Are you ready to rock, Scotland? T in the Park ready to kick off a weekend of musical wonderment but not without a heavy police presence to cut drug use.
The sun is shining, the line-up is terrific; T In The Park 2013 is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary with thousands of fans and seven stages. Performers during the three day festival will include Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, The Killers, Ke$ha, Kendrick Lamar, Emeli Sandé, The Proclaimers, and many more massive mainstream names. The recently revived German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk will also be making their festival debut in a hotly anticipated set that is rumoured to include 3D visuals, as well as My Bloody Valentine.
Kraftwerk To Bring Their Machine-Like Electronica To T In The Park.
T must surely rival similarly huge English festivals Glastonbury and Download for the strongest line-up of the year, with Mercury Prize winning Alt-J, New York's Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Frank Ocean, Paloma Faith and Icelandic newcomers Of Monsters and Men also playing across the weekend to celebrate two decades of the Scottish event. Festival director Geoff Ellis said, according to BBC's Newsbeat, "It doesn't feel like 20 years since we started and it's a milestone." The festival, which has been held annually since 1994 has been held at Balado airfield in Kinross-shire since 1997 and now attracts 85,000 fans and 35,000 campers to the second largest greenfield event in the UK.
'Little Talks' Of Monsters And Men To Perform At T In The Park This Weekend.
However, Scottish police are currently concerned for the safety of the revellers who will be out to enjoy themselves this weekend. In recent months, fake ecstasy pills have claimed the lives of 17 young people in Scotland and Northern Ireland with police fears that the counterfeit pills, which contain deadly chemical para-Methoxyamphetamine (PMA), will find their way past T in the Park's security checks, according to The Independent. To combat the endemic drug use combined with high alcohol intake of festivals, police have launched a "drug amnesty" strategy where bins will be provided for festival-goers to dispose of any illegal substances with no questions asked. Punters are being told to look out for pills stamped with a Rolex logo in particular, but to steer clear of drugs full stop as it's not worth the risk.
If you're already there, or heading to T this weekend, be careful and text Talk To Frank's drugs advice service on 82111 if you're worried.