Twenty two years after they played their final gig at Glasgow Green, the Stone Roses returned to Scotland in triumphant style on Saturday night at T in the Park.
Chants of “We’re only here for the Roses” were heard across the Balado site throughout the day with the prospect of an all too rare performance by the legendary Manchester band keeping spirits up as the festival site descended into a mud bath.
From the moment Ian, Reni, Mani and John Squire took the stage they proved they were well worth waiting for.
The crowd sang along word-for-word as the band worked their way through the songs from their much lauded 1989 debut album with the highlight being a rendition of ‘Fools Gold’ that got one of the biggest cheers of the night.
Finishing with ‘I Am The Resurrection’, the Stone Roses left the stage to a huge cheer from a crowd who had witnessed a performance that is sure to be much talked about for years to come.
With Snow Patrol headling the main stage on Friday and Kasabian topping the bill for Sunday’s finale there was no shortage of big names at this year’s event.
Elsewhere at the festival there was plenty of entertainment for the 85,000 fans who attended each day – despite the awful weather and muddy conditions that prevailed from early on Saturday.
Once again the Slam tent proved to be a popular destination despite a brief evacuation on Saturday afternoon when it was hit by flooding.
The Glasgow techno DJ’s have become adept at arranging a strong festival line-up and as always they complimented the music with strong visuals and the best sound system of any of the tents.
The NME stage suffered from being outdoor and open to the elements as punters looking for shelter headed under canvas.
Festival director Geoff Ellis praised staff and revellers for soldiering on despite the mud.
“The weather definitely brought some challenges,” he said.
“But we were prepared and our team worked extremely hard to keep things on track, which was no mean feat.
“The overwhelming response from those that were here was that, regardless of the rain, they had an absolutely amazing time, whether they saw Simple Minds or Calvin Harris.
“That’s not just down to a brilliant line-up; it’s also due to the enormous amount of planning that we undertake and the strong partnerships we have with emergency services and stewards.
“The sense of camaraderie was obvious.”
Tayside Police made 30 arrests during the festival and recorded 271 incidents, 208 of those being misuse of drugs offences.