T in the Park is up and running and the event kicks off in style
T in the Park got off to a flying start today with a record number of music fans enjoying a rocking opening set from The Darkness on the Main Stage.
The festival welcomed 85,000 people to its opening day for the first time since T in the Park became a three-day festival in 2007.
“The Darkness have been a firm favourite at T in the Park since they closed the festival back in 2004 and this year’s crowd absolutely loved them. It’s been a tremendous start to the day. The fans have been amazing since they started arriving at the campsite in the sunshine yesterday. The atmosphere is always brilliant at T in the Park but so far it’s been even better than ever. Our new Sunset Strip area is going down really well and has a whole host of things happening in it, from cabaret acts and the Slam tent, to the Ken Fox Troupe’s Wall of Death. We’ve had a particularly good reaction to Herbert’s Dream – an enchanting piece of performance art – who kicked things off in the campsite last night. There’s been a lot of talk about the weather but we’ve had a few dry, sunny days here in Balado and the weather forecast is looking good. As always, fans should prepare for all weather, bringing everything from sunscreen to wellies with them. The ground is firm and the sun is out again today.”
Geoff Ellis, Festival Director of T in the Park
Tayside Police have reported a positive start to the event with just one arrest since opening yesterday.
“We’re delighted with the way things have gone since opening the campsite last night. Festivalgoers have behaved brilliantly and police officers and stewards are very much enjoying their engagement with them so far. The tens of thousands of people onsite are taking care of themselves and their property, and there has been no significant crime or incidents to speak of, and no antisocial behaviour. Our officers and stewards are there to support and we ask people to seek their assistance if required.”
Superintendent Rick Dunkerley, the Event Commander
The onsite medical team has seen 108 people visit the hospital tent, 161 presenting at first aid and 6 people have been taken to hospital offsite.
“The event has got off to a brilliant start with everyone in a great mood and ready to have a good weekend. Most people presenting for medical attention are seeking treatment for pre-existing conditions or minor ailments. For anyone who hasn’t yet arrived on site, we advise you to be prepared, ensure you bring your medication with you and bring appropriate footwear and clothing.”
Bob MacGregor, Onsite Medical Services
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