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T in the Park 2016: Saturday Roundup

By on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 at 2:00 pm

Following the festival’s disastrous relocation to Strathallan Castle last year, the organisers of T in the Park were keen to reassure fans that this year’s event on the castle grounds would be different. However, by Friday morning, news had surfaced of two deaths and the theft of a cash machine from the main arena, so I was feeling apprehensive before I even arrived. While I was not present in 2015 to comment on how much the layout or travel to and from the festival has been improved, I felt there was still issues. The unnecessary walk from where we arrived to the actual entrance was lengthy and needless, as I was not searched once on the way. However, I was excited to have finally arrived to see what Tin the Park was really all about.

I headed straight towards the BBC Introducing stage. I have always found that despite their boasting of a huge array of global stars, it is often the smaller tents that contain the hidden gems of festivals. I spent quite a lot of my day going in and out of this tent, discovering a few acts that I can imagine will be huge in the coming months.

Scottish native singer/songwriter and lead singer Charlotte Brimner of Be Charlotte, exhibited a captivating combination of raw hip-hop talent, combined with a beautiful and enthralling singing voice. Probably the heaviest band of the festival, Northern Ireland-based four-piece Making Monsters gave an exhilarating performance. Lead singer Emma Gallagher’s explosive vocal and presence onstage is something to be marvelled at, as she moves with ease from deep guttural growls to soaring melodies.

Winner of the illustrious Brits Critics’ Choice and BBC Sound of 2016 polls Jack Garratt has had an impressive year. Taking to the main stage at T in the Park, his mash-up version of Justin Timberlake and Craig David’s ‘Senorita / 7 Days’ was a highlight of his set, making both songs his own while also showing his endless flair for crafting songs. His performance was impeccable, a faultless act by a raw troubadour talent and an electronic magician. Moving around the stage with vigour, he moves with ease from each instrument including drums and guitar as he has evidently mastered more than one craft.

Rapper Tinie Tempah pulled what seemed to be the largest crowd daytime on Saturday, playing smash hits such as ‘Pass Out’ to a very excitable crowd. Having previously seen Tinie perform with a full band, I found it disappointing that the rapper was only backed by a DJ for his performance at T in the Park. While it was an extremely enjoyable performance, I felt something was lacking in the form of a band accompaniment which could have added to his performance. Despite this, the audience hung on the rapper’s every word, proving he’s the perfect midday act to set the tone for Day 2 at the festival.

It was about half way through the day that Biblical-style rain descended upon the festival, making this year’s T in the Park one of the muddiest festivals I have ever attended. The grounds became so bad that it was difficult to make my way across to other stages and at one point, I even wrapped my feet in plastic bags. After hiding from the rain for what seemed forever, underneath anything that would cover me, I made my way towards the other side of festival. Playing the Radio 1 stage ahead of the release of their sixth album were the Kaiser Chiefs, who proved that they are still able to pull a huge crowd. After the last few weeks of political unrest and in the wake of Brexit, the band’s song ‘Angry Mob’ gave fresh resonance to the lyrics, the crowd singing along ecstatically.

I decided to stay around the Radio 1 stage for the rest of the night, as the thought of wading through the now knee-deep mud to see someone press play on the decks was unappealing. The mesmerising set of Manchester alt-rockers The 1975 (pictured at top) made for a superior alternative headline set. Lead singer Matt Healy tells the crowd that this is the first time the group have ever been asked to headline a stage at a festival, so this is a special event.

Their hit ‘Love Me’, the song that launched their new record, erupts with its smooth and Prince-esque funk. You get a real sense of a band who have fully bloomed from pop obscurity into arguably the biggest band of the year, something which is magnified by the audience’s reaction of seeing it live. The hypnotic staging with its colourful light show, alongside Healy’s undeniable presence, makes for the perfect combination. Drawing their set to a close with an encore of ‘Chocolate’, ‘The Sound’ and ‘Girls’, the band finished their set – and Saturday at T in the Park – on a high.


Live Gig Video: Model Aeroplanes perform an acoustic ‘Whatever Dress Suits You Better’ at T in the Park for The AU Review

By on Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 at 4:00 pm

As you know, we can’t always be everywhere, so that’s when mates come in handy: we couldn’t be at annual Scottish mega festival T in the Park this year, but our friends from down under at The AU Review were present and they filmed this lovely bit. Model Aeroplanes, who were a wonderful discovery of mine in the summer of 2013, filmed this acoustic version of their track ‘Whatever Dress Suits You Better’ – in the Scottish sunshine, no less! – for our Aussie buds. Watch the performance below.

This original feature on The AU Review ran here. Everything Model Aeroplanes on TGTF, including my interview with the Dundee lads at Liverpool Sound City 2014, is right this way.



Live Gig Video: Story Books perform ‘All Those Arrows’ at T in the Park’s BBC Introducing stage

By on Wednesday, 17th July 2013 at 4:00 pm

One of our favourites from SXSW 2013, Story Books appeared last week at T in the Park on the BBC Introducing stage, and we’ve got live footage from the performance. Watch the band playing ‘All Those Arrows’ below.



Preview: T in the Park 2010

By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 12:00 pm

Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive.  From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.

Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.

It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.

Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.

The festival sold out within 90 minutes,  so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!

Full lineup after the jump…

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Video of the Moment #235: The Middle East

By on Thursday, 11th March 2010 at 6:00 pm

If you’re anything like me, the breathtaking song ‘Blood’ from Australian folk-pop band The Middle East will stop you in your tracks. After hearing it on NME Radio as Chris Martin’s Track of the Week, I haven’t been able to take it off repeat. Tailor-made for fans of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, it is both delicate and powerful, subdued and joyous. With its gorgeous harmonies, tinkling bells and whistling, it’s impossible to come out of listening to it without a smile on your face. As their official bio says, “after 5 minutes and 27 seconds of Blood you’ll be jumping with joy and brimming with excited energy, dreaming that life is all about smiles and sunshine (and great entertainment).”

The song serves as the centerpiece of their debut EP, ‘The Recordings of the Middle East,’ which is well worth a listen. Originally self-released by the band in 2008, they re-released it last year after a short hiatus, and are generating quite a buzz about themselves. They will be performing at SXSW before touring North America with Mumford & Sons. Check out the amazing hand-crafted video for ‘Blood’ below – it is the perfect accompaniment to an already fantastic song.


The Middle East will be performing at T in the Park 2010. If you were lucky enough to get tickets, make sure you check them out!


Festival Guide 2009

By on Wednesday, 25th February 2009 at 3:30 pm

Hydro Connect MudWebsites crashing from traffic overload… frustratingly engaged phone lines…eventual resortment to eBay – ah the fun that is purchasing festival tickets. If you’re still not sure as to who’s mud you want to tread in your wellies this 2009, check out our summary below detailing all major festival line-up news to be announced so far! logoTo find tickets for each of these events, we suggest you try using Needtickets. offers you the most comprehensive ticket service in the UK. With one click you can search every nationwide online ticket agent and as a result you can find tickets for any festival that can be booked online. Every ticket is 100% guaranteed as only offers links to official agents.

What? Isle of Wight Festival
Where? Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
When? Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, The Ting Tings, The Charlatans
Rumoured? Elbow, Paul Weller
Tickets? Available now, £140 for full weekend camping.

What? Download Festival
Where? Donington Park, Leics
When? Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Slipknot, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Korn, Motley Crue, Limp Bizkit
Rumoured? Biffy Clyro, New Found Glory, Enter Shikari
Tickets? Available now, £135 for full weekend camping

What? Glastonbury Festival
Where? Worthy Farm, Somerset
When? Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Franz Ferdinand and Bruce Springsteen
Rumoured? Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs, Neil Young
Tickets?Sold Out sadly.

What? Lovebox Festival
Where? Victoria Park, London
When? Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2009
Who? Confirmed: Duran Duran, N*E*R*D, Friendly Fires, Florence and the machine, Groove Armarda, Ladyhawke, Simian Mobile Disco
Tickets? On sale now, £42.50 for each day, or £75 for both days.

What? Wireless Festival
Where? Hyde Park, London
When? Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th July ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascall, The Streets
Tickets? On Sale Now. £40 a day.

What? Heavenly Planet Festival (Brand new and free!)
Where? The Promenade, Reading
When? Friday 10th – Saturday 11th July ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Sharon Shannon Big Band, The Wonder Stuff
Tickets? FREE!

What? T in the Park
Where? Balado, Scotland
When? Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July ’09
Who? Confirmed so far – Blur, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Katy Perry, Snow Patrol, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Rumoured? Bloc Party, The Ting Tings, The Specials
Tickets? On sale THIS FRIDAY (27th February) at 9am.

What? V Festival
Where? Hylands Park, Chelmsford / Weston Park, Staffordshire
When? Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd August ’09
Who? Nobody as yet has been confirmed.
Rumoured? Oasis, Bloc Party, Kasabian, Keane, The Killers
Tickets? On sale on Friday 6th March at 10am.

What? Reading / Leeds Festival
Where? Little Johns Farm, Reading / Bramham Park, Leeds
When? Friday 28th – Sunday 30th August ’09
Who? Nobody as yet has been confirmed.
Rumoured? Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, White Lies


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