Of all of the UK Summer festivals, none are rivalled in big field sing-a-longs, thousand-strong punter chants and ‘goin pure mad fir it’ as Scotland’s legendary T in the Park. So when the opportunity came up for us to cover the festival this year, we were stoked! We sent down Fly FM’s Jen Thomas and Spark FM’s Tom Glenwright to bring us interviews and thoughts from the festival this year. You can hear how they got on below and also read Jen’s review of the weekend:
T In The Park is renowned for being one of the liveliest festivals in the UK, with a friendly atmosphere and huge names every year. After relocating to Strathallan Castle in 2015, T was back bigger and better than ever (and the mud didn’t ruin the fun!).
Friday was glorious sunshine, a dance party in some rare Scottish sun to The Courteeners set was a way to start the weekend. I’m Jen Thomas from Fly FM, and I was accompanied by Spark Sunderland’s Tom Glenwright, we were fortunate enough to be representing the SRA and interviewed the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, WSTRN, Frank Turner, Rat Boy, Tom Odell, Dua Lipa, Maximo Park, Kloe, The Augustines and Fatherson.
We asked each of the artists for their festival survival tips; check out the SRA podcast for some highlights. The performance of the weekend went to Craig David, who wowed the King Tuts tent with his remixes and freestyling alongside fan favourites of Fill Me In and 7 Days, as he took to the stage alone but he had everyone dancing. Frank Turner decided that a Wall Of Death would bring down the mood, so encouraged everyone to do a Wall Of Hugs instead, splitting the crowd down the middle to then run at each other and embrace.
Fatherson’s set provided a respite from the torrential rain, but we got happily soaked while watching Jack Garratt and the Kaiser Chiefs. Despite the rivers of mud, everyone was in good spirits, with many people being covered in glitter and dancing in the rain to Calvin Harris’ set on the Saturday night.
Sunday we very nearly didn’t make it in after the car got stuck in the mud, but after unleashing my inner hulk we were freed in time to interview Dua Lipa (despite our chat being interrupted by hoovering.) Maximo Park played a storming set, and Blossoms were charming and won over a lot of new fans. LCD Soundsystem sadly played to a half empty crowd as it seemed like the majority of people had gone to watch Red Hot Chilli Peppers close the show on the mainstage, and the rain held off for them. T In The Park has a character like no other, we will definitely be back.
You can also now hear our extended podcast which features fuller interviews with WSTRN, Fatherson, Kaiser Chiefs, Kloe, Ratboy, Tom Odell, Frank Turner, Dua Lipa and Maximo Park.