Festival organisers Big Day Out Ltd and founding partners Tennent's Lager have announced the first of the international line-up and the news on how, where and when to purchase tickets for the festival at Balado, near Kinross, Scotland....
At a packed media launch, festival organiser Geoff Ellis announced that American funk-rock heroes and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS will headline the festival on SATURDAY 8th July.
Seminal British music icons THE WHO, whose guitar legend Pete Townshend vowed to return to the festival after performing at last year's festival with Rachel Fuller, will bring the curtain down on SUNDAY 9th July.
THE hottest band on the planet right now, the record-smashing, punk-pop northerners ARCTIC MONKEYS will make a welcome debut, almost a year to the day they performed at the world famous King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow.
Leeds boys, KAISER CHIEFS who have rocketed to stardom in just 12 months and Iceland's SIGUR ROS are also confirmed. From the hometurf... legendary rockers PRIMAL SCREAM will headline the King Tut's Tent on Sunday, their 3rd visit to T in the Park. As if that ain't enough, THE ORDINARY BOYS return after Preston waxed lyrical about his love of playing to Balado.
The Slam Tent celebrates 10 years at the festival, first up announcing Chicago house impresario FELIX DA HOUSECAT on Sunday and as well of course, the SLAM boys themselves. Many many more artists will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
TICKETS go on sale this FRIDAY 17TH FEBRUARY at 9am.
Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster on 0870 169 0100 or in person at select official outlets. Remember that 20,000 of you snapped up the limited quantity of tickets that went on sale last July, a day after the 2005 event, so you'd better be quick come Friday...Please do not buy tickets from unofficial sources. Please see below for all ticket info including a list of official ticket outlets.
THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT FAST!!!!!
Day Tickets - 8th or 9th July - £56.50
Weekend Only Tickets - 8th & 9th July - £97.50
Weekend & Camping Tickets - 8th & 9th July - £115.00
ALL TICKETS GO ON SALE 17TH FEB.
BUY IN PERSON FROM THESE OFFICIAL OUTLETS...
Ticket Scotland Glasgow, 239 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL
Ticket Scotland Edinburgh, 127 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DT
Goldrush, 9 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5EN
Grouchos, 132 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4ED
Groove Records, 5 Kempock Street, Gourock PA19 1NB
Ripping, 91 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1HN
T IN THE PARK...WHO? WHAT? WHEN?...IN THE BEGINNING....
From its beginnings at Strathclyde Country Park in 1994 to what will undoubtedly be the most successful year to date, in the lush environs of Balado in 2006, T in the Park has grown in size and influence to become one of the most important and critically acclaimed music events on the international festival circuit.
Now attracting over 69,000 music fans from all over the globe each day, T in the Park is consistently a sell out success. 2005's event sold out in a record breaking four days, whilst this year's festival has already sold one third of the tickets in a staggering 4 hours when they went on sale directly after the sun had set on 2005's event.
This popularity can be attributed to the festival's unique atmosphere, the legendary Balado crowd, unrivalled the world over and an annual line-up that is one of the most exciting in the world. With over 170 artists performing across 10 stages over 2 days, T in the Park consistently attracts the finest homegrown talent such as Franz Ferdinand, Travis, KT Tunstall and Biffy Clyro mixed with major international artists like Green Day, Foo Fighters, REM, Oasis, and Radiohead.
T in the Park was established when DF Concerts, one of the UK's leading concert promoters, teamed up with Scotland's favourite pint Tennent's Lager, who had a history of supporting the Scottish live music scene in the late 1980s. DF Concerts had for some time been considering the development of Scotland's first large scale, multi-stage music event to act as an annual focal point for the music scene, and Tennent's were keen to further increase its support of live music.
The first T in the Park took place at Strathclyde Country Park in 1994, with DF Concerts teaming up with MCD Promotions of Eire to create a sister company Big Day Out to promote the event. The festival was an artistic success, and while financially it was less successful, it fired the enthusiasm of the 17,000 fans that turned up each day, and subsequent years have been greeted with ever increasing popularity and acclaim.
T in the Park's development in both size and status has allowed DF Concerts to effectively combine the creative and business elements needed to produce an event with both financial stability and music industry prestige, ensuring it attracts the very best artists to Scotland each year.
T in the Park scooped the prestigious title of Best UK Festival in 2005's industry recognised UK Festival Awards, and, testament to the excellent event management of DF Concerts, T in the Park was also afforded the title of Best Organisation and Facilities for the second year running. Tennent's Lager's commitment and successful involvement in T in the Park has yielded many awards, amongst these the prestigious Hollis Award for Sponsorship Continuity in 2003, which not only saw a fitting tribute to T in the Park's Tenth Year, but saw the event beat Nationwide (Football Association and England Team), HSBC (ITV Drama Premieres), and Ford (UEFA Champions League) for the award.
The scope of the event has increased over time with the R1/NME Stage, the Slam Tent, the X- Tent, and the Futures Stage and many other new talent and entertainment areas, including 2005's revolutionary Silent Disco joining the original Main Stage and King Tut's Wah Wah Tent.
The T Break Stage has been an essential platform for unsigned Scottish bands since its inception in 1996. Through the years the Tennent's Lager initiative has uncovered hidden musical gems such as Poor Old Ben, Unkle Bob, The Cinematics, Odean Beat Club, Grim Northern Social, Dogs Die in Hot Cars and Biffy Clyro, who went on record as saying 'T in the Park plays an important role in the development of the Scottish music scene, with the T Break Stage. We know from experience how important that is.' Along with the Ceilidh Tent, these arenas make T in the Park the only UK festival to have two stages dedicated entirely to homegrown talent.
In 1997, when the festival's original site was developed as a supermarket, Balado Activity Centre, near Kinross provided an excellent alternative at the very heart of Scotland. This relocation has made T in the Park more accessible for fans travelling from remote parts of Scotland, as well as being convenient for all major cities and other parts of the UK. This shift is now reflected in the increasingly diverse T in the Park audience, with more than 45 per cent of ticket buyers coming from out with Scotland, making the event one of the country's biggest annual tourist attractions.
Despite the large crowds that descend upon Balado each year, the event enjoys an extremely warm and positive reception from the local council and surrounding communities and recently became the only festival in the UK to have been awarded a three-year licence for the second time.
The importance of T in the Park to Scotland was recognised by the First Minister Jack McConnell who visited the event in its Tenth Year in 2003 and said: "It is great to see so many young people enjoying themselves. The festival is very valuable to the Scottish economy and it symbolises the modern Scotland we want to portray."
On-site activity at T in the Park has seen many changes over the years, with 65 per cent of the audience opting for the 'true festival experience' of camping on-site for the whole weekend, compared to just 5 per cent in 1994 - making it the largest campsite in Scotland. In addition to the diverse range of stages, tents, and other onsite entertainment, the site also boasts a funfair, global food village and a range of additional bars and entertainment.
With a third of tickets for T in the Park 2006 already sold before the line-up has even been revealed, anticipation for this year's event has never been higher. A decade of success behind it and yet another weekend of the very best music and unique atmosphere ahead, T in the Park can most definitely claim to be one of the British music industry's greatest success stories.
T in the Park: THE HIGHLIGHTS
The inaugural T in the Park. A fantastic line up, great support from the artists and an amazing reaction from the crowd. Rage Against the Machine, Bjork and Cypress Hill were on the Main stage and an incredible lineup of Blur, The Manic Street Preachers, Pulp and Oasis all packed into the King Tuts Tent. Robbie Williams turned up to hang out and play football and Oasis proclaimed that this was their best ever performance. An unknown band called Glass Onion who later changed their name to Travis - played the New Talent Stage.
Paul Weller, M People, The Verve, The Charlatans, Tricky, The Beautiful South, Cast, Supergrass and Shed Seven all performed across the stages, with a memorable appearance from Kylie Minogue who created the longest queues at the signing tent that weekend. Kermit from Black Grape performed a memorable set sitting down on the stage, after breaking his ankle earlier in the day and refusing to go to hospital.
The final year at Strathclyde Country Park and a phenomenal set from Radiohead on the Saturday evening, with performances from Alanis Morrisette, Prodigy, Foo Fighters, Beck, Leftfield and Black Grape. This was also the year that Keanu Reeves arrived on a shuttle bus to play the festival with his band Dogstar, and Joe Strummer busked in the campsite.
A move to Balado coincided with brilliant sets from Texas, Travis, Fun Lovin Criminals and Spearhead. This was The Slam Tents first year, and they presented a brilliant line up, which included Daft Punk, Green Velvet and Death In Vegas. Stereophonics and Mogwai played the King Tuts Tent.
Robbie Williams stole the show with his first official appearance at the event, but other names included Prodigy, Pulp, Beastie Boys, Ian Brown, Portishead, Natalie Imbruglia, A Tribe Called Quest, Idlewild and appearances again from Travis and Stereophonics. Fans saw extremes in the weather, with Saturday being scorching hot and Sunday seeing heavy rain. Pulps Common People provided a rousing finale to the weekend.
Blur, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Massive Attack, James, Placebo, Travis, Happy Monday, Gomez, Carl Cox, Fat Boy Slim, Fun Lovin Criminals and Faithless were amongst the names on a strong line up. The Manics made their memorable tribute to King Tuts from the Main Stage, thanking them for being the first venue to give the band hot food on tour.
A momentous occasion for Travis, who played the first T in the Park as an unsigned band and this year closed the Main Stage. Moby performed a breathtaking set, and there was strength across all stages with artists such as David Gray, Iggy Pop, Leftfield, Macy Gray and Scotlands own Lulu. This was All Saints last Scottish appearance, and once again the King Tuts stage proved its knack for spotting future stars, with relative unknowns Coldplay and Toploader performing.
This is the year that Noel Gallagher came to hang out, and ended up taking Stage Two by surprise when he joined Paul Weller for an impromptu acoustic set. Stereophonics, Texas, Beck, Coldplay, Toploader, David Gray and Placebo were on the bill, and a memorable set by The Proclaimers raised the roof on Stage Two. Stereo MCs, Nelly Furtado, Lambchop and Mull Historical Society played the King Tuts Tent.
Then virtually unknown, the Polyphonic Spree provided an opening that T in the Parkers will never forget as the 18 members took to the stage dressed in their now trademark white smocks. Nine years after playing mid bill in the King Tuts Tent, Oasis returned to headline the main stage on Saturday, while Nicole Appleton challenged Bobby Gillespie to a dance off at the side of the stage. Gwen Stefani provided haute couture glamour, while the Hives left the festival bare necked as fans scrambled to claim their famous white ties. Idlewild received a heros welcome as the crowd sang American English in perfect time and new kids on the block, The Coral and The Music performed sets that had them tipped as headliners of the future.
The event's Tenth Year saw all the elements combine to produce arguably the perfect celebrations, and everyone from Idlewild to Scotland's First Minister Jack McConnell wished T in the Park many happy returns, commenting "What an amazing event we have here; T in the Park should be used as a symbol of modern Scotland. It is great to see so many young people enjoying themselves. The festival is very valuable to the economy. I just wish I could stay until Coldplay are on." The Balado crowd enjoyed their own birthday presents as they rocked out in the X Tent, chilled out in the T Garden, and ooh-ed and aah-ed out at the closing firework display. Backstage resembled a zoo as the Super Furries and show-stealers The Flaming Lips added a little animal magic to their sets, with a host of people including Har Mar Superstar dressing up in furry costumes to form the dancing menagerie that joined Wayne Coyne and Co on the Main Stage. Appleton, Sugarbabes, Skin, and The Cardigan's Nina Persson turned the stages into catwalks, while The Darkness' spandex-clad Sunday Main Stage opening set provided the perfect beginning to the day that headliners Coldplay closed. The legendary REM's inaugural performance received a fitting T in the Park welcome, as the sounds of over 55,000 music fans singing classics like Everybody Hurts resounded across the Balado fields.
This was the biggest year for the festival yet with an increased capacity to 60,000 and a ticket sell out eleven weeks early. Just one year after opening the main stage, conquering heroes The Darkness returned to close the event after David Bowie had to pull out due to ill health. New York's finest The Strokes watched backstage in awe as the legendary Pixies received the longest ovation in the festivals' history, before going on to show that Frank Black and co had taught them well as they delivered a blisteringly cool set. Both The Killers and Kasabian performed sets that saw them tipped as huge future stars while Massive Attack reminded fans just why they are considered one of the most groundbreaking atmospheric dance acts of all time. This was also the year that Scottish bands were the must see acts of the festival. Franz Ferdinand attracted one of the biggest crowds of the weekend as they performed songs from their now platinum selling debut album, while Snow Patrol arguably delivered the event's highlight as they headlined the King Tut's Tent and performed 'Run' in perfect unison with the crowd, leading singer Gary Lightbody to shed a tear as the festival came to a close.
T in the Park's most successful year to date saw tickets sell out in a staggering four days and a further event capacity increase as totals reached 69,000 music fans per day. A newly redesigned site layout saw the festival's perimeters expand by a third as part of T in the Park's continued commitment to providing the most comfortable festival experience possible. World class and seminal headline acts took to every stage as Green Day flew the flag for the punk contingent, making three fans year as they invited them to play on stage, and the Foo Fighters rocked out in Main Stage style whilst James Brown showed fans exactly why he is hailed as the 'Godfather of Soul' with the support of a theatrical stage show. New Order played a career spanning set including Joy Division classics before declaring the Balado faithful to be 'the best audience in the world' and treating them to yet another amazing T in the Park collaboration, as they were joined onstage by Brandon Flowers of The Killers in an electrifying performance of Crystal. Scottish favourites Travis were the feel good hit of the summer whilst elsewhere, buzz band The Magic Numbers brought the X Tent down and The Futureheads got fans involved in a split crowd sing off during their cover of the iconic track 'Hounds of Love'. Backstage Dizzee Rascal and Snoop Dogg were seen indulging in a relaxing pre-set game of crazy golf and basketball under blazing sunshine. No sooner had T in the Parkers returned home, than tickets for 2006 went on sale, and surpassed everybody's expectations in selling 25,000 briefs in four hours. Like the event itself, the year finished on a resounding high as T in the Park scooped the highest festival accolade of both Best Major Festival and Best Organisation and Facilities (for the second year running) at the UK Festival Awards.