Five of the best at T In The Park

We supped on some Buckfast and gave some thought to our top five acts at this year's festival in Perthshire.

Jimmy Coultas

Last updated: 6th Jun 2016.
Originally published: 27th May 2016

Scotland's biggest festival is back for another year (read the T in the Park Stage announcements) and never disappoints the 85,000 music fans who return summer after summer to revel in the enviable trio of headliners, undeniable party spirit and fantastic Scottish weather.

Ok so maybe the last part isn't, sadly, always applicable but the former certainly is. The Scots certainly know how to enjoy themselves and this makes T In The Park one of the wildest festivals going, often providing some of the most hilarious moments of festival season. 

See the full T in the Park line up.

T is primarily a rock festival and while others have diversified, organiser Geoff Ellis has stuck to his guns and this has seen the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro headline in recent years. And not to forget the techno extravaganza lined up in the Slam tent year upon year - watch the footage of the arena filling in seconds above.

But what about 2016? We've picked our five must see acts from this year's gatheirng...

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers will bring a taste of California to Perthshire this July as they headline the main stage on Sunday. It's been a busy few weeks for the band who have released two new tracks - 'Dark Necessities' and the title track from their forthcoming new album The Getaway. You can check out the former above.

The Chillis had to postpone two shows in mid may after singer Anthony Keidis was hospitalised after "complications from intestinal flu". Fortunately, he has made a speedy a recovery and will doubtless be on song at the Scottish festival. 

Henry Lewis

Ricardo Villalobos B2B Raresh

Ricardo Villalobos is a bit of a controversial selection for a festival pick, particularly when viewing the hate delivered his way for a set which divided opinion at last year's Cocoon in the Park (our CITP review however was 100% sold).

When he is on form though there are rarely anyone better (the above recording of him live from Fabric in 2006 is arguably one of the greatest online sets of this century), and feeding off the energy of the similarly groove focused Raresh is sure to bring out the best in him. 

Jimmy Coultas

Read Zutekh presents Ricardo Villalobos review.

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Stiff Little Fingers

King Tut's Wah Wah Tent is a blistering tour de force of nostalgia on the Saturday, with Tom Odell the only genuine contemporary offering in the final four acts that include Travis and the Bay City Rollers.

Starting that home run off is Norn Iron punk survivors Stiff Little Fingers, the ever changing troupe that still revolves around leading singer Jake Burns. Their ability to draw on the troubles in their homeland has always found an appreciative audience in Scotland, which should make for riotous scenes when they tear through classics like 'Suspect Device' and 'Alternative Ulster'.

JC

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The Last Shadow Puppets

Even if it is pissing down, expect these two to look nothing less than immaculate throughout their Saturday appearance. With an abundance of silk shirts and seduction, Alex Turner and Miles Kane have become the most iconic partnership in music of recent times following the release of the impossibly evocative Everything You've To Expect. Throw in the many gems from 2008's Age Of The Understatement and you have one of the most stylish set-lists imaginable thus making TLSP essential viewing.  

HL

Read The Last Shadow Puppets 'Everything you've come to expect' review.

LCD Soundsystem

2016 has been a good one for musical resurrections - the reformation of LCD Soundsystem being one of the most hyped and prominent, along with the reunion of The Stone Roses. Fortunately for T In The Park attendees, both are happening at the festival.

The chance to see James Murphy and co live, with renditions of tracks from Sound Of Silver along with new material isn't one to be shrugged at (just watch the performance from Glastonbury above), and for us, makes it the must see reunion of 2016.  

Becca Frankland

Read Throwback Thursday: LCD Soundsystem 'Sound Of Silver'.

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