Saturday was definitely the strongest day musically, opened by none other than the Dryburgh Soul Band, orr The View to you and I. The band have a special relationship with T. Yes they’re Cheeky For A Reason but they know how to work the home crowd and always give 110% when they’re in Balado.
A couple of acts later, as The Wailers were gearing the main-stage crowd up for a bit of reggae in the rain, the Hardest Working Band At T*(Twin Atlantic) were hanging around the media area doing their thing. Not only playing T on the Sunday, the boys had wangled their way into hosting a BBC Radio 1 show and were acting tres professional on the other side of the mic, interviewing the likes of Enter Shikari.
Meanwhile the NME Radio 1 stage was hosting all the chart acts for the afternoon, from Cover Drive to Stooshe and that shy and retiring Greek Dappy. But it was Rizzle Kicks who really made the stage their own. Performing tracks from their debut album Stereo Typical, fans old and young were dancing around without a care. Everyone well and truly got Down With The Trumpets as the duo closed on their biggest hit.
The rain cleared up just long enough to hear the beginning of The Vaccines’ usual flawless set. With each festival of 2012, their crowd grows and grows. It’s unclear whether it was intentional or not, but about four minutes after the heavens reopened, the crowd were treated to a highly appropriate rendition of Wetsuit. With almost every number chanted back to frontman Justin Young with just as much gusto as he gives, expect The Vaccines to be headliners within a couple of years.
If after The Vaccines you weren’t keen for Voice UK judge Jessie J (her double patterned denim ensemble was a bit of an eyesore) then one place you couldn’t escape to was the Slam Tent. Due to the horrendeous conditions underfoot – announcers words, not mine – the Slam Tent had to be closed for fears it was sinking into the mud.
But after that disaster, it was Noel Gallagher’s turn to take to the main stage with his High Flying Birds. Never one to underperform, Noel entertained the crowd with his usual cheeky, flirty banter while giving his new High Flying Birds efforts their first outing at T. The crowd already seemed to know hits such as next single Everybody’s On The Run, but it was the second half of the set which got the best reaction. Filled with his best Oasis numbers and accompanied by some impromptu flares from the crowd, the climax of the set involved at least 50,000 people joining Noel for a chorus of Don’t Look Back In Anger.
And then it was the Stone Roses. So many words to say but not enough. From the viewpoint of someone under 35, it was a great experience to see them play live, and especially headline at T. Though there were a few people in the crowd who had seen their recent comeback show at Heaton Park and said that the Manchester gig was far better, they did bring some magic to T. They could’ve done more, for example they missed out huge numbers like Fools Gold, and their rapport with the crowd wasn’t nearly on par with Noels. But it was one of those once-in-a-blue-moon moments, and you can’t put a price on that.
*In my opinion