This weekend the little village of Balado in Perth and Kinross becomes the fifth largest city in Scotland as thousands gather for the annual T in the Park music festival. 85,000 are expected to attend to see headline acts including Beyonce, Coldplay, Manic Street Preachers, the Foo Fighters, KT Tunstall and Calvin Harris as well as some 200 other bands who will perform on the festival’s 11 stages over the coming days.
The event began in the late summer sun, veteran Tom Jones won the crowd’s hearts with his performance on the main stage, followed later in the evening by headline act the Arctic Monkeys. Unfortunately the weather over the following days is predicted to be atrocious, and those camping at the sight have been warned to arrive well prepared for wet weather. The forecast for today (Saturday) is cloudy with sunny spells, rain is predicted for the evening, increasing in intensity on Sunday.
Festival-goers have been urged to ‘PartyHardStaySafe’, the slogan of a summer alcohol awareness campaign launched by Perth and Kinross Focus on Alcohol to coincide with the festival. A sub-group of the Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) in Perth and Kinross, the organisation is using volunteers and social media to get the message of safety across to festival-goers. The group’s safety information can be downloaded here.
Police have warned festival goers to avoid the temptation to bring drugs to the event. A spokesman for Tayside Police said: “Our officers will take action against anyone we suspect of dealing or using illegal drugs at T in the Park or anywhere else.” This year police officers are especially worried about a batch of ecstasy in circulation, which has already been blamed for causing at least two deaths in recent weeks.