17 July 2013

T in the Park 2013 Sunday review

T in the Park 2013 Sunday review

T in the Park 2013 Sunday review

Sunday at T in the Park saw the sun burning down on the Balado site once again and as it was Bastille day, what better way to celebrate than going to see Bastille on the Radio One stage.

Bastille have come along way since we saw them in a tent at 2am at Rockness last year and the amount of people coming to see them was evidence of how popular they have become. Only a short 30 minute set from the boys though, playing through the hits from the album Bad Blood, the crowd were with them all the way and if that wasn't enough, it was lead singer Dan Smith's birthday so the crowd sang Happy Birthday to him. Finishing on the obvious hit Pompeii the guys did a sweet if short set.

After throwing a tweet out as to who we should go see next we received a reply from Manchester band Hurts that they were playing in King Tuts Wah Wah tent so we headed along to see what was happening. Greeting was an elaborate stage set with keyboard players up on elevated stages and as Lead singer Adam Anderson bellowing out songs with a deep brooding vocals. The band have been likened to Depeche Mode and Human League and its easy to see why with their electro-synth, intense stage presence and heartfelt lyrics. They had pulled a good crowd too and pleasing the crowd with old and new tracks alike kept them jumping and singing along through the entire set.

The Editors have always been a favourite of mine and with them playing the Radio One stage and not having seen them before it was a win win situation and I wasn't disappointed. Playing a strong set with anthems like Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors, Munich,Bones alongside new song A Ton of Love they made sure the fans and non-fans alike got what they wanted. Its hard to take your eyes Tom Smith with his intensity and dramatic eyes bearing down on you throughout the set and you forget how many hits they have had in their career.

Speaking of forgetting how many hits a band has had, The Stereophonics, played a hit-laden set. I personally thought I only knew about 3 or 4 songs but after the first few songs, I had already heard my quota so by the time Handbag and Gladrags and Feels Like the one had come around I was surprised how many I actually knew. Not sure though, if they should have been 2nd to the headline act as they didn't come across that enthusiastic but hey maybe that was just me and the fact that I felt it a lot of old hat.

Then onto the Headliners. Not much to say about The Killers that probably hasn't already been said. They never fail to impress and Brandon Flowers' total pleasure of being on stage only adds to the crowd euphoria as they run through their gauntlet of hits kicking of with Somebody told me much to the crowds utter joy and throwing in a few covers of Tiffany's I think we are alone now and Travis' Side didn't hurt either. Leaving the stage and returning for the encore with When We Were Young rounding off with Mr Brightside had the crowd screaming the lyrics and jumping around with the last bit of energy they could muster.

The crowds dispersed as a lone piper played Happy Birthday on stage and fireworks exploded on either side of the festival rounding off a fantastic 20th Birthday at T in the Park

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