NO MUDBATH FOR T?

Despite rain throughout the day, organisers of T In The Park are confident that there will be no mudbath...

Despite virtually constant rain throughout the afternoon on the first day of T In The Park at BALADO in PERTHSHIRE, SCOTLAND yesterday (July 8), organisers say they are confident that the site will not descend into a mudbath.

A spokesperson for promoters DF Concerts said that a new, tougher type of grass had been planted at the site earlier in the year and additional measures such as extra netting had been put in place to avoid problems if the weather turned wet. “The ground has stayed firm and we are very pleased with it so far,” they added.

And although the temperature struggled to get into double figures at times through the afternoon, organisers report no problems so far with festival-goers.

The spokesperson said: “Everyone has arrived well-prepared and we have had no real problems. Conditions are going to be the same tomorrow, so we would advise anyone coming to bring plenty of clothes for wet weather and cold.”

So far, Tayside Police have apprehended 26 people at the festival site, many drug-related. There were several thefts, but Chief Inspector Bob Main said: “We are very happy with the way things are going so far, everyone is well-behaved and there is a good party atmosphere.”

The hospital tent has dealt with 112 people, 99 of whom were treated and discharged. Thirteen were transferredto Perth Royal Infirmary, but none are thought to be serious.

In other festival news, Iggy Pop, who plays the main stage on Sunday, has specially requested that original Scottish works of art be placed in his dressing room. Three paintings by 45-year-old Glasgow silk-screen artist Willie Owens have been installed in his dressing room.