The promised fireworks duly arrived, but more of Ian Brown later… Day 2 was blazingly hot, the crowd a touch mellower with the overindulgence of Saturday proving hard to shift.
Soothing vibes couldbe found in the Slam tent, where Silicone Soul had warmed the crowd up on day one, Butch Cassidy Sound System offered chilled funk and dub to theearly starters.
On the main stage meanwhile were Athlete, the breezy El Salvador drifting across the field. Everywhere you looked the vibe was positive, peacefuland beer soaked, with humour in abundance – the sight in the Ceilidh tent of eight Scots purporting to be the Bay City Rollers fan club was something to behold!
From the ridiculous to Snoop Dogg, then, and a chance to remember his muthaf***ing name! Trading middle finger salutes with the crowd, he funked out with The Next Episode and Drop It Like It’s Hot testing the lower end of the sound system.
At this point there was a huge exodus to the NME stage and the Kaiser Chiefs, cementing their live reputation with taut renditions of Everyday I Love You Less And Less and the rabble-rousing I Predict A Riot. As the crush became uncomfortable it was back to the mainstage, where Queens Of The Stone Age were on. Josh Homme and co. made the loudest noise so far, tearing through Feel Good Hit Of The Summer and delivering a moving version of No One Knows.
Next up, Travis, home again and ready for their adoring public. Their music was transformed from overplayed radio fodder, with Fran Healy in his element as he led the crowd in Sing, Side, and All I Wanna Do Is Rock. Even Flowers In The Window took on a far greater standing, and as Healy crowd surfed at the end, the band had pulled off one of the surprise hits of the festival.
And so to Ian Brown, drunk and spoiling for a fight in the King Tut’s tent. As at Glastonbury, he opened with I Wanna Be Adored, the crowd even singing the guitar lines, and followed with a brief cameo from a highland piper at the start of Made Of Stone. Then the rot set in, Brown stopping to complain about his monitors. A delirious Waterfall ensued, but all were confused again as he upended four monitors into the pit at the front of the stage and tried to do the same with the speaker stack. As he stalked off stage half the audience left, the remainder showing their displeasure with the aid of a bottle or two. Bizarrely he returned for a three minute drum solo before the band made an apologetic reappearance for She Bangs The Drums and F.E.A.R, amongst others. It was a performance that harked back to his Late Show antics, and Brown rightly got short shrift from the audience.
Then it was outside for the real fireworks, with this weekend unequivocally regarded as the best T In The Park yet. With no Glastonbury next year, the festival is now right at the top of the list as an unmissable event.