This T in the Park article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor.

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has appeared before a Holyrood committee to explain why T in the Park received a £150,000 government grant.

MSPs have questioned the need to use taxpayer funds, with allegations of cronyism being suggested. However, Ms Hyslop has declared that the funding was appropriate, transparent and fairly in line with the amount given to other events.

Jennifer Dempsie, a former SNP aide, was working with DF Concerts as a festival project manager when she arranged a meeting between Fiona Hyslop and the festival organisers, the BBC reports. Dempsie has since decided to no longer go through with her plans to stand for election in 2016 in the Highlands and Islands constituency. Other MSPs have suggested that the grant was a ‘done deal‘ because of her ‘close connections with the SNP‘.

However, Ms Hyslop has stated that she is ‘standing up for T in the Park‘, as she was worried about the ‘long term viability of the event‘. Festival bosses had reportedly expressed concern that they would have to move away from Scotland due to the costs of the move to a new site.

This year. the festival moved from its long term home in Balado to Strathallan Castle. However, after a number of transport problems and warnings regarding public safety, it remains to be seen whether the festival will take place in the same location next year.

Culture secretary defends £150,000 state aid to T in the Park

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