A SCOTTISH music festival has announced a major change after revellers faced chaos last year – and fans will hate it.
Organisers of the Belladrum festival are set to introduce a car parking charge next year in a bid to stop traffic build-up.
The new charge is set to ease congestion for the Highland bash’s 20th-anniversary event next summer.
The car park passes will cost festival-goers £12 per vehicle, with all profits made to be used to help local communities.
And all car park tickets must be booked in advance.
It comes after fans were left queuing for five hours to get into the site in July earlier year.
They were forced to endure long delays to reach car parks and drop off family members on the first day, meaning many missed out on catching the headliner, Norwegian popstar Sigrid.
In a statement at the time, bosses said they were “very disappointed” that wet weather and a large number of people arriving had led to the delays.
And now they have introduced the parking tickets to ensure there is not a repeat of the issues this year.
According to BBC News, 25,000 tickets were sold for last month’s three-day festival in Kiltarlity, near Inverness.
This marked a new record for the popular festival.
A statement from bosses read: “Those caught up in the traffic on the Thursday this year will hopefully be pleased to hear that we are re-introducing car park passes, which must be booked in advance.”
They added: “This will encourage more car sharing, manage the car park capacities and speed up entry to the festival.”
It is expected that fans will be issued with designated parking stickers.
They will also be able to park near where they are camping for the festival.
Festival goers have taken to social media to share their frustrations at the new charge.
Posting on Facebook, one person said: “Rip off, rip off, rip off. That’s all this festival has become.”
Another added: “Then the village will be overwhelmed by people just parking anywhere like they did this year. Hope they’re thinking of the people of the village it was absolute carnage this year”.
Someone else wrote: “What a joke!”
A fourth agreed: “Ridiculous”.
While a fifth chimed in: “As if it wasn’t expensive enough”.
Others suggested that bosses could put on shuttle buses for fans to help reduce traffic.
A user shared: “Shuttle buses could convey festival goers from all points, North, South, East and West, from and to Park and Ride sites. The utter madness that locals experienced this year was unacceptable.”
Another suggested: “Why not just put shuttle buses on instead?”
And a third wrote: “More shuttle bus required”.
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