T in the Park

T in the Park
T in the Park
T in the Park Festival 2010.jpg
Location(s) Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland
Years active 1994 - present
Date(s) Second weekend of July (3 days)
Genre Rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock, Hard rock, Punk rock, Techno, House, Electronic, Ceilidh, Jazz, Acoustic Music, Pop
Website www.tinthepark.com

T in the Park is a major British music festival that has been held annually since 1994. It is named after its main sponsor, the brewing company Tennents. It was originally held at Strathclyde Park, Lanarkshire but since 1997 has been held at a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire. T in the Park was originally a two-day festival but since 2007 has taken place over three days, and introduced in 2008 was the chance to upgrade a weekend camping ticket to allow camping access on the Thursday - the day before any musicians perform. The festival is promoted by DF Concerts.

As well as the main seven stages of music, there are large camping areas to cater for the majority of festival-goers who stay for the duration of the event. There are also various concession stalls and shops provided, as well as other attractions, such as a large funfair, complete with Big Wheel.

The 2011 festival took place on 8–11 July 2011. Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters were the headliners.

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Early years

Acts appearing in the opening year included Primal Scream, Oasis, Crash Test Dummies, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Rage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill. The following year the festival featured Kylie Minogue, The Prodigy, Alanis Morissette, Black Grape and Supergrass playing in blazing sunshine and high temperatures. In 1996, Radiohead, Beck, Pulp, The Foo Fighters, Teenage Fanclub (who played the Beatles 'Rain' just as it cleared), Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Delgados and No Doubt played, and in 1997 the event moved to its present site of Balado, Kinross-shire, when local developers wanted to use Strathclyde Park for other purposes.

Since moving, the festival has expanded in size with a mix of bands such as The Killers, Kings of Leon, Travis, Texas, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Garbage, Moby, Iggy Pop, Stereophonics, R.E.M., The Proclaimers, The Darkness, Idlewild, Muse, Razorlight, Maxïmo Park, The Polyphonic Spree, The Specials, The Chemical Brothers and Kasabian.

In recent years, the festival has shared much of its lineup with Oxegen, a festival that takes place on the same weekend in County Kildare, Ireland. Acts usually play T in the Park one day and Oxegen the next, or vice versa.

2002 festival

The 2002 line-up was as follows:

Main Stage

Saturday 13 July Sunday 14 July

NME Stage

Saturday 13 July Sunday 14 July

King Tuts Wah Wah Tent

Saturday 13 July Sunday 14 July

Slam Tent

Saturday 13 July Sunday 14 July

T Break Tent

Saturday 13 July Sunday 14 July
  • Cholo
  • Major Major
  • Kain
  • 1" Volcano
  • The Day I Snapped
  • Policechief
  • The Grim Northern Social
  • Degrassi
  • Nerve
  • Julia Thirteen
  • MC Sleazy
  • X-Tigers
  • Jetstar
  • Workshy
  • Cannon
  • Snodgrass
  • Odeon Beat Club
  • Tippi
  • Monica Queen
  • Eska
  • Vera Cruise
  • August 81
  • Bendy Toy

2003 festival

The 2003 line-up was as follows:

Main Stage

Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July

NME Stage

Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July

King Tut's Wah Wah Tent

Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July

X Tent

Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July

Slam Tent

Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July

[1]

2004 festival

The 2004 edition attracted approximately 60,000 people on both the Saturday and Sunday. The two biggest stages being the Main Stage and the NME Stage, along with four tents which included the Slam Tent and the King Tut's Tent.

Originally David Bowie was supposed to headline the main stage on the Saturday evening, but had to pull out due to illness. The Darkness were promoted to headline the main stage and played to a small crowd. Many music fans went to see Muse on the NME stage instead. The Strokes closed the festival, headlining the main stage on the Sunday night.

The 2004 line-up was as follows:

Main Stage

Saturday 10 July Sunday 11 July

NME Stage

Saturday 10 July Sunday 11 July

King Tut's Tent

Saturday 10 July Sunday 11 July

X-Tent

Saturday 10 July Sunday 11 July

Slam Tent

Saturday 10 July Sunday 11 July

T Break Stage

Saturday 10 July Sunday 11 July
  • Dead Fly Buchowki
  • Josephine
  • The Needles
  • Uncle John & Whitelock
  • Weird Attractors
  • Unkle Bob
  • Kain
  • Mother & The Addicts
  • Degrassi
  • Last Great Wilderness
  • The Casuals
  • Sporting Hero
  • Eric & The Bunny Boilers
  • Palomino
  • Poor Old Ben
  • Hiding Place
  • Eastern Lane
  • FB Collective
  • We Rock Like Girls Don't
  • Red Bee Society
  • James Orr Complex
  • Allergo
  • Certain Death
  • Cinematics
  • The Star 69
  • Ludovico

2005 festival

Tickets for the 2005 event sold out in record time, just four days after going on sale, five months in advance of the festival. The event saw around 69,000 people a day watching more than 170 bands over 10 stages. It was named best festival in that year's UK Festival Awards, beating the Glastonbury Festival for the first time.

Some of the bands performing included Green Day, who headlined Sunday night, Travis, The Killers, Keane, El Presidente, The Prodigy, New Order, Fightstar, James Brown, Echo & the Bunnymen, Two Lone Swordsmen, DJ Sneak, Richie Hawtin & Ricardo Villalobos, Sucioperro, Audioslave, Jimmy Eat World, Death From Above 1979, The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, Eagles of Death Metal, Mylo, Athlete, Snoop Dogg, Queens of the Stone Age and Ian Brown. Saturday saw the return of the Foo Fighters, who came back to Scotland in dramatic style, headlining the main stage.

The 2005 line-up was as follows:

2005 Festival

Main Stage

Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

Radio 1/NME Stage

Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

King Tut's Tent

Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

X-Tent

Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

Slam Tent

Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

Futures Stage

Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

T Break Stage

Saturday 9 July Sunday 10 July

2006 festival

Tickets for the 2006 festival went on sale at 9am on 17 February 2006. The event sold out in under an hour, a record time for the festival.[2] An additional 12,000 day tickets were placed on sale on 3 June 2006, which sold out in ten minutes.[3] Approximately 69,000 tickets were sold for each day.[4] Following the sellout, weekend camping tickets appeared on internet auction sites for as much as £700.[2]

The Pet Sounds Arena was introduced for the first time in 2006, with a capacity of 8,000.[5] It replaced the 2,000 capacity X-Tent, which has became the Futures Stage the year previously.[6] Kasabian were added as Sunday headliners of the stage, announced 24 hours before the festival began.[7]

The 2006 line-up was as follows:

Main Stage

Saturday 8 July Sunday 9 July

Radio 1/NME Stage

Saturday 8 July Sunday 9 July

King Tut's Tent

Saturday 8 July Sunday 9 July

Pet Sounds Arena

Saturday 8 July Sunday 9 July

Slam Tent

Saturday 8 July Sunday 9 July

Futures Stage

Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

T-break Stage

Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

2007 festival

The 2007 festival took place on the 6th, 7th and 8 July 2007 - the first time the festival had been held over three days. The first 35,000 tickets went on sale shortly after the 2006 festival and were sold within 70 minutes. The final batch of tickets, released on the 9th of March, sold out in less than 20 minutes.

The first day was marred by traffic congestion with up to 13 hours of delays and 12 miles of tailbacks on the southbound M90 motorway. The organisers are now considering expanding the festival's capacity so that it can seriously challenge Glastonbury Festival.

The 2007 line-up was as follows:

Main Stage

Friday 6 July Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

Radio 1/NME Stage

Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

King Tut's Tent

Friday 6 July Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July
  • Club Noir Burlesque Club
  • Steve Tilley (DJ)
  • Craig McGee (DJ)
  • Horrorshow DJs

Pet Sounds Arena

Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

Slam Tent

Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

Futures Stage

Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July

T-break Stage

Friday 6 July Saturday 7 July Sunday 8 July
  • San Sebastian
  • Kobai
  • The Ads
  • Flood of Red
  • The Draymin
  • The Cider Spiders
  • Edgar Prais

Now over three days, Friday's music was only available to those with T in the Park 2007 camping passes.

Amy Winehouse and Gogol Bordello pulled out at the last minute due to "exhaustion" and to duet with Madonna at Live Earth, respectively.

Also, Tokyo Police Club failed to turn up for unknown reasons, as did You Say Party! We Say Die! and New Creations.

2008 festival

The 2008 festival took place on the 11th, 12th and 13 July 2008. It was announced that the campsite would open on 10 July 2008 to avoid a repeat of the previous year's traffic problems. The first batch of "early bird" tickets (approximately 40,000) were released at 9:00am on the 10 July 2007, selling out in less than 70 minutes with the line up yet to be announced. The next batch of tickets went on sale on 16 February 2008 at 9am. Although tickets sold out in less than an hour, there was still a chance to purchase tickets on the TicketMaster Exchange website, eBay and elsewhere.

The bands headlining the 2008 event were Rage Against the Machine, The Verve and R.E.M. on the Main Stage and The Chemical Brothers, Kaiser Chiefs and The Prodigy on the Radio 1 / NME Stage.

The Festival's green credentials were recognised in 2008 with the award of the Greener Festival Award 2008 from http://agreenerfestival.com who noted that the festival has long been carbon neutral, promoted public transport and had excellent policies to protect the local environment and waterways.

The 2008 line-up was as follows:

Main Stage

Friday 11 July Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July
  • The Sugababes were on the line up for the main stage on the Saturday however pulled out for unknown reasons.

Radio 1 / NME Stage

Friday 11 July Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July

King Tut's Tent

Friday 11 July Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July

Slam Tent

Friday 11 July Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July
  • N/A

Pet Sounds Arena

Friday 11 July Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July
  • N/A

Futures Stage

Friday 11 July Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July
  • N/A

Relentless Stage

Friday 11 July Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July

T-break Stage

Friday 11 July Saturday 12 July Sunday 13 July
  • State Of Affairs
  • No Kilter
  • Figure 5
  • Luva Anna
  • The Down And Outs
  • Joe Acheson Quartet
  • The New York Fund

The Relentless Stage, new to the 2008 version of the festival, was named after and sponsored by Relentless energy drink.

The 2008 festival was marred by two huge incidents which occurred over the weekend, including the first death at T in the Park. One man was found dead in his tent, another man was stabbed 11 times by two men after he intervened to stop them harassing a female friend of his. Fortunately, this incident did not result in a fatality. The organisers have been heavily criticized for the security not stopping the man who smuggled the knife into the festival. There were only 68 arrests at T in 2008, 1 up from the previous year.

2009 festival

  • Main Article: T in the Park 2009

The 2009 festival took place over three days between the 10 and 12 July, with over 180 acts performing to a crowd of 85,000 people. As with the 2008 festival, the campsite opened on the Thursday evening to prevent traffic queues forming on the Friday. The first batch of "early bird" tickets sold out in ten hours on 15 July 2008 and on 27 February 2009, NME announced that camping tickets for the event had already sold out.[9]

2010 festival

Tickets for the 2010 event were made available on 26 February 2010,[10] selling out in 90 minutes.[11] The event was headlined by Muse, Eminem and Kasabian.[12]

2011 festival

The 2011 festival took place between 7–11 July 2011. Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Pulp were the headliners for the weekend. It is the eighteenth festival to take place. The Strokes played on the Radio 1 NME stage on the Saturday. Blink-182 cancelled as they were unable to produce their new album in time for their European tour.[13] On 5 May, Beyoncé was added to the line-up, and played on Saturday the 9th.[14]

2012 festival

The 2012 festival will take place between 6-9 July 2012. Presale tickets went on sale on 12 July 2011, with "early bird" tickets going on sale to the general public on 14 July 2011. The Stone Roses were announced as the first headline act on 8 November.[15]

References

  1. ^ "T in the Park '03". efestivals.co.uk. http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/titp/2003/lineup.shtml#. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  2. ^ a b "T tickets sell out in record time". BBC News Online. 2006-02-17. p. 1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4723256.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. ^ Johnston, Lisette (2006-06-04). "Last T in the Park tickets sell out in 10 minutes". The Scotsman. p. 1. http://living.scotsman.com/tinthepark/Last-T-in-the-Park.2781206.jp. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  4. ^ Vallely, Joanna (2006-02-17). "You'll have had your T! Tickets for festival sell out in morning". The Scotsman. p. 1. http://living.scotsman.com/tinthepark/Youll-have-had-your-T.2751748.jp. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Pet Sounds Arena replaces X-Tent, plus more bands". eFestivals.com. 2006-04-10. p. 1. http://www.efestivals.co.uk/news/06/060410a.shtml. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Top facts about T in the Park". safeconcerts.com. p. 1. http://www.safeconcerts.com/festivals/t-in-the-park/t-in-the-park-facts.asp. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  7. ^ "T In The Park add last minute headliners". NME. 2006-07-07. p. 1. http://www.nme.com/news/kasabian/23534. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  8. ^ Exclusive: Ex-Formula 1 boss Eddie Jordan set for T in the Park slot - The Daily Record
  9. ^ "T In The Park tents sell out". NME. 27 February 2009. http://www.nme.com/news/friendly-fires/43119. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  10. ^ "Eminem and Muse to headline T In The Park festival 2010". NME. 2010-02-23. http://www.nme.com/news/eminem/49876. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  11. ^ "T In The Park festival 2010 sells out within 90 minutes". NME. 2010-02-27. http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/50002. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  12. ^ "T In The Park Line-Up Announced". Xfm. 2010-02-23. http://www.xfm.co.uk/news/2010/t-in-the-park-lineup-announced. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  13. ^ http://www.blink182.com/blog/default.aspx?nid=35198
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/13285614
  15. ^ http://www.tinthepark.com/content/default.asp?page=s14_1&newsid=2061&back=home

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