Fireworks, glitter, a new song and a Bowie tribute send punters at the Scottish festival wild...

THE DARKNESS paid tribute to DAVID BOWIE during tonight’s (July 10) headline slot at T IN THE PARK – telling “the great man to get well soon”, as they left the stage in explosive style.

The band, first on Sunday’s bill at last year’s event, ripped through a greatest hits set before a huge crowd in Balado, near Kinross.

The Darkness were moved up to headliners, with The Charlatans filling in below, after Bowie pulled out for health reasons.

Justin Hawkins asked the crowd: “Do you remember last year, not 12 months ago, we were here opening on Sunday morning? Was anyone here that day? Our album went into the chart at Number Two.” The Scots fans who have followed them since then in growing numbers went wild.

They played a new song titled ‘Hazel Eyes’ which Justin said was about “Scottish fisherwomen”, and then launched into ’I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ before leaving for the encore.

The group returned on stage with Justin clad in a stripey catsuit, – the third and final costume change – and played their cover of Radiohead’s ’Street Spirit (Fade Out)’.

Bassist Frankie Poullain started playing a penny whistle, and egging on the audience, then a fully kilted pipe band took the stage before they launched into ’Love On The Rocks (With No Ice)’.

The sky then erupted in fireworks and the stage was showered with glitter, as they brought the first night of T to a storming close.