Excitement brewing over Balado’s last ‘T’

The Arctic Monkeys will be the last band ever to headline T in the Park at Balado
The Arctic Monkeys will be the last band ever to headline T in the Park at Balado

Thousands of music fans will descend on Balado in Kinross-shire next week for the very last time as T in the Park celebrates its 20th aniversary.

Scotland’s biggest music festival is controversially moving some 20 miles away to Strathallan Estate in Perthshire next year as a result of pressure from the Health and Safety Executive amid fears about the safety of the North Sea oil pipeline that runs underneath the Balado site.

This will be the 18th year ‘T’ has been held in Kinross-shire and it promises to go out on a high.

Festival-goers will begin arriving on Thursday evening to see a stellar weekend line-up of more than 200 acts.

To whet their appetite, the first evening will include performances by Drums of Death and Mia Dora.

They will be followed on Friday night by headliners Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro and Ellie Goulding on the main stage and the Manic Street Preachers in King Tut’s Tent.

Then on Saturday the main stage acts include Paolo Nutini, Calvin Harris and Pharrell Williams, with Elbow, John Newman, Ben Howard and the Human League providing the entertainment elsewhere.

Sunday is certain to be an emotional occasion as Balado Airfield rocks for the final time.

The Arctic Monkeys have the honour of playing the festival out, headlining a day of performances by Jake Bugg, Paul Weller, Bastille, Kaiser Chiefs, Example, Franz Ferdinand , Passenger and many more.

Although ‘T’ is a sell-out, there are always last-minute tickets to be had by checking ads in local shop windows and newspapers.