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Festival Preview: T in the Park

Kimberley Manderson


There may be a lot of great new and growing festivals in Scotland but there’s one which has stood the test of time as the giant in this fair country – T in the Park.

Now celebrating its 20th year, but 21st festival, organisers have well and truly pulled out all the stops to ensure a stellar festival line-up and an absolutely incredible festival experience.

As we know in Scotland, and in fact most of the UK, it’s hard to predict our summer weather so it’s important that come rain or shine, TITP punters have the time of their lives. And boy do T organisers put the effort in!

This year sees an outstanding line-up in which two out of three headliners are Scottish acts. Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris may be at different ends of the musical spectrum, but there’s no denying that whether your preference is rock or dance, these acts appeal massively to the T audience and ensures it doesn’t turn into a niche festival.

T in the Park is a bit like the Scottish Glastonbury in the sense that there’s something for everyone to be found round the festival and campsite. It’s not just about the music here, though there are some non-stage musical attractions like the headphone disco and wild cabaret tent. But there are also plenty of other things to keep you occupied or take your fancy, from making a difference in the charity village to seeking your thrills on the fairground rides.

Also much like our beloved Glasto, TITP makes a conscious effort to ensure its festival is green, with things like Citizen T, great public transport links and a 10p return for handing in your used pint cups. In fact, they’re so good at being green that they recently won their 6th Greener Festival Award.

But we all know the weekend is really about who you can see when, and T organisers sweat it out for ages trying to decide on an appropriate stage timetable to ensure you can see all your favourite acts and not miss a trick. Stage breakdowns for 2014 haven’t yet been announced but a lot of acts already have – whether you’re looking forward to all the great Scottish music on offer from the likes of Paolo Nutini, Twin Atlantic, Nina Nesbitt and CHVRCHES, or are seeking out some new music from the yet-to-be-announced T Break Stage, you’re guaranteed to find someone you like on at any given time. Check out the line-up announced so far here.

Unfortunately if you were wanting to head only on the Saturday, you’ll be a bit disappointed as these day tickets have sold out. However day tickets for Friday and Sunday are still available at £82.50 a pop, or if you want to experience the whole weekend you’ll have to fork out £194, or £205 if you want to rock up early on the Thursday night. Ticketmaster is your best bet for genuine, properly priced tickets.