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Festival Republic eyes new event in Scotland

Scone Palace

Scone Palace. Photo as seen on Facebook

An application for a new music festival has been submitted to the councillors of Perth and Kinross for Scone Palace in Scotland. The project is led by Festival Republic. The music event organiser has applied for a public entertainment licence to host an event in May 2018.

The new festival comes in to fill the gap created by T in the Park, which was cancelled this year.“We can confirm that Festival Republic has applied to host an event at Scone Palace to be held in May 2018. At this stage we have no further comment,” a spokeswoman for Scone Palace, told The Courier.

The councillors of Perth and Kinross will consider the application for Scone Palace at a meeting of the council’s licensing committee on Thursday 7 December.

The Courier reported that Festival Republic applied for a one-off licence. It is uncertain whether the event will only take place in 2018 or it might be a case of the organiser is testing the venture.

Big footfall

Scone Palace is home to the 30,000 capacity Rewind Scotland, the festival run by The Rival Organisation and Into The Groove. Access understand that Festival Republic could only run an event for a maximum capacity of 25,000 people per day, inclusive artists and staff.

Access also understands that the proposal considers two stages, bars and funfair rides. It has been reported that Festival Republic is planning for a public car parking facility, a pick-up and drop-off point for cars and taxis and a shuttle bus service. Camping would also be an option for festivalgoers.

The cancellation of T in the Park, prompted the launch of TRNSMT. The new Scottish festival was staged on Glasgow Green this year with success. The festival will return next years and will be held over two weekends.

Geoff Ellis of DF Concerts, the organiser of T, has not ruled out the return of the festival, however, it is believed that its relaunch would be as a smaller camping festival somewhere else in Scotland.

Festival Republic will have to present a complete management plan prior to the event.