Festival Preview: T In The Park


T In The Park is often forgotten about in the world of festivals, mainly because festivals are on the whole – weather dependant. Festivals in England run the risk of a wash out, let alone those in Scotland and that’s often why it’s slept upon, as well as this, who can really be bothered to treck on all the way up north? Despite this, it can’t be sniffed at in terms of a lineup, last year’s bill was something special and there was something for everyone, this year’s lineup is just as exciting.

T In The Park’s 2014 headliners aren’t all that in my eyes. If I was writing the bill, for one, Pharrell Williams is bigger than Paulo Nutini, and since when is Ed Sheeran a headline act? Regardless, you can’t go wrong with Arctic Monkeys to end the weekend, I guess Calvin Harris would be alright, but having seen him in one of the biggest clubs in the world in Magaluf last year, ultimately, he was shit.

There’s a fair amount of rock music at T In The Park this year, Imagine Dragons and Pixies bring their heavy hitting rock to friday night, backed up with the cult stylings of The Manic Street Preachers, as well as the indie/pop talents of Haim. Oldies The Stranglers, The Human League and Elbow bless the stages on saturday and on sunday you can look forward to the likes of the legendary Paul Weller, the familiar Franz Ferdinand as well as the Kaiser Chiefs and Reverend and The Makers.

On offer this year at T In The Park are a few decent acts, but luckily for me they’re two of my favourites right now; Chance The Rapper and Earl Sweatshirt. Other than the two of them, there’s Tinie Tempah who’s more of a pop star, but still would be entertaining, but that’s about it for Hip-Hop/Rap. A little disappointing considering last year had Snoop Dogg, Dizzee Rascal, King Kendrick Lamar andTyler, The Creator.

Alesso, DJ Fresh, Pretty Lights, Steve Angello, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Wilkinson, are just a few names at T In The Park this year and as you can see it’s brimming with talent, it’s more situated to mainstream EDM and the pop/dance stylings of Calvin Harris, so not everyone will be happy with the selection, but the majority can look forward to the genres covered by these artists.

Again, there’s a good selection on offer from the more widely known Kodaline and Bombay Bicycle Club to the quietly brilliant London Grammar. Further highlights of the indie genre include Ben Howard, Twenty One Pilots Wolf Alice, anyone looking to discover tomorrow’s stars will be able to do exactly that at T In The Park this year.

So many acts nowadays can branch into pop and as such most festivals cover the genre well, and T In The Park is no exception. Back with their new found following, The 1975 play yet another UK festival this year, Jake Bugg and Ed Sheeran will look to bless the crowds with their acoustic twangs as well as the incredible Ellie Goulding bringing her high octane performances to Scotland.

T In The Park’s 2014 lineup is just about as varied as they come, covering every genre considerably, near enough everyone’s musical tastes should be covered. Personally, a big rap star and another pioneer of electro/dubstep would top it all off but other than that I can’t really fault it. So far, one of the best lineups this year.

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