The Sheffield quartet were the last band to headline the festival at its current Balado Park location
Arctic Monkeys headlined the final night of T in the Park last night (July 13), restarting the first song of their encore to time in with Disclosure’s set on the Radio One stage.
Emerging on his own after the main body of the band’s set, frontman Alex Turner went to start an acoustic rendition of ‘A Certain Romance’ but briefly stopped because the sound of Disclosure’s simultaneous headline was so audible. Declaring, “I might as well play to the rhythm of them,” Turner then restarted a sing-a-long version of the track and then pumped his fist to the Lawrence brothers as the track finished.
Earlier in the set, the band emerged dressed in black with the ‘AM’ sound waves lit up behind them for their 90-minute headline. Kicking off with now-customary set opener ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, the group continued with two more tracks from their current release – ‘Snap Out Of It’ and ‘Arabella’ – before going into their back catalogue for ‘Brianstorm’ and ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’.
Addressing the crowd properly for the first time, Turner stated, “They’ve told me it’s the last time they’re gonna do this in this enclosure so we’re gonna do it right”. The statement was in reference to the fact that next year, T in the Park will move from its current location in Kinross-shire’s Balado Park to Strathallan Castle in Perthshire. They then continued with old track ‘Dancing Shoes ‘as well as ‘Crying Lightning’, ‘Knee Socks’ and ‘My Propeller’.
Talking to the huge crowd again, Turner then joked, “I had a dream about you last night, T in the Park. In the dream I told you that I had a dream about you and then this happened,” before launching into a rousing ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’. Continuing with an acoustic ‘No. 1 Party Anthem’ and ‘She’s Thunderstorms’, Turner then dedicated ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ to “that booty call you probably can’t make tonight because you don’t have any signal” before finishing with ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ and ‘505’.
Following ‘A Certain Romance’, Arctic Monkeys completed the encore with ‘AM’ tracks ‘One For The Road’, ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ and ‘R U Mine?’ before exiting to huge applause.
Arctic Monkeys played:
‘Do I Wanna Know?’
‘Snap Out Of It’
‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘No 1 Party Anthem’
‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
‘A Certain Romance’
‘One For The Road’
‘I Wanna Be Yours’
‘R U Mine?’
Earlier in the evening, Franz Ferdinand received one of the most enthusiastic crowds of the whole festival for their mid-evening slot on King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut stage. Packing the tent out to the edge, the Scottish band revved up their home-country crowd with a comprehensive run through their decade-long canon, beginning with ‘No You Girls’ and a buoyant ‘Dark Of The Matinee’. Repeatedly referencing being in Scotland, singer Alex Kapranos went on to change the lyrics to ‘Do You Wanna’ to mention Balado Park, while debut single ‘Take Me Out’ provided the biggest sing-a-long of the day.
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Tame Impala played to a smaller but attentive crowd on the same stage earlier that day, bringing out tracks taken from both ‘Innerspeaker’ and ‘Lonerism’ and referencing Arctic Monkeys – who they supported in Finsbury Park earlier this year – by playing the bass riff of ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ before kicking into ‘Elephant’. Kevin Parker also declared they should “give it up for the sun” after marvelling that he actually managed to get a suntan in Scotland, despite hailing from Australia.
Earlier in the day Kaiser Chiefs pulled the biggest crowd of the festival until that point on the main stage, drawing in an enormous group to their sun-drenched mid-afternoon spot. Running up and down the stage, climbing into the crowd, addressing the cameras and talking to the audience, frontman Ricky Wilson was on buoyant form while the likes of ‘Ruby’, ‘Oh My God’ and ‘The Angry Mob’ were greeted with cheers. Following a crowd-pleasing ‘I Predict A Riot’, Wilson also jokingly addressed the crowd stating, “Scotland you’re the best, followed by Portugal, followed by… Rio, that’s pretty good too.”
Chvrches played a last minute extra set on the Radio One stage after London Grammar were forced to pull out due to singer Hannah Reid losing her voice. The Glaswegian trio had previously played a successful slot on the Friday afternoon as well as a secret show earlier on Sunday. Chance the Rapper also pulled out of the day’s events.
Elsewhere on the site saw performances from Jake Bugg, who took to the main stage directly before Arctic Monkeys, playing a sedate set drawing from both his albums to date, as well as Metronomy, Paul Weller and Slaves among others.
T in the Park will return next year at its new location of Strathallan Castle.