Tuesday 6 December 2016

Praise for T In The Park festival with Calvin Harris taking headline spot

Published 09/07/2016 | 17:31

Calvin Harris performing on the main stage during the second day of T in the Park
Calvin Harris performing on the main stage during the second day of T in the Park
The Stone Roses headlined on Friday night

Calvin Harris, Jess Glynne, The 1975 and the Bay City Rollers are all set to perform at T In The Park as the second night of Scotland's biggest music festival gets under way.

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Tens of thousands of revellers descended on a sunny Strathallan Castle estate in Perthshire on Friday for the three-day event featuring some of music's top acts.

Rainfall overnight and on Saturday has meant many of the site's walkways have been churned into mud, making walking underfoot a little difficult for festival goers.

The Stone Roses were the opening night headliners, with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris set to perform in the top slot on day two and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Sunday.

Saturday's line-up also includes Tom Odell at King Tut's Wah Wah Tent, the Kaiser Chiefs on the Radio 1 Stage and Bastille taking to the main stage.

The mood remains upbeat despite the weather and the news yesterday that two festival goers had died.

Police, who are not treating the deaths as suspicious, say drugs may have been a factor.

Janette Donovan from London, who is on her hen weekend in Scotland, said the festival has so far been "quite lively".

The 44-year-old said: "It was quite sunny the first couple of days but it's been really wet and rainy today. The music has been good, the company has been fantastic, I'm losing my voice - lots of shouting.

"It's quite lively at night time around the tents as well, there's a lot of people still partying but it's all good."

Deb Mullane, 52, who is also from London with the hen party, said: "Great bands - it's been a really good line-up.

"The guys are looking after the place and keeping it clean - well, other than the mud - but the toilets and everything have been really good."

Couple David Kirkpatrick, 19, and Olivia Livesley, 18, both from Lanarkshire, came prepared for some wet weather with their umbrella hats.

Ms Livesley said: "The weather yesterday was amazing - it was a bonus getting a bit of sun, but today is fine, I like it. I like embracing the rain with my hat."

The couple are staying in the Citizen T area - a camp site based on an ethos of respect towards neighbours - and say they have not been affected by any of the traffic or queuing issues raised last year.

Ms Livesley, said: "We didn't experience any of that. We came on a coach and it was really nice and easy and getting in was fine. Obviously it's muddy but you can't help it can you? We've got the boots so we're prepared."

Festival director Geoff Ellis said: "Despite a bit of rain, the crowds are in good spirits and enjoying a great day of music.

"Entertainment is well under way and you can feel the excitement build for the mighty Calvin Harris, who will close the main stage tonight with what will, no doubt, be an incredible set.

"I'd like to remind fans to stay safe, drink responsibly and do not take the risk with drugs. Have fun, look after yourselves and each other."

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