Andrew Eaton: Lack of fanfare for Jay-Z reveals genuine strength of festival's line-up

JAY-Z? Really? It says something about the strength of this year's T in the Park line-up that the press release issued yesterday doesn't even mention the US hip-hop star until five paragraphs in.

We are talking about the same Jay-Z, right? Mr Beyonce Knowles? The rapper whose Oasis-baiting Glastonbury set in 2008 was the biggest talking point of the whole festival? And who has never played T in the Park before? Yes, that Jay-Z. And yet it's as if T in the Park almost forgot to mention him, having so many other things to talk about.

Such as Muse, a band for people who would like Radiohead more if they were Marvel superheroes, and whose live shows seem to become more wonderfully preposterous by the year. Here's hoping they bring out the bagpipes again, like they did at the SECC in November. Or Eminem, whose records are a bit patchy these days, but is still a big star, and a coup for T in the Park.

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All three of the above will be essential viewing, but the acts further down the bill are just as important to T in the Park. There is, as ever, already a strong Scottish presence: Paolo Nutini, The View, Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro and The Proclaimers.

For spectacle, though, your best bets so far are Goldfrapp (a treat for the costumes as much as anything else) and Empire of the Sun (ditto), while Gossip, The Prodigy and Wolfmother have charisma in spades whatever they're wearing.

I say 'so far' because T in the Park's bill always gets more interesting once the smaller stages begin to fill up. The Futures, BBC Introducing and T Break stages, all still to be announced, are the best places to catch the edgier, more surprising or just the newest stuff. For example, expect BBC Sound of 2010 winner Ellie Goulding, confirmed yesterday, to be joined by the year's other hyped-up contenders soon enough (Marina and the Diamonds, surely?). For now, though, this lot will do nicely.

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