REVIEW: T in the Park

Crowds at the T in the Park music festival at Strathallan in Perthshire. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Crowds at the T in the Park music festival at Strathallan in Perthshire. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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Noel Gallagher said it the best when he told the thousands of fans on Sunday night, “I write ok tunes, but it’s you, the fans, that makes them into extraordinary pieces of music”.

The headline act on the final night of T in the Park then went onto play Champagne Supernova with the adoring crowd singing along to every word - a magical moment.

That’s what happens when you gather 200,000 music fans in one spot - wherever in the world that event takes place. And this one just so happened to be in Scotland - bringing together people from across the country to create a memorable and amazing three days.

While the Mancunian brought together Oasis fans for classics such as Don’t Look Back In Anger, Whatever, and Digsy’s Dinner, the new tracks from his High Flying Birds were equally adored, including AKA What A Life and If I Had A Gun.

Across the new venue of the festival - which is now held at Strathallan Castle, Perthshire - The Prodigy was creating even more mayhem of a different kind.

Intense would be the word to describe their 90 minute set - from start to finish. There wasn’t any let up in the energy of the gig - with screaming and energetic fans bounding over the front barriers throughout the set.

The overall line up was a perfect mix for indie lovers as well as hardcore ravers, including impressive performances from The Libertines, Sterephonics, Kasabian, Annie Mac, and Fatboy Slim.

The Courteeners set was incredible as they packed out the King Tut’s Wah Wah tent. And in true usual Courts fan style - there were flares going off throughout the performance. And as a nod to his fellow Mancunian Noel G, they even played a short burst of Champagne Supernova. A live first for the band - which sent fans into even more mayhem.

Catfish and The Bottlemen was also another stand-out performance at the Radio 1 stage - which was completely packed out. (The main stage should definitely be on the cards for the Welsh band at any future festivals). Since the release of their debut album last year they have created a strong and dedicated fan following - with the crowd singing each song word for word.

The only downside to the festival was the human traffic jam that occurred while fans stampeded their way to see The Libertines. Literally ten minutes of a bottleneck in the centre of the venue. It’s a testament to the line-up of the festival that there were so many artists people wanted to see so had to dash from one stage to another.

If you want mud, music, magic, and a bit of chaos, T in The Park is the festival for you.