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T in the Park 2015 reviewed

One new venue, 85,000 fans, amazing music and lots of mud!

T in the Park, which, let's face it, is Scotland's premier festival, brings a whole raft of amazing music, artistry and performance to what is essentially a breathtaking part of the country. It's raucous, edgy, and energetic and it has all the ingredients necessary for a top-notch festival bursting at the seams with fun, talent, energy and oodles of pizzazz.

T in the Park switched venues this year, after 17 years at Balado it was always going to be tough, the old home may not have been without its problems but it was a defining site for T in the Park, a massive move like this was always going to be controversial.

T in the Park’s genius at providing an event rippled with hedonism and yet retaining a level of sheer sentimentality is unrivalled. The Scots have a knack of 'getting on with it' no matter what and it has to be said that this year they were determined as ever to ensure that T in the Park 2015 on the new compact site was going to be something worth remembering.

T in the Park was very much a would it or wouldn't it go ahead this year as problem after problem beset festival organisers in the run up. The loss of the Balado site was a big one, local detractors did their best to prevent it from getting off the starting blocks at Strathallan Castle, environmentalists went into melt down and even the Ospreys chipped in with a bit of nesting! 

In the end festival organisers did get the go ahead but it must have been hard enough to get a new site fully functioning - let alone coping with the uncertainty of it all. Overall they did a pretty good job of getting that site up and running this year, although it wasn't without a few teething problems.

Strathallan Castle 2015
Strathallan Castle 2015

We loved the beautiful new site at Strathallan Castle, it ws a perfect fit and we have no doubt that just as it did with Balado, T will work its magic on Strathallan Castle T. Working a festival can be pretty hard and the easier access to the stages meant that it was possible to do so much more than in previous years. The biggest problem we found was traffic, which was simply horrendous and those who were charged with controlling it didn't appear to be quite up to the job. On the Friday it took us 4 hours to get into the site, not acceptable on any level for any festival and I'd be lying if I didn't say that at that point I was ready to turn the car round and make the 9 hour journey straight back home. The following night after the rain fell the car park was akin to a war zone and much to our delight we were stuck, there was one tractor on hand to drag folk out but we were lucky and got a push, it saved our bacon that night, although having got out of the car, plastered with mud as a result, my face as I watched my partner drive off into the night must have been a picture - yes, husband had forgotten I wasn't in the car!

To be honest that was as bad as it got and I'm really pleased I never took the 'I'm going home' option that seemed so enticing on the Friday. At the end of the day this is T in the Park and it's one helluva festival experience, one that over the years we've found unmissable. It has to be good because it costs us to cover it, lots of time away from other work and one massive journey not to mention the work needed to get it all online. Not many festivals could encourage me to go back year after year covering this distance if it didn’t have the 'X' factor, and to be honest T in the Park has that illusive factor in buckets, and that's the pull, once it's got you in it's grasp you really do become part of the T family, if T in the Park wasn't there it would leave a huge and unfillable gap in the festival season. We found so many people with stories about their experiences of T in the Park, families who were now coming with their teenagers, a couple who had got married at Gretna Green on their way to the event and so many more positive and fabulous stories about how T in the Park had played a really important role in their lives, it doesn't get much better than that and if you wanted proof that in the festival market T has it in spades then just talk to those that love it and you'll get the picture.

The T 'tash!
The T 'tash!

The new T was not without its detractors however, but really, aside from the traffic issues, the main moans seemed to be all about adjusting to the new site. Balado was a massive venue, it was absolutely huge, so any new site would be hard pressed to feel as spacious which is why the move to Strathallan Castle was bound to cause some claustrophobic issues. We are human beings after all and on the whole human beings don't really like change, people loved the old site, the familiarity and the knowing where everything was, even if miles away, gave a sense of comfort and security that was a bit lost this year. We all like a bit of a moan so essentially the groans that we found were more about the loss of the familiar than anything lacking in the new compact site, as said, traffic aside we loved the new site and think that everyone will once the shock of the new dissipates.

Where T in the Park really outdo and outclass itself above so many other festivals is with their musical line-up, a line-up offering world class acts of mixed genres alongside the up and coming acts of today. These acts are, without exception, totally up for it and enter into the festival spirit from the off - it's not one of those festivals where the acts mingle with the crowds - but it is one of those festivals where the acts really do want to outdo themselves and give their best, may acts return year after year, the love of performing really does shine through at T in the Park and it's an infectious vibe, one of the ingredients that make T a rather special event.

Friday's stand out acts for us were Slaves on the Radio 1 Stage. These guys are riding very high at the moment and clearly enjoying a well-earned level of success. Frenetic and furious the guys gave it some welly and are clearly going to be around for some time to come, a perfect festival choice. It really was a “here we f***ing go” opening for us and as the crowd began the familiar chanting all seemed to be well in the world.

Laurie Vincent, Slaves
Laurie Vincent, Slaves

“To anyone who’s not been at T in the Park, I’d tell them: come, you get the best crowds. They’re going for it, big-style!”
Laurie Vincent, Slaves

Those stalwarts The War on Drugs brought some proper prog rock to the Scots and they won over the hearts of all who saw them, meanwhile Jessie Ware brought a touch of sophistication and class to the proceedings over at King Tut's, one of many truly talented female performers on offer over the weekend. Mark Ronson delivered a typically lively set in his own inimitable style providing a set awash with big touches of old school hip-hop – simply banging.

Annie Mac stepped out of her comfort zone for the first of two sets over the weekend. Her main stage set drew a big crowd of Annie Mac fans, a great female role model she lost no time in setting the agenda for a weekend that really went overboard on dance this year, not everyone can command and connect with such a huge crowd in that environment, Annie Mac did it with ease and with style.

Having only just recovered from throat surgery, Sam Smith lost no time in winning over the crowds with his unique take on jazz/soul/pop. Simply effortless, the man has turned into quite the performer, there was no sign of the recent health problems that have dogged him, the voice was in perfect nick, the performance spot on. 

Sam Smith
Sam Smith

Fuse ODG brought out the sun with a set that was at once gentle and laid back, yet still energetic and engaging, a mixture of reggae and Afrobeat fused with some funky soul sounds ensured that the feel good vibes were an overwhelming factor during this set.

Fuse ODG
Fuse ODG

“I’ve known ever since I was young that T in the Park has always been a platform that to me is just so respected. I see all my favourite acts. So it’s a pleasure to actually be in this position of being here – I used to watch the videos and see all the different artists performing. There’s always such a broad range of artists at T in the Park, and I love that they also provide that platform for up and coming artist. And after my set today, I want to catch the vibes – you’re gonna see me running around. Security is gonna try and stop me and I’ll be like, ‘no, I’m free, I’m with nature!’”
Fuse ODG

Hozier! What can you say about Hozier that hasn't been said? This is a man with a talent that seems set to stay around forever, sing-along - tick, anthemic - tick, yup - you sure can ‘Take Me to Church’ anytime Mr Hozier.

Fatboy Slim, what a hero, a man who has spent years honing his craft and can now command any audience he darn well chooses, and he sure as hell owned King Tut's for the duration of a massive, energetic, euphoric sweat inducing set that brought Strathallan Castle to it's collective knees - could they have got any more punters in that tent? Not without a crowbar!

Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim

Rudimental are fast becoming one of our top favourite festival acts, fun times guaranteed with these energetic performers whose total love for what they do and joy for when they are doing it simply shines through and makes them an awesome act, energy, fun and some quality music marks this collective out from the crowd.

DJ Locksmith, Rudimental
DJ Locksmith, Rudimental

“The first year we played T was probably the loudest crowd we’ve ever played to. The sound was right in your face. The decibel meter went to 112. And as a band we only get to 108, so that tells you how loud the audience were.”
Kesi Dryden, Rudimental

So to the competing headline acts for the night - iconic dance act or iconic anthemic rockers? Two absolute giants in their own right, both equally capable of dominating the site and drawing massive crowds, both unmissable.  Given the new site it was possible to get a bit of both which seemed a reasonable solution to a major conundrum.

Guetta, complete with pyros, high octane and high energy really got Strathallan on it's collective feet with Guetta doing what he does best and creating a major party in that glorious setting, owning the arena – you could be sure that whatever he said he wanted to happen happened. Whatever he wanted from the crowd he got, the party king gave Scotland a true taste of the energy a classy dance act can create, and he made it all look so very easy! A blistering set, crammed with energy and a bass to make your head spin and heart flutter.

David Guetta
David Guetta

Over on the main stage Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan aka Kasabian were set for a typically classic full on Kasabian performance; dark, posy, energetic, anthemic and just a little bit bolshie - Kasabian know a thing or two about working the crowd. And work them they did with a set brimmed full of the classics plus a take on Iggy Pop's 'Lust for Life' the hit laden set included 'Bumblebee', 'Shoot the Runner', 'Thick as Thieves', 'Vlad the Impaler' and loads more. Hopefully Serge's warning "not to get too fucked up and go waking up those ospreys," was heeded. The lads in their third headline performance in five years seemed perfect for Strathallan Castle and brought the first day's festivities to an appropriate and euphoric close.

Tom Meighan, Kasabian
Tom Meighan, Kasabian

Saturday brought a whole new raft of excitement with a plethora of acts providing something to suit just about everybody. The Strypes took charge of the Radio 1 stage early on, the Irish lads seem to be going from strength to strength this year and if this performance was anything to go by we'll be hearing a lot more from them in the future. 

The Strypes
The Strypes

“We did a summer of festivals that year and when we came out the other side we were a better band. Our new album comes out next month and we’ve just got a lot better at playing. We were totally embraced by the T in the Park crowd last time, and we’ve played Scotland a couple of times since. It’s that connection between Celts. The crowds here are so up for it. They just go crazy and sing, and that’s what we think everyone should do at gigs. Put your phone away and get into it.”
Josh, The Strypes

Circa Waves brought some cheery pop to Strathallan Castle, it was sunny and it was a fun moment as the lads set about cranking it up and enjoying their moment in the sun. You really couldn't miss Palma Violets, honing their style with masses of festival performances over the past couple of years they really went for it big time - no nonsense, straight down to it with the band clearly having as good a time on that stage as the crowd in the arena - perfectly espousing the raw energy and joy of proper indie rock 'n' roll - delivered.

Charlie XCX
Charlie XCX

Charlie XCX is another act that's been doing the rounds and a seriously (until now) underrated talent. A bit potty mouthed, a bit edgy and a rather impressively talented woman - she's written quite a lot - including Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy". This is one astute lady who's going to be around for a very long time - a seriously clever and talented female performer, much more to her than meets the eye.

It's so good to see Lawson back on the scene, a band that have had a fair bit to endure and a band that are now back with a bang - you go guys, it's all on the up again - and deservedly so.

Lawson
Lawson

We caught some Jack Savoratti, The Coronas, The LaFontaines and Years and Years - all quality acts and all drawing and engaging their crowd with performances that really do embrace the ethos and showcase the eclectic nature of T in the Park.

Marina and the Diamonds were quite awesome, it's good to see yet another strong female performer out there, this gal has a huge talent, the voice is amazing and the music appealing, she hasn't yet had the main stream success she so deserves but she sure as hell stormed it at T in the Park on King Tut’s, there should be much more of her music in the mainstream, it’s seriously good.

Strong females dominated again with Jessie J, back on form and doing what she does best. The girl with the voice took to the main stage like a duck to water and commanded a huge crowd in the process. Strutting her stuff, raunchy as hell, the talent that is Jessie J was back with a bang. She proved to the crowd that Jessie J is a true force of nature.

Jessie J
Jessie J

The Script’s appearance on the main stage brought a typically upbeat set with a straight down there and into the crowd performance from Danny O'Donoghue who certainly knows how to work a crowd, always guaranteed to provide the fun factor along with some good pop, he looked and sounded great although it has to be said that he did look a little frail. 

There was a mesmerising performance from another stunning female performer in the guise of St. Vincent, an utterly compelling and mesmerising artist whose shuffling, robotic moves just held you spellbound and rooted to the spot. Yet another example of a female performer who deserves a wider audience, let’s hope her T in the Park slot gets the music and the name more out there.

The Libertines are once again in the spotlight and doing the rounds, the combination of Pete Doherty and Carl Barret is one of those rare musical partnerings, fraught with problems and dilemmas but a partnering that has so much talent that you never quite know what they will do next, what you can guarantee is that it will be at worst very good and at best utter genius, such is their combination of skill. They did one of their full on fabulous performances at T in the Park and brought out a new track “Fame and Fortune”, "This is a big moment for us", said Barat, but you know, these guys are clearly set for many more “big moments” they simply have that intangible, rare quality, coupled with a proper rock'n’roll lifestyle that makes them stand out. Bland they will never be, but if they go on getting it right they'll be talked about for years to come - mostly for the right reasons and occasionally for those moments of madness that only come about with real genius!

The Libertines
The Libertines

A completely different attitude and genre came in the form of Paul Heaton and Jaqui Abbott, they left the crowd open mouthed as they trawled through an extensive, lyrically beautiful back catalogue of musical gems that had everyone singing along and caught in yet another moment of pure musical magic.

Seasick Steve nearly brought the main stage to a standstill with a typically stunning performance that showed his immense skill off to perfection, it was a blistering set and warmed the crowd up nicely, good times all rolled into one with an older performer who appeals to everyone, a skill not given lightly and a skill that’s just as natural as breathing for this man.

Seasick Steve
Seasick Steve

What can be said about Jungle? An immense dance act currently garnering a big following, this collective deliver quality and fun in equal measure. The addition of 6-year-old Terra showing off break dancing skills that would put many a professional to shame is simply awesome. 

Terra, Jungle
Terra, Jungle

Those Scottish stalwarts The Proclaimers not unexpectedly raised the roof off of King Tut’s, T in the Park would not be proper without a set from these guys, in Scotland ‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ = perfection!

“There’s something about T in the Park – it feels more youthful than all the other festivals. V Festival is a bit older, Glastonbury has a lot of older folk. But T does seem younger. And that gives it an energy."
Charlie Reid, The Proclaimers

The acts for Saturday going head to head on the top spot were Avicii and Twin Atlantic.  Both completely different genres appealing to very different audiences.

One of the biggest DJs and producers in the world it was only a matter of time before Avicii made his T in the Park debut. Visually stunning with streamers, lots of smoke and pyros he drew a massive crowd, the Swedish DJ gave it everything and the crowd reciprocated, a proper full rave session concluded the evening’s main stage entertainment.

Avicii
Avicii

Completely different, the Radio 1 stage was brought to a close by Twin Atlantic, who finally got their well deserved headline slot at a major festival, and it seemed fitting that T in the Park was the vehicle for their triumph given that the Scottish lads have played the festival on six previous occasions - this was their seventh - lucky seven indeed. It may have pelted down with rain but the sheer enthusiasm overcame all and anything the weather could throw at Strathallan, thousands of fans crouching down in the mud before leaping up in unison to 'I am an Animal' says all that you need to know about the synergy of band and crowd - these guys simply stormed it.

Twin Atlantic
Twin Atlantic

Sunday rolled around all too quickly as is the case when a festival gets into full swing, but there was an awful lot to look forward to, from the off it was set to be a big day – and with a couple of top headliners to look forward to it seemed that nothing was going to dampen a very happy vibe, even the rain gave up and the mud (to an extent) dried out making the site much easier to navigate and much easier to appreciate.

The main stage proceedings were started and the crowd woken up by the Parsonage Choir who set about a gentle and delightful set that included covers of Joy Division, Gram Parsons, Jefferson Airplane and Neil Young, a gentle awakening helping to soothe those tiresome hangovers and get the final day off to a great start.

Elsewhere the music continued apace with And So I Watch You From Afar, Idlewild, Peace and Saint Raymond all putting in worthy performances, it really was a case of wherever you wandered around that site there was something to take note of, something to make you stop and listen while marveling at the fact the weather was fine and the site divine, T in the Park at it’s best is quite an awesome spectacle.

Van McCann, Catfish and the Bottlemen
Van McCann, Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen were a perfect choice for the Radio 1 stage, ripping through a great set it was pure gold, Frontman Van McCann lost no time in getting down to business and making his mark – future headliners? We think so.

Ella Eyre
Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre is another one of those female performers who is just flying the flag for strong women everywhere; beautiful, immensely talented and energetic, you get out of breath just watching her perform. Rising very quickly up the ranks she’s a star to be very aware of, confident, bold, sassy and flaunting that body and that hair - Ella Eyre performed with ease and had the crowd in the palm of her hand. Wowing all who saw her she’s clearly ready to move onto the next level.

The View are no strangers to T in the Park, the Scottish lads were very confident on their home turf and put in a seasoned performance, introduced by Gary Tank Commander, the View were not about to put a foot wrong for their eighth appearance at the festival. Instant connection with crowd – T in the Park gold – mission accomplished.

Kyle Falconer, The View
Kyle Falconer, The View

“This is our ninth appearance at T in the Park. And this new site is cool – a bit different. But the atmosphere at T in the Park is always special – it’s just brilliant. I went out yesterday for a wander and everywhere you go, even the VIP bar, anyplace, everyone is dancing. Even if there’s nothing on they’re all still having a party. It’s the best festival in the world.”
Kyle Falconer, The View

Wolf Alice – yet another strong female – put in quite the performance at T, rapidly rising through the ranks and emerging as a very competent artist Wolf Alice is gaining fans at quite a rate.

“T is a really fun festival show. We were on at 1pm on a Sunday, it had been raining, I didn’t think anyone was gonna turn up. So massive shout out to everyone that was there, you made our day."
Theo, Wolf Alice

Oliver Heldens quite simply blew the roof off a rammed King Tut’s, it was quite literally heaving in there for a very high octane show that underlined the pull of dance for the Scottish crowd this year.

In a complete change of pace, man of the moment, one James Bay had no problem occupying the main stage, “Hold Back The River”, on that stage finally reached a hugely appreciative audience. A true artist just at the beginning of his career, the future looks very bright.

James Bay
James Bay

“Playing T in the Park last year, I didn’t know what to expect on the Transmission’s Stage. We threw all the gear on to the stage, in an empty tent – that by the second song filled up, there ended up about 400 people in there. I’d only be played on the radio two times at the point. It was insane. And by the end of it I was flying. I had such a good time. And it secured in my mind that T in the Park is one of those festivals that you have to play. So it’s so cool to be back here. And to be on the Main Stage is… mad. It’s an honour. And the fact they’ve had me back is great. That means a lot. These festivals are institutions – playing T in the Park is a rite of passage. So to feel like you’re developing an ongoing relationship with people like T in the Park is a wonderful thing. And next year, I’ll be back – Main Stage, headlining. No question, I’m gonna go all out and say it: T in the Park, I’ll see you then.”
James Bay

Paloma Faith, who yesterday had been seen in the pit supporting and rocking out to Labrinth took to the main stage, sporting a Vivienne Westwood number she looked and sounded amazing as she always does, a perfectionist by nature so it would appear, the voice of a diva and the stage presence of a superstar, this is one lady who consistently delivers and delivers big time, a perfect fit for T in the Park.

There were plenty of people who hadn’t been to a Clean Bandit performance, and they were in for a treat, easily capable of filling out the main arena the guys were performing at King Tut’s this time round, having been touring for some time now they’ve really got their act together and it shows.  A masterful performance showed Scotland just why these guys are such fun as well as being hugely accomplished musicians.

Welsh rockers The Stereophonics stepped out onto the main stage and delivered a blistering set. T in the Park is as much a joy to the performers as to the crowd and it seems that The Stereophonics get it! 'Have A Nice Day' proved to be one great big sing-alongs of the weekend and finishing with 'Dakota' was a top choice for the guys.

Kelly Jones, The Stereophonics
Kelly Jones, The Stereophonics

“There’s a lot of festivals that have come and gone. For us it’s almost 20 years since we started, and T in the Park has always stayed strong in that time. The crowds have always been great – and it’s a young crowd as well, so it keeps moving. And that’s what we try to do as well. Some people will have been following us since 1996. And there will be younger people here who think our new single C’est La Vie is our first single. And as long as you keep those younger people interested, they keep asking you back. It’s nice to have an ongoing relationship with T in the Park. And this new site looks lovely. I went up to the Main Stage when James Bay was on, looked out, looked like people were having a good time. And the Ferris wheel was there, so the familiar sites are here. And it’s good that fans can hope from stage to stage here. Our best time here? I think it was 1999, when did Performance & Cocktails. It was proper hammering down with rain, but it didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits. I remember looking out and they were just jumping up and down and it was amazing. And that was the time we realised, whether it was Local Boy In The Photograph or The Bartender and The Thief, what ever it was we were writing were working in a field full of people and they were all singing our songs back to us. That’s when we realised we’re a festival band. So we’ll keep doing what we’re doing – and hopefully we’ll be back next year!”
Kelly Jones, The Stereophonics

The big hard hitting headliners chosen to close T in the Park’s first outing at Strathallan  Castle were Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Prodigy.

Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher sauntered onto the main stage, "I assume you're all fans" he said before launching into a raft of well known tracks guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning fan while simultaneously attracting many a new one. Oasis classics were never going to let him down and 'Whatever', 'Champagne Supernova' and 'Don't Look Back In Anger' were delivered in a manner only he can produce. A totally fitting ending to a main stage that had housed a plethora of top acts all weekend. Stylish, chic and strangely nostalgic, a total winner.

The Prodigy
The Prodigy

The highest octane, exciting, energetic and most fitting performance to close Scotland’s premier festival could only come from The Prodigy.  These guys are total masters of their art and from the off they owned T in the Park for a set that delivered a performance that, make no mistake, was a humdinger of a show and a blistering T in the Park highlight.  They dominated, they delivered, and they conquered in a way that few artists would ever be able to emulate. This was the Prodigy right at the top of their game, as fresh, infectious and exciting now as they were right back at the beginning.  Prowling across the stage, firing out the edgiest of vibes with a hint of real danger these guys are a must see experience, this isn’t just music, this is The Prodigy and they make music feel perilous, you can never be sure what they might do next but you sure as hell want to be part of it.  Starting the set with ‘Breathe’, there was no let up they moved straight into  ‘Nasty’, the atmosphere was electric as they gave everything they had and a tad more to a crowd they really set on fire long before playing that track. ‘Omen’, 'Wild Frontier’, 'Firestarter' along with 'Voodoo People', 'Get Your Fight On',  'Run With the Wolves ', 'Smack My Bitch Up' . The Prodigy finished their breathtaking performance with 'Take Me to the Hospital' this was a headline set that will go down in T's history - simply magnificent, I’d be amazed if there were a more appropriate or jaw dropping headliner for T in the Parks very first Strathallan Castle outing, The Prodigy left the crowd on a high and left no-one in any doubt that the warriors had taken it all.

The Prodigy
The Prodigy

To be honest T in the Park was, as it always is, a success, the new venue is visually stunning and so easy to get around. T in the Parkers have no intention of letting anything get between them and the Scottish party of the year, so the teething problems which may have been pretty annoying to those of us caught up in it all was not able to spoil this top notch festival.

There are undoubtedly issues that need to be dealt with and I have no doubt that organisers will be ironing these out, how they can deal with the traffic issue is unclear but with proper control it surely should be possible to get it running smoothly. The car parks need something, hills are no good when you have the distinct probability that it will rain, get muddy and then not be able to get out, I’m sure it’s solvable if the will to do so is there.

The T crowd in action
The T crowd in action

The Scottish crowd is a fabulous mix of people, friendly and right up for a really good time. We met some lovely folk over the weekend and T in the Park should be confident that the vast majority of the crowd they attract to the event are spot on, boisterous festival folk who are up for a weekend of fun and music and who do care about their fellow festival goers.  We are aware that there is a very small minority of unpleasant ticket holders (I won’t call them festival goers as that’s not our experience or definition of a festival goer) hell bent on spoiling the festival for others. This is a factor that needs addressing, we are aware that there’s a lot of decent, fun loving people who would like to go to the festival but are put off by this tiny minority, I’d say those people who don’t go, due to (mostly) misplaced fears, that they are exactly the people that T in the Park need and would welcome with open arms.  The myth surrounding this annoying little group is far bigger than the reality, the risk is that those who haven't been will believe it - dont, they are rather insignificant. That nasty little minority need to find that there is no place for them at Scotland’s premier festival,  the overwhelming majority of decent festival goers need to continue to be there and show that there is no place for this minority.

Waiting for Jamie T
Waiting for Jamie T

I would suggest that organisers actually do what football does and ban those who put others at risk; it’s certainly possible and do-able in this day and age and would go quite some way as a deterrent. I would also tentatively suggest that organisers take control of security, rather than allowing the few personnel who seem to find it amusing to misuse their power and pick on the innocent (again the vast majority were good folk).  Perhaps those few would be better employed and their (ahem) skills put to better use in the arenas and campsites in order to stamp out that nasty little minority once and for all. Picking on a soft target and flexing their muscles is not necessary, it simply makes one ask if they are not up to the task of dealing with those very few louts and troublemakers.

So, T in the Park at Strathallan Castle: a hit or a miss? Well, it would be both stupid and untrue to say that there weren’t any teething problems, of course there were and we totally got caught up in some of it. Those few teething problems aside T in the Park  remains a breathtaking festival, the new site is stunning and seems to be a perfect match once you get in there! It’s a beautiful part of the world and perfect for hosting an event of this nature and with this history.

T Tigers
T Tigers

T in the Park is an essential festival among the host of other festivals on the scene, the difference is that it sets itself apart, the Scots know how to throw a party and the Scots certainly know exactly how to party to the nth degree. T in the Park has got the history, tradition and essential pedigree that make it one of the giants.

The musical offerings at T in the Park are always guaranteed, this year, once again, they had it in the bag. There were some simply stunning performances played out in true Scottish style – with panache, joy, hedonism and verve, not a duff performance to be found on that site and whatever your musical taste there was something there for you to feel familiar with and still plenty more to discover. The joy of artist and crowd connecting and creating a genuine synergy is another example that sets T in the Park apart and it’s one of the events greatest strengths, you can’t make that happen, it’s a natural and spontaneous occurrence and part of the unique charm of T.

Cuppa T anyone?
Cuppa T anyone?

So, we’d say that once again this year despite a few setbacks and teething troubles, T in the Park proved that it has that specific wow factor and that, in essence, is what every top quality festival needs to succeed, you get an awful lot of bang for your buck at T. What you will never get is bland or boring.

We simply can’t wait to hear the “here we f***ing go” mantra once again next year.

 
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T in the Park
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Photo Galleries

T in the Park 2016
1240 photos in 48 galleries
T in the Park 2016
T in the Park 2015
1781 photos in 73 galleries
T in the Park 2015
T in the Park 2014
1694 photos in 65 galleries
T in the Park 2014
T in the Park 2013
1484 photos in 62 galleries
T in the Park 2013
T in the Park 2012
833 photos in 31 galleries
T in the Park 2012
T in the Park 2011
371 photos in 23 galleries
T in the Park 2011
T in the Park 2010
807 photos in 37 galleries
T in the Park 2010
T in the Park 2008
487 photos in 29 galleries
T in the Park 2008
T in the Park 2009
923 photos in 53 galleries
T in the Park 2009

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