T In The Park 2011 - Friday

It's dry!
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Well, nobody gets it right 100% of the time.

Forecasts of torrential rain turned out to be completely incorrect, with T In The Park enjoying warm – albeit overcast – weather throughout its opening day. 80s rockers Big Country are first on the Main Stage, gathering a bemused mixture of middle aged fans and youngsters seeking some musical thrills. Far from a polished performance, it is an awkward start to a day which promises much.

Kassidy play the NME / Radio 1 stage, sparking the first bizarre scheduling moment of the day. The Glasgow four piece watched their debut album get pulled to pieces in the weekly magazine, yet find themselves opening the NME Stage at T In The Park. Drawing a healthy crowd, the band will no doubt feel pleased with a tight, energetic show.

Dundonian rascals The View are tightened by a year of near constant touring, and can approach the festival season with plenty of confidence. Not that the band ever lacked that – opening with a flurry of singles their performance on the Main Stage is a real highlight. Throwing in a few fan favourites, ‘Face For Radio’ turns into the first singalong of the weekend.

The T In The Park site has been adjusted this year, giving it a slightly more intimate feel. Sure, there are still 80,000 music fans here but the trek to the Red Bull Stage for Miles Kane doesn’t seem as leg breaking as last year. The Scouse songbird delivered his solo album earlier this year, a well put together piece of indie songcraft. Somehow left feeling flat, those perceptions are turned on their head with a fantastic performance at Balado.

Drawing on his solo album, the Liverpool singer throws himself into the set pushing the packed tent further and further. Future single ‘Inhaler’ prompts the biggest cheer but a cheeky cover of the Beatles classic ‘Hey Bulldog’ leaves the ClashMusic team smiling.
Having spent 50 years in the public gaze you could forgive Tom Jones for slowing down. Turning his age to his advantage, the Welsh crooner opens a dynamic Main Stage set with a run of gospel favourites. Paying tribute to Elvis Presley, the rendition of ‘Run On’ is certainly faithful to the tradition. With knickers at the ready the crowd finally got what they wanted with a few of the old classics – ‘Green, Green Grass Of Home’ followed by an epic ‘Delilah’.

Arctic Monkeys have nothing to prove. Four albums have demonstrated their songwriting prowess, with recent effort ‘Suck It And See’ delighting fans earlier this year. Emerging to an enormous cheer, the Sheffield band bounced straight into ‘Library Pictures’. A showcase of sorts for their new album, the group toss in a couple of old favourites to get the party going. Paying tribute to the Balado crowd, Alex Turner signs off with ‘When The Sun Goes Down’. Begged to return, Arctic Monkeys sprint back onstage for a quick duet with “our best friend, and best dress friend” Miles Kane before disappearing into the night.

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