T in The Park Festival
T in The Park Festival takes place at Balado, Kincross-Shire, Scotland
T in The Park Festival 2012 dates – 6th to 8th July
T IN THE PARK FESTIVAL 2012 – LINE UP
The Stone Roses – headliner
Kasabian – headliner
Snow Patrol – headliner
Swedish House Mafia, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Florence And The Machine, The Maccabees, The Horrors, Miles Kane, The Vaccines, Maverick Sabre, Frank Turner, Two Door Cinema Club, Tinie Tempah, New Order, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Elbow, Example, Professor Green, Kaiser Chiefs, Jessie J, Chase & Status, Skrillex, The Temper Trap, Sven Vath, Emeli Sande, Ben Howard, Happy Mondays, James Morrison, The Darkness, Miike Snow, Labrinth, Amy Macdonald, The Courteeners, The Enemy, Slam, Pulled Apart By Horses, Tribes, Enter Shikari, Major Lazer, Rizzle Kicks, Peter Doherty, Skream ft. Sgt Pokes, Erol Alkan, The Wailers, Benga, Fake Blood, Jack Beats, Crookers, Alabama Shakes, The Wanted, Twin Atlantic, Dubfire, Joris Voorn, Christina Perri, Devlin, Bellowhead, Maya Jane Coles, Little Roy, Spector, Len Faki, Band Of Skulls, Pan-Pot, Nicki Minaj, Simian Mobile Disco, Howler, Clouds, Bombay Bicycle Club, Feeder, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, J. Cole, Reverend And The Makers, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Dawes, Zulu Winter, The Milk, Shed Seven, The Subways, Childish Gambino, McFly, Cher Lloyd, Cover Drive, Django Django, We Are Augustines, The Jezabels, Lawson, Orbital, Paul Kalkbrenner, Gary Beck, Hans Bouffmyhre, DJ Yoda, Hilltop Hoods, Fun., King Charles, The Parlotones, Dog is Dead, Blood Red Shoes, Ren Harvieu, Mull Historical Society, Stooshe, Here We Go Magic, The Minutes, Lonsdale Boys Club, Keane, Rita Ora, The Blackout, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Vukovi, St. Lucia, Broken Hands, James Levy And Thethe Blackout, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Vukovi, St. Lucia, Broken Hands, James Levy, The Blood Red Rose Blood Red Rose, The Cribs
The History of T in The Park Festival
From its beginnings at Strathclyde Country Park in 1994 to what will undoubtedly be the most successful year to date, in the lush environs of Balado in 2008, T in the Park has grown in size and influence to become one of the most important and critically acclaimed music events on the international festival circuit.
Now attracting over 80,000 music fans from all over the globe each day, T in the Park is consistently a sell out success. This popularity can be attributed to the festival’s unique atmosphere, the legendary Balado crowd, unrivalled the world over and an annual line-up that is one of the most exciting on the planet.
With over 180 artists performing across 11 stages over 3 days, T in the Park consistently attracts the finest international talent from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who, Green Day, The Killers, Foo Fighters, REM, Oasis, Radiohead, to home-grown heroes Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream, Amy Macdonald, The View and The Fratellis.
Now in its 16th year, the festival’s progressive attitude has seen it develop into a benchmark event, held up not only in the UK, but in Europe and beyond. Its inception has led to the development of a strong and sustained outdoor live events industry in Scotland with its model inspiring the emergence of other successful UK festival, such as V.
Now one of only two Carbon Neutral events in the UK (the other being DF Concert’s Connect festival) T in the Park is the largest CarbonNeutral festival in the world and continues year on year to reduce its impact on the environment through its working practices.
T in the Park was established when DF Concerts, one of the UK’s leading concert promoters, teamed up with Scotland’s favourite pint Tennent’s Lager, who had a history of supporting the Scottish live music scene in the late 1980s. DF Concerts had for some time been considering the development of Scotland’s first large scale, multi-stage music event to act as an annual focal point for the music scene, and Tennent’s were keen to further increase its support of live music.
The first T in the Park took place at Strathclyde Country Park in 1994, with DF Concerts teaming up with MCD Promotions of Eire to create a sister company Big Day Out Ltd to promote the event. The festival was an artistic success, and while financially it was less successful, it fired the enthusiasm of the 17,000 fans that turned up each day, and subsequent years have been greeted with ever increasing popularity and acclaim.
The success of DF Concerts ongoing relationship with founding partners Tennent’s Lager has ensured that T in the Park has developed in both size and stature and has gone on to become recognised as one of the key players in the global music calendar. Worldwide media attend the event in significant numbers, further underlining the festival’s international profile. 2007 alone saw T In the Park welcome press, TV and radio crews from Ireland, France, Italy, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Dubai, Israel, Tokyo, Australia, New York, Canada and Argentina.
T in the Park scooped the prestigious title of ‘Best Major Festival’ in 2006’s industry recognized, publicly voted UK Festival Awards for the second consecutive year, before rounding off it’s most celebrated year to date by being voted ‘Music Festival of the Year’ in The List’s annual reader’s pole. Tennent’s Lager’s commitment and successful involvement in T in the Park has yielded many awards, amongst these the prestigious Hollis Award for Sponsorship Continuity in 2003, which not only saw a fitting tribute to T in the Park’s Tenth Year, but saw the event beat Nationwide (Football Association and England Team), HSBC (ITV Drama Premieres), and Ford (UEFA Champions League) for the title.
The scope of the event has increased over time with the Radio 1/NME Stage, the Slam Tent, the all new 8,000 capacity Pet Sound’s Arena, (which replaced the 2003’s 2,000 capacity X- Tent), and the Futures Stage and many other new talent and entertainment areas, including 2005’s revolutionary Silent Disco joining the original Main Stage and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
T Break has been working with new Scottish talent since 1996 and is now an established and well-respected highlight of the Scottish musical calendar. T Break is a Tennent’s Lager initiative which, over the past decade, has supported thousands of aspiring musicians, including the likes of The Cinematics, Lizard King’s hottest new signing Drive-By Argument and Biffy Clyro, all of whom regularly acknowledge the importance of the platform which T Break provided for them as they launched their career. Along with the Ceilidh Tent, the T Break Stage makes T in the Park the only UK festival to have two stages dedicated entirely to homegrown talent.
In 1997, when the festival’s original site was developed as a supermarket, Balado Activity Centre, near Kinross provided an excellent alternative at the very heart of Scotland. This relocation has made T in the Park more accessible for fans travelling from remote parts of Scotland, as well as being convenient for all major cities and other parts of the UK. This shift is now reflected in the increasingly diverse T in the Park audience, with more than 45 per cent of ticket buyers coming from outwith Scotland, making the event one of the country’s biggest annual tourist attractions (and fifth biggest town in Scotland for the duration of the weekend!).
Despite the large crowds that descend on Balado each year, the event enjoys an extremely warm and positive reception from the local council and surrounding communities and in 2006 became the only festival in the UK to be awarded a three-year license for the second time.
The importance of T in the Park to Scotland was recognised by Jack McConnell who visited the event in its Tenth Year in 2003 and said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying themselves. The festival is very valuable to the Scottish economy and it symbolises the modern Scotland we want to portray.” Motions have been passed in Parliament, the past two years running to congratulate T in the Park on its success in the UK Festival Awards, with the event receiving unanimous cross party support.
On-site activity at T in the Park has seen many changes over the years, with 75% of the audience now opting for the ‘true festival experience’ of camping on-site for the whole weekend, compared to just 5 per cent in 1994 – making it the largest campsite in Scotland. In addition to the diverse range of stages, tents, Silent Disco and other onsite entertainment, the site also boasts a funfair, global food village and a range of additional bars and entertainment.
Other event initiatives introduced in 2007 include ‘Healthy T’, an area which sought to redress the notion that festival food is unhealthy and unappealing. The area offered such delights as a juice bar, stovies, oysters and mussels and saw demonstrations by celebrity chefs The Hairy Bikers and Scots Michelin starred chef Martin Wishart over the course of the weekend, along with other top Scottish Chefs who all want to return with their own stalls in 2008, a true testament to how successful the area was.
Also new in ’07 was the introduction of TicketExchange launched by DF Concerts and Ticketmaster for T in the Park, aimed at countering ever-increasing activity on unauthorised internet resale sites. TicketExchange is the only legitimate resale site authorised by T in the Park and offers fans protection from potentially fraudulent sellers. Working in tandem with the ticket barcode scanning system AccessManager introduced in 2005, these measures highlight T in the Park’s ongoing commitment to act as a forerunner in innovative practice in the fight against touting.
T in the Park is more concerned about its impact on the environment than ever before and has taken many steps to exercise a greener approach. The event went Carbon Neutral for the second year running in 2007, uses low-energy light bulbs and a carefully considered fuel-system.
This request has not gone unheeded with participation in 2007’s cup recycling scheme reaching the 75% mark. The initiative introduced in 2006 was expanded in 2007; a 10p deposit, added to the price of each pint, was returned when the cup was returned to a designated recycling point. A huge success, over 75% of cups were returned meaning that the co-operation of T in the Parkers made a huge difference to the overall tidiness of the site, and of course the environment.
2008 saw the introduction of many new exciting initiatives which continued to ensure that the T experience was the ultimate in festival fun for fans.
Three days proved just not enough for T in the Park fanatics so when faced with the chance to make it last that little bit longer, thousands jumped to have an extra night’s camping. Thursday night gave revellers pick of the first pitches and a chance to get themselves into the party spirit early with the Silent Disco, Boombus, Cinema, Duracell Power House Club, Bars and a Fairground.
Introduced for the first time, yet another welcome addition was Fancy Dress Friday, which, in 08 exceeded all expectations as thousands embodied the community spirit of T in the Park. Coming together dressed in anything and anyone that took their fancy. Bananaman seemed to replicate campsite wide, and a sea of superhero’s over lapped the site. The resultant winners literally embodied T dressing as Tennent’s cans with fine stitch detail to boot.
You arrive at T in the Park. Your bed’s set up, there are chocolates on your pillow and you head to the spa before taking to the Main Stage. Sound like a dream? Well 2008 saw this become the reality for many as luxury camping took to the fields of Balado. Following the Government decision not to pass legislation against ticket touting T in the Park organisers were aware that some people may be willing to pay a great deal of money for tickets through the secondary market (ie tout sites) T was keen to offer a reliable alternative for those considering going down this route by offering a guaranteed ticket package for the event. Featuring a range of bespoke tipi accommodation including the dream features mentioned above alongside access to hospitality, a special catering area, luxury toilets and shower facilities. With treatment like that it’s a wonder they weren’t being dragged to the stage mistaken for stars!
T in The Park 2011 – Line Up
Foo Fighters, Pulp, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Liam Gallagher’s New Band Beady Eye, Pendulum, Bloody Beetroots, The Script, My Chemical Romance, All Time Low, Jimmy Eat World, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Dj Deadmau5, Friendly Fires, Bright Eyes, The Vaccines, The View, Kt Tundstall, Kei$Ha, Manic Street Preachers, Tom Jones, Brandon Flowers, Weezer, Chase & Status, White Lies, Blondie, Cast, You Me At Six, Crystal Castles, Ocean Colour Scene, The Saturdays, Eels, Hurts, Bright Eyes, The Streets, Noah And The Whale, House Of Pain, Slam, Josh Wink, Imelda May, Miles Kane, Vitalic, Diplo, Death Crew 77, Eliza Doolittle, Stornoway, 2ManyDJs, Primal Scream, Villagers, Kids in Glass Houses, Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia, Leftfield, Bruno Mars, Slash, The Strokes, Peter Doherty, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and many more