T in the Park. Scotland’s biggest music festival. And, in a turn up for the books, this year it will actually feature some big Scottish names. With Biffy Clyro set to headline the Friday, and Calvin Harris at long last getting his chance as a main stage headliner, the local lads are doing well. And the Scottish talent features right the way through the bill. With CHVRCHES, Paolo Nutini, Jake Bugg, Franz Ferdinand and Twin Atlantic already announced and the promise of much more still to come, this could be the year that T in the Park goes back to being a festival with integrity and a reputation for being all about the music, rather than the embarrassing money circus that last year’s 20th birthday celebration heralded.
This year Balado Airfield has ditched The Killers and Mumford and Sons in favour of actual rock bands. The Script are (mercifully) nowhere to be seen on the line up, and long may that continue. There are a whole host of big names, old and new, dotted around the line up with everything from Haim to The Stranglers, from Imagine Dragons to the Manic Street Preachers, Rudimental to the Pixies. Geoff Ellis appears to have learned his lesson after not selling out the festival last year billed as the biggest birthday party Scotland has ever seen. Instead, he’s gone out and looked at booking bands that people want to see, rather than just blowing his budget on Rihanna and hoping for the best.
With concerns being raised over the safety of the location as it sits on top of a pipeline carrying North Sea oil, it has been rumoured that this could be the last time T in the Park is held at Balado, so let’s make it a good one. Here we fucking go.