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Is T in the Park’s safe line-up actually a risk?

Geoff Ellis

Geoff Ellis

The announcement of the T in the Park line-up has been greeted with disappointment from most quarters, with festival head honcho Geoff Ellis accused of playing it safe after last year’s event failed to sell out for the first time in recent memory. On the face of it, it looks a sensible enough move from a strictly business point of view. But does the unimaginative bill actually represent a much bigger risk for the event than the organisers might realise?

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T in the Park 2013 Rumoured Stage Times

titpYes, it’s that time of year again when summer is in full swing, there’s no football on and we post the stage times to T in the Park. Usual disclaimer – these are obviously not definitive as changes have been made on the day in the past. However, we’ve been right four out of the last five years, so we are pretty confident. But if you miss Lucy Spraggan – don’t blame us. Instead, consider what type of human being would be upset at missing Lucy Spraggan and decide to change your life.

T in the Park 2013 Stage Times

Fields of Dire – Festival Season Begins

As RockNess kicks off the festival season this week, ELM offers an alternative view on the merits of mud and music.

‘Yes, yes, yes it’s the summer festival’ sang louche pop imp Edwyn Collins in 1994, ‘the truly detestable summer festival.’ What could he have had against this staple of British summertime? Who dares to suggest that standing in a field waiting for The Gossip to play that one they did a few years back (remember it? Aye you do!) might not be the very zenith of modern entertainment?

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Same as it ever was – T in the Park 2012 line-up announced

If, in the build-up to the official announcement, you had asked me to name the line-up for T in the Park 2012, I’d have looked at the one headliner already announced – The Stone Roses – and then added two more. ‘Fucking Kasabian‘, I would have said, before adding drily ‘oh, and Snow Patrol, obviously.’ Then we’d have laughed at my little joke and then speculated on who it might actually be.

Well, the announcement came today. And the headliners are in fact The Stone Roses, Fucking Kasabian and Snow Patrol. Really.

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I am the ongoing resurrection – Stone Roses announce more dates

Whilst it was inevitable that the Stone Roses comeback shows at Heaton Park were highly unlikely to be all she wrote, from a marketing point of view it made perfect sense not to go on about it too much. After all, would there have been such a fantastic scramble for tickets – a staggering 225,000 sold in a day, remember – if people had known that they could just sit tight and wait for the band to come to them?

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Friday From the Vault – Teenage Fanclub

We love Teenage Fanclub. How couldn’t you? They are shiny, wonderful and make consistently wonderful music. We’ll have an exclusive chat with Norman over the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime, here’s the band performing the astounding ‘Sparky’s Dream’ at T in the Park 1996.

T in the Park – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

And somehow Ned Genocide is a crime...

ScantRegard hates most living things, yet that hasn’t stopped her becoming a T in the Park Stalwart. Here’s her guide to what you can look forward to;

It’s that time of the year again, when half of Glasgow and Edinburgh packs up and heads north to terrorise the good citizens of rural Kinross for a weekend. T in the Park is established as one of stalwarts of the ever-expanding British festival scene, and with that comes the good, bad and ugly sides of inviting 80,000 pissed Scottish people to spend time together outside the confines of a city centre.

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