Friday, July 10, 2009

T time for music fans at festival !

The Killers
The Killers are headlining, along with Kings of Leon and Blur

More than 120 bands and singers are set to entertain the crowds at Scotland's biggest music festival, T in the Park.

Kings of Leon, the Killers and Blur are headlining the three-day event at Balado, Kinross-shire.

Other acts taking to the stages include Lady Gaga, the Pet Shop Boys, Lily Allen, Katy Perry and Paolo Nutini.

About 85,000 people are expected to attend each day of the festival, which has attracted fans from as far afield as Argentina, Russia and Korea.

Director Geoff Ellis said he hoped people would be pleased with the line-up, which stretches across 12 stages.

He said: "I think it's one of the strongest we've ever had. We try to keep it as diverse as possible and I think we've got in Kings of Leon and Killers two of the biggest international bands around.

"Blur are really on fire, they're back with a vengeance and playing really well.

"It's a really well balanced bill. Bands like the Pet Shop Boys, who've never played T in the Park before and probably the T in the Park audience are not the core kind of Pet Shop Boys fans, but they've so many hits that people will recognise and I know that they're planning a fantastic kind of visual show."

He said he appreciated the fact that so many young people who did not have much money had paid to attend the festival.

"T in the Park is one thing they don't want to give up on," Mr Ellis said.

"To them it's not a luxury item, it's a necessity."

About 65,000 people will camp at the festival, which turns the site into Scotland's fifth biggest town.

Additional security, including a night vision camera will be in place this year following a stabbing at the 2008 event.

Police have urged festival-goers to stick with their friends, be aware of pickpockets and to look after their mobile phones.

They also warned that those found with drugs would be arrested.




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