T in the Park’s second year at Strathallan saw headlining sets from The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris and Red Hot Chili Peppers
Photography by Peter Fannen
T in the Park had a lot to prove after last year’s travel chaos and uncertainty over the new site’s potential as a major festival area, but a range of improvements seem to have allayed many of the logistical doubts.
However, there have been reports that the festival was swamped with drugs, linked to the deaths of two teenagers, and there was even the theft of an ATM cash machine.
While the weather remained typically unpredictable, a headlining trio of The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris and the Red Hot Chili Peppers ensured the 85,000-strong crowd didn’t have their spirits dampened.
After selling out four dates at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, The Stone Roses didn’t have much left to prove when they had already topped the bill at the Scottish festival in 2012. The only disappointment for fans was the band’s decision not to televise their slot – although the quartet have a long history of doing so.
A stellar 19-song set followed on the Friday, with every song from their eponymous and seminal debut album appearing in the set alongside new single ‘All For One’.
Saturday is normally the busiest day of the festival at T in the Park and the bill was choked with several chart-topping acts, including The Last Shadow Puppets, Jess Glynne, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille and The 1975.
While it was clashes galore, Calvin Harris and his live DJ set topped off the day by thrilling the mostly younger crowd for his second headlining appearance at his home festival.
Dizzee Rascal was invited up to Strathallan for a guest appearance that saw the two join forces once again for a performance of their new collaboration ‘Hype’.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have been headlining festivals for over 20 years, and their experience alone was enough to create an awe-inspiring show. Yet the omission of ‘Dani California’ and ‘Californication’ seemed to be enough to dispirit fans enough from fully enjoying their meagre 17-song set.
Drummer Chad Smith was busy over the course of the day aside from his band, accompanying Jake Bugg for a rendition of ‘Slumville Sunrise’.
LCD Soundsystem headlined the Radio 1 stage to continue their reunion tour after only disappearing from the mainstream music limelight four years ago. However, their impeccable live reputation goes hand-in-hand with the ambience at T in the Park, making them the perfect fit to close Sunday night alongside the Chili Peppers.
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Stone Roses bassist Mani
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The Last Shadow Puppets
Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown