s long-running Slam Tent has to be seen to be believed. [via NME, Daily Record]

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