Yer T's Oot - Three days of mud, sweat and beers.
Published 11 Jul 2011 09:30 12 Comments
More than 80,000 music fans descended on Kinross for the 18th T in the Park with headliners Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Foo Fighters alongside a host of other top talents. The Press went too. Here's how it went.
"Dropped off outside with the unmistakable aroma from the chicken farm, just past the big golf ball, to welcome us to Balado.
It was fancy dress Friday with an 80s theme and, after being dissuaded from sticking a tree on my head and going as Kate Bush, it's on with the Ghostbusters t-shirt instead. Who you gonna call?
This is a measly attempt in comparison. Hundreds have got into the spirit - mostly blokes surprisingly - and there are loads of Smurfs, a Rubiks cube, Mario Brothers, He-Man, a big-assed Pamela Anderson, Beetlejuice and loads of Gene Simmons-types from Kiss.
There's a brilliant Spongebob Squarepants and female companion dressed pretty much the same (Mrs Squarepants?) but both have what looks like heavy wooden boxes on their heads and neither seems able to see, which is a bit of a drawback among thousands of revved-up music fans. They're a big hit with the punter paparazzi though.
Big Country are first on and, although it may be a bit odd with Mike Peters from The Alarm's Welsh voice as lead singer, he's bang up for it and shouts 'T in the Park' a few times as well, handy for those who weren't sure where they were.
Bruce Watson, playing next to son Jamie, brings some of their classic anthems alive with his guitar work, and they rattle through Harvest Home, Look Away, Fields of Fire, the excellent Wonderland and, of course In A Big Country.
The View get the crowd going and are a big hit with the t-shirted 'Dundee Burds Do It Best' girls near us.
There's time for a quick look round before The Crayons at the T-Break stage and the different lay-out is gonna take some getting used to, although it's a lot more roomy, while the pints are a pretty steep £3.90 this year.
Up at the Healthy T place, there's also a bizarre-looking swing seat above little pools of water, hydrosculpture or something was it? Bit hazy now. Suffice to say, it looks like a giant coconut that you can sit in, with music blasting out from within. Cool.
In the media tent, a fridge is filled, bottled water in the top half, cans of Tennents on the bottom. After half an hour, guess which bit's empty? Looks like water then.
The bright young things of Dunfermline go wild for The Crayons and they sound great, need to hear more from them. Bump into Scott from the Dunfermline Tartan Army here too, it's a West Fife thing - so far, but the band impress.
Tom Jones' hair and beard look golden in this light, a bit like an older Abel Xavier, rubbish ex-footballer with Liverpool (remember him?).
The 71-year-old Welshman is on top form though, with Delilah a sing-a-long favourite and others, such as Mama Told Me Not To Come, Kiss and It's Not Unusual. A class act.
It's past Sir Tom's bedtime when the Arctic Monkeys headline and, after Plan B, they set the bar that bit higher with a set that doesn't finish until just shy of midnight.
The forecasters get it wrong as, instead of the heavy rain and thunderstorms we were told to expect, it's a beautiful evening and not a spot of rain. We're glad of it but there should be consequences when weather forecasters get it wrong , some sort of fine maybe ...
There's an earlier than billed start for the Fun Lovin' Criminals on Saturday but a suited Huey gets the groove on and the chilled-out set is well received. Did we pack Scooby snacks?
Someone invades the stage dressed as, well, male naughty bits when Kesha are on - it's not clear if this is a comment on the performance - and she urges everyone to be on their worst behaviour. That may not be a problem.
The rain finally comes - it gets worse on Sunday when there are revellers pouring the rain water out of their wellies - just after the Manics power through their set while Slash delights the fans with some old Guns 'n Roses hits such as Paradise City and Sweet Child o' Mine.
The drink is also flowing all around the site. As the evening progresses, quite a number of manky punters decide just to pee where they're standing and one fan near us is hit by the dreaded half-filled plastic pint tumbler hurled from further back - you're praying it's lager and not ... well you get the picture.
Beyonce takes to the stage in some shimmery outfit thing, the like of which you probably wouldn't even find in Next, and is one of the highlights of the whole festival with a seriously impressive hour or so, with some Destiny's Child hits thrown in for good measure.
She is some performer. The hair's nice too.
After that and before Coldplay, Edith Bowman pops on stage to announce that, if the crowd can sing along to the Stone Roses classic, I Am The Resurrection, they could be in a film as the folks behind it need some kind of crowd shot. No time for make-up or wardrobe.
Mad shapes are being thrown as Primal Scream roll back the years to deliver a storming 'Screamadelica' set in King Tuts tent, and a slightly inebriated 40-something man is so happy when he asks what time it is, and we tell him, that he gives us both a kiss on the cheek.
Wish I'd seen that coming. Loaded was fantastic though and a 12,000-strong crowd apparently squeezed into the tent to witness the Scream playing their classic album, 20 years from when it was first released.
The festival Gods are angry on Sunday and unleash some seriously heavy downpours, and some hailstones, which puts a bit of a dampener on proceedings. A friend's misguided notion of putting on sun tan lotion is, well, just that. There's not much let up.
But the beat goes on. And so does the mud. Blondie is still going too, her heyday was probably the 1980s and the blonde is probably more from a bottle these days, but she's got plenty of energy and hits to call upon. Pretty gruesome cardigan but great songs.
Synth-pop duo Hurts get a sizeable audience in the tent, it's pelting down outside, but they still insist on the rock 'n roll staple of wearing sunglasses indoors. In a very dark tent.
At least the continual rain means that Liam Gallagher should be able to pop on one of his trademark parkas later when Beady Eye come on. Although the former Oasis man seems more interested in scrapping with his brother, according to back stage gossip.
Fifer KT Tunstall feels perfectly at home at T and delivers a crowd-pleasing set in the tent, canny Scot that she is, she probably realised a Scottish summer's day would mean it was time to stay inside.
The mudbath gets ever larger outside although it doesn't seem to concern one man, who is sleeping, standing between the edge of a gate and the fence.
A wrestling-style splashdown takes place with carefree punters leaping headlong into the brown stuff and puddles but Pulp restore some style and glamour with frontman Jarvis Cocker pretending to wipe his backside with a copy of the last ever News of the World.
Having played T in 1994, they've reformed recently and close with the excellent Common People.
Last act on the main stage and it's time for some sweaty thrashing about with the Foo Fighters. Let It Die, Breakout and Rope sound good as their headline set brings the curtain down on another unforgettable T.
The band even go on early - "We've got so many hits to get through!", frontman Dave Grohl laughs.
There's been plenty fireworks throughout the three days but the traditional pyrotechnic display at the end brings the usual 'ooohs' and 'aahs' before everyone tries to negotiate the swamps to get home. Brilliant.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 14 Jul 11
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Jul 11, 16:28
Jul 11, 20:16
Toms chest wig
Jul 11, 20:58
Jul 11, 21:04
Jul 11, 21:26
Jul 12, 01:17
Jul 12, 10:16
Beyonce takes to the stage in some shimmery outfit thing, the like of which you probably wouldn't even find in Next
She is some performer. The hair's nice too
- is the reporter 10 years old?
Recommend? Yes 4 No 4
Jul 12, 12:19
hyndie in aberdeen
Jul 12, 19:08
Jul 13, 09:38
I take it that Ba Jazz was never young, I am 64 and so jealous that I had nothing like that to go to. I had a ball when I was young, so I say good luck to the hard working boys and girls (the ones who do work) enjoy yourselfs you deserve it.
Recommend? Yes 7 No 0
Jul 15, 14:34
I'd like to say to the Ba Jazz that it is not just neds who can enjoy themselves and I take great offence to the comment. I am a hard working professional who has been to T in the Park for many years and I dare say that just because I enjoy listening to live music by some superb bands I can hardly be classed as a "ned".
I think your claim that all T in the Park revellers are neds should prompt you take a serious look in a mirror and find a sense of enjoyment in something other than forming rather pathetic opinions of others.
Recommend? Yes 5 No 0
Jul 16, 17:33
Let the younger generation enjoy them selves,how many complaints do we hear about T in the park.... very little.I only feel sorry when I hear about some of the prices they are being charged when they are at the event.
Recommend? Yes 7 No 1