The dance duo bow out with a greatest hits set in front of a rammed tent...
ORBITAL have been given a fitting send-off at their last ever gig, with the T IN THE PARK crowd turning out in such force tonight (July 11) to bid the electronic pioneers such a huge send-off that the KING TUT’S tent was closed before the band even came on stage.
The duo thrilled with a greatest hits set that was peppered with surprises, with the first half of the set featuring favourites ‘Satan’, ‘The Box’ and ‘Halcyon’, which was cut up with clips of Belinda Carlisle’s ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’, yesterday’s Main Stage headliners The Darkness’s ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ and Bon Jovi’s ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’, which got the packed tent jumping along with Orbital main men Paul and Phil Hartnoll, who are calling it a day after 15 years in the music industry.
The atmospheric and fun set was an emotional highlight for many of their Scots fans, and people who had travelled from farther afield for the festival. Ed Essex, 17, from Guildford, said he had come to T mainly for The Strokes, who will close the Main Stage shortly, but was a huge Orbital fan also. “I’m really disappointed I didn’t get into the tent, I wish I’d been in there so much, but we have a good view from here and it’s been really good. It’s such a shame they’re quitting now, but they look like they’re having a brilliant time,” he added.
The Hartnolls brought the set to fever-pitch with their remix of the ’Dr Who’ theme, then wound it up with ‘Chime’ before a clearly delighted Phil and Paul said: “Thanks, you’ve been brilliant – at our last gig, you’ve been fantastic!”