T in the Park, review: Scotland's Glastonbury returns with huge and eclectic line-up


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Poignancy isn’t an emotion usually associated with big budget Scottish mega-festival T in the Park, but over the course of this particular weekend, eighteen years into the festival’s residency at a former airfield near Kinross, many might have stopped to consider the memories accrued in that time.

Health and safety concerns over an oil pipeline running through the heart of the site will force a venue change to Strathallan Castle near Gleneagles next year, and it was the Scottish bands in particular who seemed misty-eyed at the prospect, including Friday night headliners Biffy Clyro saluting their tenth year at the festival and Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry recalled entering the T-Break unsigned bands contest five times and being knocked back.

Typically of Scotland’s Glastonbury, the line-up was huge and eclectic, with pop and EDM heavily represented, the latter most notably by (almost) local boy done good Calvin Harris in the Saturday headline slot, who found Fresh Prince Will Smith introducing him onstage.


Perhaps more credibly, Saturday also saw Pharrell Williams start a drizzle-soaked party featuring a host of his biggest hits and productions (from Daft Punk’s "Get Lucky" to his own megahit "Happy"), Paisley’s Paulo Nutini further cement his place as an artist progressing to the next level, and Arctic Monkeys bid farewell to the site on Sunday.