So this weekend I headed off to Balado, Kinross to experience my first T in the Park. I was pretty excited as the line up looked great and featured a lot of my favourite bands. Here’s my round-up of the festival in three parts, and all the acts I managed to see.
On a very hot and dusty afternoon, my first port of call was the Radio 1 Stage where Milo Greene were kicking things off for the day, bringing their instrument-switching, harmony-filled tunes all the way from California. I hung around afterwards as Haim were up next with an energetic performance from the three sisters. Este’s “bass-face” was perhaps just as awesome as the tunes, the only downside being that they ran out of time and so were unable to play my favourite track of theirs, Don’t Save Me. Luckily they still showcased a handful of songs that will hopefully be featuring on their debut album at some point in the near future, with tracks such as The Wire already a firm fan favourite. They closed their impressive set with a ferocious synchronised drum finale.
Next stop was the King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent to see Of Monsters And Men, the Icelandic band winning hearts with their quirky lyrics and anthemic melodies. Their set was marred slightly by the sound quality – I felt they would’ve been better suited to an an outdoor stage as the acoustic guitars were almost constantly drowned out by the bass and drums inside the tent. Nevertheless OMAM put on a good show, both Little Talks and set-closer Six Weeks drawing massive crowd sing-alongs.
Headlining the Main Stage for Friday evening were folk-rock idols Mumford & Sons. Off the back of a phenomenal performance at Glastonbury, the expectations were obviously high and they didn’t disappoint. They played a 90 minute set featuring a collection of songs from both albums, impressive considering that bass player Ted Dwayne has only just recovered from brain surgery. From the first notes of Lover’s Eyes, the entire crowd was enraptured, and singing along to every word of every song. Before the start of I Will Wait, which featured about half way through the performance, frontman Marcus Mumford pointed in the direction of the Radio 1 Stage, where dance music legend Calvin Harris was playing, and asked the crowd “Shall we drown him out?” I don’t think I need relay their answer. Personal highlights of mine were the fast-paced Hopeless Wanderer and also Dust Bowl Dance, which saw Marcus hopping behind the drums. Their encore of The Cave was the perfect end to the evening.