The boak-inducing stench of Portaloos, the pink tint of overexposed nedflesh, the all-day robbery of greasy fast food vans, the monstrous campsite trek. Aye, T IN THE PARK time is hastily approaching.
For all its imperfections, there are very few first-time punters who wouldn’t make a return visit. The atmosphere makes it what it is, full of daft Scottish banter and (mostly) happy drunks. The line-up may not err on the side of cutting-edge but TITP is not about that and has never pretended to be either (unlike the short-lived Connect festival).
This year’s bill – like every year’s – contains plenty of bands you will loathe and plenty you will love. The best advice is to get your hands on a timetable before you set off (you should find one on The Pop Cop a day or two before the gates open on Friday) and plan a rough itinerary, bearing in mind that stages can be a good 15-20 minutes walk from one another.
The Main Stage headlining performances have a habit of being hit ‘n’ miss affairs so keep a close eye on the weather (a light breeze can play havoc with the sound) and the volume of fans (turn up half-an-hour before stage time if you want a decent view). You would expect Muse to deliver a pompous Friday night show, while Eminem is a real coup for the organisers with this being the rapper’s only UK summer festival appearance. Kasabian are easily the worst choice of a Sunday night closing act at TITP since The Chemical Brothers sat behind their laptops like a couple of chumps in 2002.
In terms of 2010’s potential ‘I was there’ moments, they seem most likely to occur in the King Tut’s tent on Saturday, where both Mumford & Sons and Frightened Rabbit ought to be met with a generous dollop of hero worship.
Whatever happens, Team Pop Cop will be present and 50% sober, covering as much of the three-day blitz as humanly possible. As well as extensive reviews and photos, we’ll be tweeting (http://twitter.com/thepopcop) live from Balado with updates on all the big-match action, plus any celeb spots and backstage misdemeanors. We stumbled across Celtic captain Scott Brown at T in the Park last year so the goal is to top that. Failing that, a snap of Jim Gellatly or Vic Galloway might have to do.
Muse – In Your World
Mumford & Sons – Nothing Is Written (live)