This week was the announcement of 2016’s T in the Park complete line-up. How exciting is that?! Whether you’re going, thinking of going, or not going at all – this is a huge deal in the music of 2016, as the artists listed will be the talk of the summer. After Glastonbury of course, T in the Park is arguably the biggest and most talked about festival in the UK, holding huge previous headliners including true Scots Biffy Clyro and the mighty Kasabian. The awe of T in the Park comes greatly from the vast range in music there. Many festivals today focus on a particular genre or fan base, but there really is something for everyone at this Scottish festival.
Following big issues with the running of the festival last year, T in the Park have a lot to prove. Customers were very unhappy in 2015, due to issues with arrival, sign posts and general organisation of the 3 day event, causing mass confusion and trouble. Many people were said to arrive at the festival 10 hours later than scheduled, due to waiting outside the arena waiting for organisation to be handled. This year, organisers have been given a final chance to prove that the festival is capable of running a safe, successful and enjoyable weekend by following the list of improvements enforced upon them. They have moved to a new venue, and hopefully everything will run smoothly this year.
Anyway, enough of the boring stuff! I’ll get on with what we have all been waiting for…
The first headliners to be announced were the incredible iconic band, The Stone Roses. This was released several months ago, shortly before the first wave of tickets was released for sale to the public. The hype around the roses is huge and will undoubtedly bring in thousands of fans to the festival this year. Second on the lineup is DJ, Calvin Harris. As a Scottish artist, there was no surprise with this one. T in the Park love nothing more than bringing their Scottish successors back home! I may not be the biggest dance or pop fan, but Calvin Harris has had huge hits this year and you cannot deny that the atmosphere is guaranteed to be one you wont forget. Finally, we have The Red Hot Chili Peppers – another iconic band. Iconic, successful and widely loved by the masses. Yet, I’m sorry to say, I’m slightly disappointed. The Chili Peppers were announced for Reading and Leeds festival months go, so now (sorry T) this is old news really! However, I think I may stand alone with that opinion, I’m sure the crowd will love it.
What else can we get excited for?
Acts announed beneath the headliners include The Courteeners, Jamie XX, Disclosure and Chase and Status – all massive acts for the summer! But here’s who I am particularly looking forward to seeing on Scottish soil.
First of all, T in the Park will be welcoming the return of Bastille and The 1975. Eek! I am a huge fan of both of these bands, who will each be returning to the festival with their second albums. The 1975’s album was released just days ago ‘I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ and the ridiculously named album has already had a great response. Bastille are really making us sweat for the new album, giving some encouragement on the bands twitter account @bastilledan. All we stormers know, is that LP2, as lead singer Dan refers to it, is on it’s way, and we must remain patient. Painfully patient. In addition, T in the Park are also welcoming The Last Shadow Puppets onto the field. The band consists of icons Alex Turner and Miles Kane who have recently returned onto our radios with new track ‘Bad Habits’. What an incredible return hit! Next on my list of must-see acts is of course Catfish and The Bottlemen. I am totally biased with this one because I couldn’t be more obsessed with their album, The Balcony. However, this will be an exciting performance for everyone as they will also be returning with a new album! So far, its looking good, with a truly amazing new song ‘Soundcheck’. Jake Bugg is yet another artist returning with new material following his newest single ‘On my one’. I could go on forever, I am so excite by this lineup, it is almost perfect! Other artists include James Bay, Tom Odell, Jack Garratt, Blossoms and Kaiser Chiefs. All of which, I highly recommend you have a listen to if you haven’t yet done so. The rest of the list is absolutely thriving with incredible artists and bands, which you can view on the T in the Park website.