Meanwhile, Deap Vally experience technical difficulties during their early afternoon set
Frank Turner, Rita Ora, Bastille and Hurts were among the artists who played afternoon sets at a sun-drenched T In The Park today (July 14).
Turner drew a large crowd to the Radio 1 Stage, as his dedicated following sang back every line of his anthems. “It’s an absolute pleasure to be back in Scotland,” said the singer, as he riled up the crowd by hinting that crowds in England were livelier. Of course, his Scottish fans reacted by bursting their lungs to tracks such as ‘The Way I Tend To Be’, ‘If I Ever Stray’ and ‘I Still Believe’.
Meanwhile, playing the King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut stage shortly after gates re-opened for the final day of the Scottish festival, Deap Vally were booed after an untuned guitar forced the duo to restart ‘Creep Life’. However, the pair soon won back the crowd with a ferocious set of rock ‘n’ roll tunes, which included ‘Walk Of Shame’ and ‘End Of The World’.
Shortly after, on the Radio 1 Stage, Bastille celebrated lead singer’s Dan Smith’s birthday by getting the crowd to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him. Coincidentally, today is also the French national holiday of Bastille Day, which the band’s name is derived from. A huge crowd cheered and whooped as the London-based band played their hit tracks ‘Pompeii’ and ‘Laura Palmer’ from their UK Number One album ‘Bad Blood’.
On the Main Stage, Rita Ora had the crowd in the palm of her hands by speaking with a Scottish accent more than once during her well-received set. The ‘Hot Right Now’ singer also asked the T In The Park crowd if anyone had any Buckfast – a tonic wine popular in Scotland. Ora performed a hit-packed set of tunes, including ‘R.I.P’, ‘How We Do (Party)’ and ‘Shine Ya Light’.
Elsewhere, Hurts played an unusually early, mid-afternoon slot at the King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut stage, after choosing to switch set times with Johnny Marr. Drawing an impressive crowd from the off, the duo and their live band stormed through a selection of cuts from debut ‘Happiness’ and this year’s ‘Exile’.
Continuing the more guitar-based, heavier live sound of their recent gigs, singer Theo Hutchcraft was energetic from the off, smashing the mic stand over his knee during ‘Evelyn’ and moving around the stage throughout. Closing with old singles ‘Better Than Love’ and ‘Stay’, the singer then briefly jumped down into the pit to greet the crowd before returning for a final bow.