Noel Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines also play day two of the Balado festival
It was also the first time the original line-up of Ian Brown, John Squire, Reni and Mani had played together in Scotland since their 1990 big top gig in Glasgow Green.
Coming on stage to the now standard intro track of The Supremes’ ‘Stoned Love’, the reunited Manchester legends launched into ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Getting into their stride, they then followed the 1989 classic with ‘Mersey Paradise’ and ‘(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister’.
As the crowd began to light red flares, Mani slowly teased out the unmistakable bass line intro of ‘Fools Gold’ as thousands chanted the riff. As the track reached its feedback-heavy climax guitarist John Squire slyly dropped in a few bars of The Beatles’ ‘Day Tripper’.
During an emotional ‘This Is The One’, Brown started pointing at the crowd as if signalling out the historic importance of their set. The singer and John Squire ended the song by embracing each other with a hug. In a similar vein to last week’s triumphant Heaton Park shows, Ian Brown took aim at the Queen before the band played ‘Elizabeth, My Dear’, with the singer calling her majesty “Queen witch”.
The Stone Roses concluded their set with the traditional wig-out of ‘I Am The Resurrection’. The crowd found their voice, and the thousands singing almost drowned out the band. As the last bars faded away, the band joined together in the centre of the stage to take a bow in front of their legions of fans. “Nae bother,” said Ian Brown in a thick Scottish accent as he saluted goodbye to the crowd.
Rory MacKay, 30, Dunfermline, said: “I seem them at Heaton Park but this topped it. It was a better crowd, better atmosphere, better singing and they were a better band. I’m supposed to be working, but I sneaked off to see them. ‘I Am The Resurrection’ was superb.”
Meanwhile, Tom Wilson, 21, Jersey, enthused: “I never thought I’d see them in my lifetime. It was unbelievable. It was incredible. Absolutely amazing. The build-up to them was great, with Noel Gallagher playing just before them. I loved how they all hugged each other at the end. They really appreciate each other.”
Jo Morgan, 35, Fife, saw the band in Aberdeen shortly before they split up in 1995, she told NME: “I didn’t come to T In The Park till 8pm tonight, as I’m only here to see The Roses. It’s just no nice to see them back together on stage. Of all the bands who have reformed over the years, I never thought I’d see them.”
The Stone Roses played:
‘I Wanna Be Adored’
‘(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister’
‘Where Angels Play’
‘Shoot You Down’
‘Made Of Stone’
‘This Is The One’
‘She Bangs The Drums’
‘Elizabeth, My Dear’
‘I Am The Resurrection’
Following on from his brother Liam, who supported The Stone Roses at Heaton Park last weekend with Beady Eye, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds warmed the crowd up for tonight’s legendary headliners.
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Gallagher packed his set with crowd-pleasing favourites from his debut solo album as well as classic Oasis tracks, such as ‘Talk Tonight’, ‘Whatever’, ‘Half The World Away’ and ‘Little By Little’.
‘AKA…What A Life’ was dedicated to Manchester City supporters, with Noel goading the team’s rivals by saying manager Sir Alex Ferguson should “fuck off”. You can watch a video of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds performing ‘Dream On’ below.
But, of course, one of the biggest sing-a-longs this weekend came during his epic set-closer ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, which saw the whole crowd swaying in unison.
Alabama Shakes overcame poor weather conditions and took advantage of a busy King Tut’s tent to play tracks from their debut album ‘Boys And Girls’, including ‘Hang Loose’, ‘I Ain’t The Same’ and hit ‘Hold On’. Playing their biggest UK festival slot yet, the Alabama band were unfazed by the expectations and even slipped a new song, entitled ‘Makin’ Me Itch’, into their set.
New songs were the order of the day and The Vaccines included three new tracks in their early evening Main Stage slot. Opening with current radio hit ‘No Hope’, the band went on to play ‘Teenage Idol’ and ‘Ghost Town’ among tracks taken from 2011’s ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ You can watch a video of The Vaccines performing ‘If You Wanna’ below.
Meanwhile, Two Door Cinema Club showcased three new tracks during their mid-evening set on the Radio 1/NME stage. Of the newbies, which included ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Settle’, ‘Sleeps Alone’ was most well received.
The festival continues today with performances from Kasabian, Skrillex, The Horrors, Nicki Minaj and Elbow. To read our definitive review of this year’s festival, pick up our special T In The Park issue of NME, which is available from UK newsstands on Wednesday, July 11. T In The Park 2012 in photos.