T(renchfoot) in the Park - Mud vs Music
Published 9 Jul 2012 09:30 4 Comments
Photo: Craig Brown.
NEVER, in the fields of Balado, has so much rain fallen on so many music fans, but they did not fail or falter, weaken or tire - they just got down and dirty.
Mangling Churchill's war-time rhetoric may not quite be the right tone but at times T in the Park was a battle with the elements threatening to drown this year's festival in a thick soup of mud.
It did give the opportunity for some fun loving / seriously deranged festival goers to leap headfirst into the brown stuff, quickly resembling people who had been dipped in chocolate.
It was the worst of conditions but punters made the best of it with star names such as The Stone Roses, Kasabian, Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Elbow, Orbital, David Guetta and New Order helping to lift the gloom.
But it's just as well Geoff Ellis can put a top class music festival together as his meteorological skills certainly need to improve after he proclaimed on Friday that "the weather forecast is looking good".
By Sunday the site resembled some kind of endurance challenge with punters wading in slow motion through ankle-thick, gloopy brown mud, such was the difficulty of putting one foot in front of the other.
As usual, fans from West Fife made the short trip to Kinross in huge numbers, partying in the park and singing in the rain throughout the three days with fabulous music from a bill sporting a variety that T has become well known for.
Mr Ellis, the festival director, said, "This year, we had an extremely diverse line-up and there's been something for everyone - pop, hip-hop, rock, indie, even classical - which has gone down brilliantly.
"A personal highlight for me has to be seeing the legendary Stone Roses leading the crowd in a mass singalong of their seminal hits."
Tell us all about your experiences at the 19th T in the Park and see this week's Press for a full report and fantastic photos from the festival.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 09 Jul 12
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Jul 9, 17:33
I just got back this morning. The conditions are, quite literally, the worst I have ever seen. Anywhere! We were calf-deep in liquid mud and at the end of the day it felt like giant weights had been attached to your wellies with all the wet mud build up. There was ZERO grass left anywhere and tents were submerged all over. (luckily i found a flood-free zone to pitch my tent on, on friday)
The entire festival was AMAZING! The Stone Roses, Swedish House Mafia, Snow Patrol, Keane, Kaiser Chiefs, Noel Gallacher's High Flying Birds and Jessie J were all amazing. Scheduling clashes stopped me from seeing David Guetta though, which was quite gutting.. and Nicki Minaj turned up an hour late, to a crowd that was calf-deep in mud, soaked, humid (there were people fainting and weing taken out over the barriers by medical staff) ... so she got booed like mad when she (eventually) came out. She only performed about a third of her set and didnt even appologise. (hense the booes)
Overall it was an amzazing weekend and despite the relentless rainfall, it is certainly an experience to remember!!
Recommend? Yes 8 No 3
Jul 10, 06:40
Cheif Constable in the dock today, below details in the public domain for everyone to see. I wonder how she will plead!!!!
"19 Norma ANDERSON OR GRAHAM SCS/2012-065084 KC12001272 Court 1"
Recommend? Yes 3 No 9
Jul 10, 08:53
Absolutely atrocious conditions, the organisers of this nonsense really have to take a look at themselves! Overpriced tickets for B list bands in a quagmire? Music festivals in tents may work in Somerset or on the Isle of Wight or on the continent but in the pouring rain in a field by Kinross - really? At what point does organising an event turn into exploitation of young people for profit? OK, the organisers aren't in charge of the weather, but by that thinking, Kenya could host the Winter Olympics? There wouldn't be any snow but the organisers aren't in charge of the weather!
Shivering in a tent, covered in mud, soaked to the skin, in the hope of seeing some has beens or never have beens on a stage 1/4 of a mile away, and paying top dollar for the "experience"! No thanks, I'd rather pay money to sit in a muddy field in Kinross in the rain, oh hang on a minute...?
Recommend? Yes 6 No 7
Jul 10, 09:05
Well, i was there as usual & had a great time. The conditions were terrible but its what you make it & everybody i spoke to were in high spirits.
I thought the line up was really good, The Roses didnt disappoint & Orbital were at their fantastic best on Sunday night, showing my age i know !!! ha ha
We never know how the weathers going to turn out & yes, it is an expensive weekend, especially for the kids but its once a year & its on our doorstep & its a blast.
Recommend? Yes 4 No 1