Considering this was their first outing at T in the Park, Fatherson drew an impressively large crowd, near enough filling King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent. The band seemed surprised and grateful for the level of support from the crowd, who were definitely not just there to avoid the rain, singing along to almost every word. This Scottish band are becoming well known in this their home country, and look set for bigger things very soon.
A huge crowd flocked to see George Ezra, packing out King Tut’s before the singer even came onstage. It was a mistake to play his most famous track, Budapest, second last; this was apparently what most people were waiting for, as most left during his last song.
The Stand Comedy Club, usually based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle, makes an effort to showcase Scottish talent at T in the Park. Thanks to the rain, the tent was fairly full and the atmosphere was lively. All the comics I saw went for the Scottish angle for their routine, perhaps unsurprisingly. Particularly Scottish issues made light of included the imminent Commonwealth Games and Edinburgh trams. The Independence Referendum was raised more than once, proving that there is room for debating the issue in all spheres, and that it is never far from a Scot’s mind.
Always a favourite, Paolo Nutini performed a stunning set on the main stage which included a cover of Chvrches’ Recover. In the past Paolo has said that T in the Park is his favourite festival, and it’s easy to see why. The atmosphere was electric, the crowd taking the tune and leaving Paolo free to play around with the harmony. He finished with a stripped back version of Last Request, kneeling to the crowd before he left. Shout out to Margie, the 50 year old lady trying to matchmake me with all the eligible bachelors around us.
It was hard for festival goers to resist the pull of Calvin Harris’s massive main stage performance for which he was joined by Will Smith, meaning Elbow played to a much more intimate crowd than they would usually draw. The average age of the crowd was, unsurprisingly, fairly high for T in the Park. Even Guy Garvey was playing the caring dad, asking the crowd if they were warm enough between songs and suggesting we play a board game. A beautiful set, which up against a different main stage headliner would have got the crowd it deserved.