By Euan Leopold
1. All the beer sold at T in the Park is brewed just 36 hours before the festival, brought 44 miles to site from Tennents Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow. More than 3 million pints of lager have been consumed at the festival since 1994. This year Tennents offer a click and collect service for savvy campers not wishing to carry a case of beers all the way to Balado with their tent.
2. This year T in the Park will start earlier and end later each day of the festival. T in the Park was granted a late music license for 2014 which allows the music to continue until 1am instead of 12am like previous years. Music on Friday also starts earlier this year, with the arena opening at lunch time instead of the regular 5pm start.
3. This will be the last time the festival is held at its current location in Balado. Due to the Forties pipeline system issue involving gas pipes that run underneath the field. From 2015 onwards the festival will be held at Strathallan Castle, Strathallan, Perthshire.
4. Robbie Williams turned up to the first T – not to sing, but to play football. Perhaps with the Gallagher brothers whose band Oasis were well on their way to superstardom that year, playing the King Tuts stage after being discovered by Creation Records, Alan McGee at the Glasgow venue that gave the stage its name. Dizzee Rascal and Snoop Dogg played crazy golf and basketball before going on in 2005, while Nicole Appleton challenged Bobby Gillespie to a dance-off in the same year. There’s always plenty to keep you occupied at T.
5. Each year the festival site temporarily becomes the equivalent of Paisley in terms of population. Over the weekend 85,000 fans are expected to attend on each day – 70,000 of which will be camping over the weekend.
6. T in the Park is now four times the original size when launched – the first one, held in Strathclyde Country Park back in 1994 had capacity for 17,000 on each of the two days.
7. The festival’s overall worth to Scotland in 2011, in terms of combined economic and media impact, was estimated at more than £40 million, compared with the previous figure of £18m in 2005. The festival’s economic impact on Scotland is now thought to run to £10m every year.
8. Over 2.5 million tickets have been sold for T in the Park since the festival began 21 years ago.
9. T in the Park is always full of surprises. Paolo Nutini performed to shocked fans on the T Break stage in 2008 under the name Snake Derrick. In 1996, the late great Joe Strummer busked in the campsite.
10. Biffy Clyro make their first ever appearance at T in the Park this weekend as headliners. The band have played the festival a total of 10 times starting with their first appearance as an unsigned band on the T break stage in 1999. Their set on Friday night will make them the band that has played more at T in the Park than any other.
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