There was a certain arrogance about Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs’ performance, on top of which he had requested that no photographers be allowed in the pit during their set. Considering his recent appearance on The Voice to raise his profile for the new album, turning down the free publicity seems like an odd decision. Nevertheless, a very active show, Wilson running up and down the stage and jumping into the crowd. Classics Ruby and The Angry Mob were much better received than their new material, but still a warm reception from the crowd in the Balado sunshine.
An enormous crowd flocked to see Bastille, who seemed constantly overwhelmed by the attention they received. Dan, the front man, can best be described as very sweet, coming down into the pit to engage with the audience and repeatedly thanking them, as if he expected them not to clap and sing. A dynamic set from the 2014 British Breakthrough Act Brit Award winners whose fame has grown much faster than their egos, including crowd favourite, their cover Of the Night.
Higher up the bill in the T Break stage than he was two years ago, King Charles played to an almost full tent. A short set, but one that included favourites Bam Bam and Lady Percy. I spotted a few King Charles t shirts in the crowd, and even the people not singing along were dancing away. The dreadlocks were unleashed towards the end, and after finishing with Mississippi Isabel, King Charles seemed delighted at the T in the Park response.
A simple performance as ever from Jake Bugg, who only two years ago was playing the T Break stage, and this year subheadlined the main stage. The crowd were mostly engaged with his bluesy set, but his very minimalist attitude to showmanship seemed to leave a few people slightly bored. A gorgeous set from the nineteen year old, and I appreciate that his simplicity is part of his charm, but having only said about 10 words to the audience throughout the set, I can’t help but feel that he may need to work on his presentation before he can make the move to headline act.
A confident set from Arctic Monkeys, as they become the last band ever to close the main stage at Balado airfield. The set list was AM heavy, with the four singles Do I Wanna Know?, R U Mine?, One for the Road and Arabella, but included old favourites Brianstorm and Dancing Shoes. The crowd was typically laddy, and at one point about 200 people got pushed over with a few being carried out injured. The band came back for an encore including an acoustic solo version of Certain Romance from Turner, followed by Flower of Scotland and fireworks. A fitting farewell to Balado, and one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.