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Killers close out T in the Park

The most popular band with T in the Park fans have taken to the stage at this year's festival to conclude the the 20th anniversary of the event.

The Killers topped the poll run by festival organisers to find the act that most people wanted to see in 2013, and so the Las Vegas band returned by popular demand to the Balado airfield in Kinross-shire which they played for the first time many years ago.

They appeared almost 20 minutes after the scheduled start time for their headline slot to a cheering crowd of thousands.

Somebody Told Me was their opening song, which inspired the audience to offer a mass chorus as they sang with the band throughout.

The Killers' first experience of T in the Park was in the King Tut's tent, where many bands have made their breakthrough in the past.

Geoff Ellis, festival director, stressed the importance of live events to the music industry. He said: "Record companies used to make a lot of money on record sales, they don't make that anymore so they don't invest in bands the same way.

"We need to develop new acts, the way to do that is live gigs, it's so important to have festivals and great venues like King Tut's in Glasgow.

"So we've got to nurture that talent and give it the exposure as well."

The Killers' set came at the end of a day of blue skies and sunshine with thousands enjoying the weather while watching performances by internationally acclaimed acts including Ocean Colour Scene, David Guetta, Foals, Rita Ora and Chvrches.

The hot weather contributed towards more than 1,000 people needing medical attention, according to figures released on Sunday night, with medical staff saying most of those requiring treatment was down to "not keeping themselves hydrated, not using sunscreen and forgetting their own medicines".


From Belfast Telegraph