Beginner’s Guide to T in the Park
Scotland’s biggest music festival returns to the beautiful Strathallan Castle, located in Perthshire for 8th-10th July. This year the festival has got even bigger, with the biggest party north of the border set to grow 1/3 in size. This means bigger acts and bigger crowds but not bigger queues as the traditional layout has faced a shakeup, meaning you won’t have to hang around to feast your ears on some of the biggest and best names in music!
Fans of rock are in for a real treat, with a number of really high profile bands set to grace the glorious Scottish countryside. The Stone Roses, Courteeners and The Last Shadow Puppets are all set to play. Maximo Park, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Kaiser Chiefs will also be playing. Additionally, Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be spicing up the musical feast. Some more leftfield picks are Slaves, the punk duo hailing from Kent. Contrastingly, Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will be bringing their luscious Latin sound. There is also a strong contingent of dance music acts guaranteed to keep the party going all day, with Skream, Jamie xx, Disclosure, Seth Troxler, B Traits and legendary Serbian techno pioneer Nina Kraviz amongst the top picks. Annie Mac will also be hosting a dance stage on the Saturday, with the music scheduled to be broadcast on Radio 1. Also on the lineup is a number of high profile pop artists such as Calvin Harris, LCD Soundsystem, The 1975, The Coral and Travis to name but a few. The lineup is diverse and it’s well worth viewing it in its full form at http://www.tinthepark.com/line up/poster.
Accomadation & Travel
T in the Park runs for a weekend and so to avoid missing out on any of the action buying a weekend ticket and camping really is your only option. However, more luxurious camping options are available for the squeamish. ‘Pink Moon’ offers pre-pitched tents starting at £155 for a two man tent. Click here for further details. You can also bring your own caravan for £150.
Citylink and Big Green Coaches are providing travel to the arena from across the UK, with travel organised from Northern Ireland, Wales, England and of course Scotland. What’s more, coach travel from Scotland is free when you purchase a weekend ticket. However, if you’re travelling from outside Scotland you will have to pay for your journey (free university education not enough for you?!). It is also possible to book coach travel with a day ticket. Click now for full details. Information on car parking spaces will be made available closer to the time, and additional car parking tickets must be purchased. Keep an eye on the T in the Park website for updates.
Weekend camping beginning on Thursday costs £205, and weekend camping beginning on Friday costs £194. Tickets for individual days cost £82.50. Full info on tickets can be found here. VIP packages are also available for those looking for flushing toilets, mirrors, sheltered seating, gourmet food and even more late night musical entertainment. These tickets cost £335 for Thursday entry and £325 for Friday entry. You can also buy access to this area for £315, although you’ll have to camp elsewhere.
By Tom Horton