Tennent’s legal battle with festival over letter T

Tennent's feel they are trying to protect T in the Park trademark. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Tennent's feel they are trying to protect T in the Park trademark. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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TENNENT’S have entered into a legal battle with a small music festival over the use of the letter T.

The drinks heavyweights instructed lawyers to contact Bookaband Ltd after they felt Tfest - a tribute band festival to be staged in Strathclyde Park - infringed on Tennent’s trademarks and bore too much of a resemblance to T in the Park, which the brewers are “founding partners” of.


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Bookaband claim they don’t have the resources necessary to cover the cost of changing the name or altering their logo and website, and criticised the giants for what they perceive to be an overreaction.

Festival director John Ure said: “We contacted them months ago to show them our logo and didn’t get any objection at the time. But now our website is live we’re hit with lawyers’ letters.

“We feel we are being bullied. We don’t understand why a huge company like Tennent’s can feel we threaten them. Tennent’s don’t own the letter T.”

Tfest will see around 5000 fans entertained by tribute bands such as Coldplace, Antartic Monkeys and Oasish in Lanarkshire next July. Tennent’s fear is that people will see the T prefix in the name and assume it’s an event linked with T in the Park.

A spokesperson for Tennent’s said: “To call another event Tfest is confusing at best and misleading at worst.

“The T in the Park name, frequently shortened to T, took a great deal of time and effort to become established”


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