After missing out on tickets for Glastonbury I had to reassess my summer festival plans and after comparing line ups I figured that T in the Park would be the next best thing. Images from previous years showed mud, floods and heavy rain, but I guess that’s what you’ve got to expect when heading to a festival in Scotland right? Wrong.
We arrived to dust, exposed yet pasty torsos and short shorts with way to much cheek hanging out the back. For once God had shone some sunlight on Kinross for it’s special weekend in the limelight.
Four of us arrived on Thursday evening equipped with six tents, four pairs of (pointless) wellies and numerous litres of warm vodka. By Friday our team had grown to ten and the party began to heat up as we sampled warm cans of Scottish Lager. As the festival opened to the sound of Scottish pipes we made our way through the dust to get our first taste of music. Haim were first on the list and as they were named as a band to look out for in 2013 we were all rather excited. Of course Haim were as good as expected, however I was rather gutted they failed to sing ‘Save me.’ Next up was one of my favourite artists from this year Jake Bugg. As you can imagine the Scottish party was now in full swing and Jake was ‘feeling it all’ as was the crowd. The dust grew thick and our skin even dirtier giving the illusion that the sun had a more powerful effect than we thought. As they day grew older I was faced with a tough decision: Mumford or Calvin? In the end I floated between the do getting a good dose of sombre folk and up beat rave music to conclude my first day of T in the Park.
Two hours sleep and fourteen wet-wipes later we were ready for day two which held even bigger names than the previous. First on the cards was my favourite Glitter-Pop-Slut Ke$ha, I’m not ashamed to admit that I was prepared for this to be the highlight of my weekend, I even climbed a pair of shoulders at one stage (possibly during Tick Tock). After the glitter and dust settled we made our way back to the main stage to see Rap Legend Snoop Dogg drop dem beats. Whilst I believe I did enjoy this performance I did need to make a fast escape to grab a pair of jeans to warm my pins. Somehow I returned to the party an hour later with an empty bladder and a pair of jeans that did not belong to me. Day two concluded with Alt-J, of course they were great, but this gig was a slower than what we had witness previously that day and put in the mood for a great nights sleep (shame I was kept up all night with the sound of drunk Scotsmen).
The final day started pretty much the same as the previous three, wet wipes and warm beer. We braved our hangovers and the blistering hot Scottish sun to see ‘oldies’ Earth Wind and Fire, I didn’t know how well I knew this band until they started cranking out the tunes and got the old birds dancing. Then in complete contrast we left the oldies for a something new with the two piece band Deap Valley, dubbed the female Black Keys (recommend). Azealia Banks was up next and it was worth standing in the heat through her entire set to hear 212, one of the highlights of the entire weekend. We retired back to the camping village for one last Scottish Tennents before returning for the final few acts of the weekend. Two Door Cinema Club got the crowd jumping at the main stage and the dust clouds rising up to the heavens. The final and probably most epic band of the weekend was up last at King Wah’s Tut Tut Tent. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this was my third time exposed to the epicness of Karen O and I couldn’t ask for anything better to close the best weekend of the year so far.
T on the Park 2013, best summer festival (in the U.k) Ever! Scotland, I bloody love ya.