The journey to T in the Park started with two frantic people running for a train, to catch a bus to the airport, whilst carrying all our camping gear. The experience taught us that many essential items become less important when travelling to a music festival on public transport. Arriving at T in the Park, armed with a juice bottle of G&T we took on the campsite, by default finding ourselves in a sweet spot just across from the entrance to the Sunset Strip.
The Be Chilled tent in the campsite provided us with cold beer and cider, which went down like a dream after the trek. Thursday night was a relaxed night of jamming in the Slam Tent, which I was completely put off after seeing multiple men urinating against the side of the tent. Our next step was watching an amazing pyrotechnic show, which affectionately became known as Mordor – flames gushed out the top. This was followed by an incredible lightning show whereby two men dueled till the ‘death’ .
Friday’s festivities started at 16h00 with the opening of the Main Arena. Having to make some difficult choices, Matthew and I rushed in to see Imagine Dragons as our first act. The stage was set and the rest of Friday was exceptional. We rushed from band to band to catch as much as we could possibly see. Everything Everything was after Imagine Dragons in the King Tuts Wah Wah Tent, then Rudimental, then Of Monsters and Men (one of my personal favourites), half of Phoenix, a bit of Chase and Status on the Main Stage, then ending the night off in the ‘golden circle’ for Mumford and Sons. Friday set quite a precedent for the rest of the weekend. Both Matthew and I thought it could never be topped.
Saturday started a lot earlier. The Main Arena opened at 10h00. After watching the Fratelli’s for a bit we took a little walk around and found Gabrielle Aplin on the Radio 1 Stage – she is a young beauty with a voice to match, a golden find. After eating some delicious food from Healthy T, we headed off to watch The Lumineers on the Main Stage. The rest of the day was packed full, and once again we were forced to make some difficult choices. Noah and the Whale followed with a less than exciting, albeit brilliant show, on the Radio 1 Stage. The choice between Snoop Dog and Frightened Rabbit was an easy one for me, but less so for Matthew. After watching Frightened Rabbit’s first few songs, played with all the enthusiasm of a Scottish band playing at T in the Park, their native festival, for the first time, it was clear we had to stay. Next up was the Script on the Main Stage. Danny O’Donoghue kept us captivated with his crazy antics, running up and down, jumping into the crowd, and eventually singing to a fan’s ex on her Blackberry. Our final choice was Alt J in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent. Their strange sound mixed with a sweaty, energetic crowd, and electrifying bass was exactly what we were hoping for. Even the irritating Australians who kept elbowing me in the face couldn’t ruin it for me.
Saturday had yet another brilliant line-up. Unfortunately Matthew and I got a little bit daytime drunk, and missed a few good ones (not something I recommend). Missing Tom Odell and Bastille broke my heart. Catching Stereophonics and The Killers on the Main Stage to end off the night made up for it, ending our T in the Park experience on such a high.
Packing up on Monday morning was a bitter sweet moment. We were so sad to leave the amazing music, fun times and dust, but excited to take a shower and explore Edinburgh. T in the Park is an outstanding festival, and if I can, I will definitely head back in the near future.
I have put together a few tips for T in the Park hopefuls
1. Buy a Refresh Band – I didn’t, and I really regretted it.
2. Don’t carry your beer, order it from the Be Chilled tent.
3. Don’t drink in the sun without eating (Matthew and I learned the hard way)
4. Don’t bring more than you can carry! Anything you don’t have, you will find tossed aside in the queue by people who couldn’t carry it. ( Matt and I found two camping chairs, a water bottle, and an extra tent)
5. It seems as though it is acceptable to wear butt shorts – so if you feel confident enough, you’ll fit right in with shorts smaller than most underwear, no matter what your size or shape.
6. Bring sunscreen – getting burnt is no fun.
7. Plan your day, and make the tough choices – don’t try overdoing it, having a good spot is well worth it.
8. Food is expensive – pack as much as you can carry!
9. Arrive slightly later on the Thursday, because they open the closer campsites after the further ones.
10. Expect to queue for everything on arrival, dress appropriately, public drinking is acceptable, make friends, and stay hydrated!
11. And finally… don’t stand next to Australians whilst watching Alt J!