SOME of Scotland’s biggest pop, rock and indie acts will be taking the stage at T in the Park, organisers have revealed.
Deacon Blue, who celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, will be appearing on the main stage at the 20th festival at Balado in their first appearance at the event.
They will be joined by festival favourites The Proclaimers and The Fratellis, indie darlings Twin Atlantic, The View and Frightened Rabbit, soul singer Emeli Sande, and rising stars Nina Nesbitt and Chvrches.
Dizzee Rascal, Labrinth, Stereophonics, Jake Bugg, Noah and the Whale, Ocean Colour Scene and Yeah Yeah Yeahs will also be appearing at the event, it was announced today.
Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and The Killers will be headlining the event, the next batch of tickets for which go on sale on Friday.
Around 40,000 tickets for the T in the Park have already been snapped up in advance, half of which went on sale after last year’s festival.
Festival director Geoff Ellis, of promoters DF Concerts, admitted Deacon Blue, one of the few major Scottish bands not to appear at the festival, had never been asked before until now.
But he added: “They had a great year last year with their live show and went down really well when they played Glastonbury the previous year, so I asked Ricky Ross after their show at the Royal Concert Hall whether they would be up for it. We’re delighted they’re appearing.”
Tickets for this year’s T in the Park range in price from £184 for a weekend ticket without camping to £2696 for four people to stay in the most luxurious on-site accommodation.
Last year’s festival did not sell out until just before last year’s event, but Mr Ellis warned people not to be complacent about buying their briefs for this year.
He said: “The economy had definitely been an issue in affecting our advance ticket sales in the last couple of years, even though the festival has still sold out.
“But we have seen tickets for other big shows we’re putting on with the Stone Roses, Eminem and Robbie Williams sell out right away.
“When 17,000 fans joined us at Strathclyde Park for the inaugural T in the Park in 1994, I don’t think anyone could have imagined how the festival would grow and evolve.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming some of the world’s greatest artists to Kinross this July for our 20th edition, with a truly diverse line-up of seminal artists, global stars and the most exciting new breakthrough talent.”
George Kyle, head of sponsorship at Tennent’s Lager, the event’s long-time backers, said: “What began in 1994 as a founding partnership between Tennent’s Lager and T in the Park, has become a hugely successful, long-standing relationship.
“When T in the Park began, DF Concerts and Tennent’s shared an ambition and vision for the festival, and we are thrilled to be part of a world renowned event which attracts the world’s finest musical talent.
“We are exceptionally proud to have been the T in T in the Park since the start and our passion for live music remains strong in the festival’s 20th year.”
How it all adds up
17,000 Total attendance at the festival’s very first day in 1994.
£23.50 Cost of a single day ticket in 1994.
1,500 Estimated number of site workers at the first festival.
70,000 Capacity of official campsite this year.
7,000 Total number of staff working on the event at its peak.
£194 Cost of a single weekend ticket with camping in 2013.
10 Number of live entertainment stages scattered across the festival site.
4 Number of stages deployed in 1994.