Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Fans enjoy sun at T in the Park

Festivalgoers enjoy themselves in the crowd at T in the Park music festival held at Balado Park in Kinross, Scotland
Festivalgoers enjoy themselves in the crowd at T in the Park music festival held at Balado Park in Kinross, Scotland

The sun was shining on the last day of T in the Park, with up to 85,000 music fans preparing to bid farewell to the place the festival has called home for the past 18 years.

Arctic Monkeys will become the last ever act to headline the main stage at Balado in Kinross-shire when they perform tonight.

The three-day event has so far seen an impromptu appearance from Hollywood star Will Smith, who joined Calvin Harris on stage last night.

Tens of thousands of fans danced through the rain as the DJ brought the party to a close with a set packed full of hits including Feel So Close, I Need Your Love and Bounce.

Paul Weller, Jake Bugg, Kaiser Chiefs, Bastille and Franz Ferdinand are some of the names performing today.

Kodaline, Disclosure, Tinie Tempah, Sam Smith and Example will also help see out the final festival at Balado.

The site near Kinross has been T in the Park's home since 1997 but this year's event will be the last to be held there before a move to the Strathallan Castle estate in Perthshire next year.

Darren Martin, 22, from Glasgow, has been to the festival many times and said: "It's the people who make T in the Park. There's no festival like it.

"At the end of the day it's just a field with grass and next year will be another field but it's still going to be as massive as it always has been.

"Where else do you get a crowd like this? Everyone's always up for it.

"This year's been amazing, and I still have Arctic Monkeys to see. I'm also excited to see Chvrches, I can't wait for that as I missed them when they played earlier."

Organisers confirmed Chvrches would play on the Radio 1 stage on Sunday after London Grammar had to cancel due to singer Hannah Reid losing her voice.

David Anderson, 23, from Glasgow, said: "T in the Park's a community. It's always been like that - everyone comes back year after year.

"There are so many people we're looking forward to seeing today and a few bands we've never seen live."

Nick Ely, 20, from London, said: "We just got here today, to be fair, but it looks pretty lively. I'm looking forward to Arctic Monkeys later, it should be a good laugh. We've come up from London, so a bit of a trek for one day, but it should be alright."

"We've never been to Scotland before this weekend so the accent's different, I'll give you that. But we came up here because of the line-up," he added.

Police Scotland said 36 people had been arrested, which was down on last year's figures.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Lynch praised the behaviour of fans, saying the general conduct was "excellent".

Medics said 685 people had been through the hospital tent since the campsite opened on Thursday, mostly for minor ailments.

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