Charli XCX opened the main stage for T in the Park 2014 in glorious sunshine, and certainly seemed to enjoy her short set. She played a number of her own tracks, but the crowd really went wild for her collaborations, which are a lot more well known than she is herself. Having written Icona Pop’s I Don’t Care, the theme to last summer, and most recently working with Iggy Azalea on Fancy, Charli XCX is a hit maker on the rise.
An energetic performance from the Haim sisters, but you would expect nothing less. Their set is never boring thanks to their ability to chop and change between instruments at will, and they seemed genuinely delighted to be here in the Scottish sunshine. A stunning cover of Beyonce’s XO, which they first performed for Radio 1’s Live Lounge earlier this year, made it into the set, which was rounded off with tribal drumming demonstrating the band’s apparently boundless energy.
There is such a huge amount of power in Ellie Goulding’s live shows that she projects this energy to the crowd. Goulding leaps about the stage, furiously dancing and playing guitar, and still has breath to sing, the crowd joining her for popular numbers I Need Your Love and Burn. It may feel a long way from where she started with twinkling Starry Eyed, but Goulding’s liveliness certainly worked for the T in the Park crowd today.
So much more than a singer songwriter, with his loop pedal Ed Sheeran becomes a one man band for the modern world, allowing him to showcase all of his talents simultaneously. There is a genuine warmth to Sheeran’s performance that means lyrics which could be twee in the hands of another artist never come across this way. Instead he is loveable with a hint of grit, at ease chatting with the crowd. Ending with new single, the insanely catchy Sing, means that Sheeran’s show will not be forgotten easily.
Biffy Clyro’s 10th outing at T in the Park makes them both the band to play the festival the most times, and the first Scottish act to close the main stage in 13 years. And they certainly don’t disappoint. Their show bids a fiery farewell to Balado, bursts of fire lighting up the sky behind them. Crowd pleasers Biblical and Who’s Got a Match? inevitably get an incredible reaction, but the crowd are with Biffy throughout the set, and the band seem characteristically energised by playing to such a reception.
Lights, Camera, Action! was the theme of this year’s Fancy Dress Friday, and as usual festival goers rose to the occasion, with the stars of the big and small screens, from Walter White to Captain Jack Sparrow, turning up at Balado airfield. Video highlights to follow.