T In The Park 2011 - Saturday - A Review In Pictures - Balado Park, Kinross
Scotland's T In The Park Festival takes place in Balado. The event has been running since 1994 and celebrated its 18th birthday in style with three days of music, headlined by Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Foo Fighters.
My Saturdays at "T" are usually full on affairs and 2011's event was no exception as I tried to gorge on as many bands as I could for the majority of the day, starting with US indie kids Grouplove over on the King Tut's stage. It was a great choice to kick off my Saturday as the band are exuberant performers, coming across as a slightly cheerier Arcade Fire at times!
The afternoon actually delivered my day's highlights as I was also impressed by US electro rockers Neon Trees, the slightly saucy Her Majesty And The Wolves, fronted by ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and rap collective Odd Future, who amused with their onstage antics, including water fights with the crowd, a battle they could never win, leading to them calling it a day long before their set was meant to finish!
The evening also offered a few decent moments, especially with electronic duo Crystal Castles letting photographers shoot from the side of King Tut's stage so we could capture lead singer Alice Glass's trip out into the audience. CC are a band I find extremerly hard to enjoy musically but they're always good fun to shoot as Alice throws herself into her performance.
Even though Coldplay were headlining the main stage the biggest draw of the day seemed to be Miss Beyonce Knowles. Sadly no photographers were officially allowed to shoot the event which was a real disappointment as there were no restrictions in place when she played Glastonbury a couple of weeks earlier. I'm sure some snappers sneaked their way into the audience to fire off a few shots using extremely long lenses but I'm far too lazy to indulge in such subterfuge so I moped along to the NME stage to shoot The Strokes at the same time, who were okay but didn't have that Beyonce sparkle!
My Saturday at "T" ended back at the King Tut's stage, partying like it was 1991 alongside a capacity crowd as Bobby Gillespie led the rest of Primal Scream through their seminal album Screamadelica, starting with album opener "Movin On Up", embedding the song in my head for the rest of evening long after the band had finished their set.
Her Majesty And The Wolves
Jenny And Johnny