Pharrell Williams and Elbow were also among those to play notable sets during the day
Calvin Harris played a hugely well-attended headline set at day two of Scotland’s T in the Park last night (July 12), drawing easily the biggest crowd of the weekend so far to his 11.30pm main stage slot.
Before Harris entered, American actor and musician Will Smith took to the stage to introduce him to wild applause from the audience. “I said to Calvin Harris, I have two weeks free and I want an experience,” began Smith. “Calvin said, ‘Come home with me, come to Scotland… Ladies and gentlemen – Scotland’s own Calvin Harris!”
Harris then entered the stage for his set, which featured a host of elaborate light shows and a near-constant stream of lasers and smoke plumes. Playing the likes of Rihanna collaboration ‘We Found Love’, John Newman’s ‘Love Me Again’, The Killers’ ‘When You Were Young’ and ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ by Fatboy Slim alongside his own material, Harris had the enormous crowd dancing throughout.
Near the end of the set, the lights dimmed and the DJ declared, “T in the Park, I brought Will Smith here so I could see a real Scottish reaction. I want to see you jump up and down for Will Smith”. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star then re-entered as a host of fireworks went off and encouraged the crowd to cheer and “give it up for Calvin Harris” before the pair left the stage.
Earlier on the same stage, Pharrell Williams made a rare UK festival appearance, bringing out a huge array of hits for one of the most crowd-pleasing sets of the festival despite the constant downpour.
Decked in a hat similar to the singer’s famous Vivienne Westwood number, Williams entered backed by a host of dancers to Daft Punk collaboration ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’, before continuing with ‘Come And Get It Bae’. Stating that he was gonna “take it back a little bit,” he then continued with old track ‘Frontin’. Declaring that he “can’t believe you guys are still sticking it through the rain – it’s official, you guys are here to party”, Williams then went into a medley of songs he’d co-written including Nelly’s ‘Hot In Herre’, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Like I Love You’ and Jay-Z’s ‘I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) ‘ before going into a run of N.E.R.D tracks including ‘Rockstar’, ‘Lapdance’ and ‘She Wants To Move’.
Saying that “the relentless Scottish spirit has driven the rain away” despite it still raining, Pharrell then continued with a crowd-pleasing run of ‘Hollaback Girl’, ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Get Lucky’. Williams then introduced Tiki to the stage – a woman who had recently beat cancer. Stating that “this is what bravery sounds like”, before somewhat contentiously shouting “two hands in the air for remission”, the singer then finished with ‘Happy’.
‘Lose Yourself To Dance’
‘Come Get It Bae’
‘Hot In Herre/ Like I Love You/ I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)’ medley’
‘She Wants To Move’
‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’
Elbow played a surprisingly poorly attended headline set on the Radio One stage, drawing a small crowd and going against Calvin Harris’ main stage slot. Despite the minimal attendance, however, singer Guy Garvey was in high spirits, praising “Scotland the brave” for sticking it through the day’s constant rain and joking about a lone inflatable bobbing through the crowd: “A solitary balloon… is there anything sadder?” Playing the likes of ‘New York Morning’ and ‘Grounds For Divorce’, the band finished with a rousing ‘One Day Like This’ before exiting.
Earlier on the same stage, Bombay Bicycle Club also drew a smaller crowd than usual, but kept everyone onside and dancing throughout. ‘Shuffle’, old single ‘Always Like This’ and upbeat closer ‘Carry Me’ proved the biggest set highlights, while Indian-influenced track ‘Feel’ was introduced by singer Jack Steadman as an invitation to “have ourselves a dance party in here”.
Over on the BBC Introducing stage, meanwhile. The Amazing Snakeheads played one of their first shows since the departure of founder members William Coombe and Jordan Hutchinson. With only frontman Dale Barclay remaining from the original group, the singer was now joined by a new bassist and drummer alongside a woman on extra percussion. The line up also featured a revolving stream of extra female backing singers and a saxophone player, as Barclay – topless – channeled through tracks from debut ‘Amphetamine Ballads’.
T In The Park continues today (July 13) with a headline set from Arctic Monkeys alongside performances from Kaiser Chiefs, Jake Bugg and London Grammar among others.