Early afternoon on day two of T In The Park 2016, and TV talent show vibes takeover King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent. Stevie McCrorie, winner of the 2015 series of The Voice, takes to the stage as coach Ricky Wilson proudly watches from the wings. T In The Park.
Speaking after his set, Stevie couldn’t contain his joy at opening the stage: It can be hard going when you’re first on, and the capacity of that tent is massive, but it was a good amount of people there. And I’m proud of that.
It was a sentiment being echoed across the T site all day, as festival-goers cheerfully defied the elements and enjoyed a host of top bands at the heights of their powers. Catfish & The Bottlemen were in roaring form on the Radio 1 Stage. Singer Van McCann is a natural born rock star, leading a band surely destined for headliner status.
Also headed for the top spot, it seems, are Bastille. With comeback single Good Grief already a streaming smash, and their winter UK arena tour a near immediate sell-out, T In The Parkers had the privilege of hearing the band unveiling a bunch of tracks from their upcoming second album Wild World.
Speaking backstage, lead singer (and birthday boy) Dan Smith enthused: We’ve just put our arena tour on sale – these size of venues are incomprehensible to us; we don’t feel like an arena band – so it’s really nice having shows like T this summer.
Jack Garratt was also around to comment on his rise: I’ve never played at T before, and this year I’m starting to play main stages. I’ve only been onsite a little while but everyone has been really attentive and really lovely. T is definitely one of the nicer backstage vibes that I’ve ever experienced. It’s great to be hanging out with the people who are playing on the same stage.
Sunday at T In The Park welcomed more of our favourite emerging UK artists onto bigger stages for the first time in their careers.
Speaking backstage, Tom and Joe from Blossoms explained: Playing here last year was the first proper festival we did… This year has been even more crazy. We’re a better band this year. Today Charlemagne, our big tune, got an incredible reaction. It’s everything an up-and-coming band could want.
James Bay might have established himself as a superstar, but he’s not getting too comfortable: This is my third year in a row at T in the Park, it’s great to be back this year too because I’m a competitive person, so to conquer a bigger crowd is a wonderful feeling which spurs me on.