Time for T: a T In The Park 2012 preview

Our must-sees for this weekend

Time for T: a T In The Park 2012 preview

Photographer:Paul Kerr

Chris Eustace - 04 July 2012


Can you ‘Dig!’ it: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

“You broke my sitar, motherfucker!” Anyone who’s seen infamous music documentary ‘Dig!’ will know BJM, and particularly their off-the-wall frontman Anton Newcombe. He’s sober these days, so don’t go expecting some big freak out, but do go – new album ‘Aufheben’ is their best in years, full of psych-pop goodness.

New band of the day: Bwani Junction

This young Edinburgh quartet went down well at last year’s T, and they’re back this year with debut album ‘Fully Cocked’ just released. They specialise in sunny pop, like Vampire Weekend or a more upbeat Foals. You’ll want to jump about.

Returning Legends: New Order

The Roses aren’t the only Manchester luminaries on the comeback trail. Plus, when it’s a band renowned both as trailblazers in dance culture and steeped in indie folklore like New Order are, you wonder whether any band can represent the two things T does best as well as they can.

Your headliners: Snow Patrol

T In The Park has always been a home from home for Gary Lightbody and his crew, as has Scotland in general, with the Northern Irish band forming at Dundee University. You’ll be able to power the place for years to come just from the roar that will greet ‘Chasing Cars’, while new stuff from ‘Fallen Empires’ sees them gently push the envelope, albeit with one eye still firmly on getting huge crowds like the one at T to sing along.


Hip-hop hope: J Cole

With Jay-Z as his mentor, surely there’s no way J Cole can go wrong? He’s certainly more creative than most, and unafraid to deal with more complex subjects than your average rapper, ‘Lost Ones’ dealing with abortion for example. It’s the ability to mix the confessional with the celebratory that should see him follow the likes of Drake and Jay to the top of the festival bill soon enough.

New band of the day: Alt-J

Our triangle-loving heroes are having an excellent 2012, all over the airwaves and with a Top 20 album in the bag with ‘An Awesome Wave’ (Who could have predicted that?!). Now it’s time for their quivering, compelling art-rock tunes to take the festivals by storm. It all starts here.

Dance kingpin: David Guetta

The man responsible for the state of the charts at the moment - he’s either the artist or producer on a scarily large amount of the past year’s hits. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground with this guy – he’s either the antichrist or a hero, so you’ll either be arms aloft taking in some of the biggest dance songs of the moment or as far away as possible.

Your headliners: The Stone Roses

The comeback we never thought we’d see – this’ll be a week after the massive Heaton Park shows, so the band will no doubt be on a high, and judging from the Youtube footage of the gigs they’ve done so far, the crowd will be just as euphoric for ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, ‘Fools Gold’, 'Waterfall', ‘I Am The Resurrection’ and the other songs in the Roses’ mighty canon.


She’s got that Super Bass: Nicki Minaj

No rapper has got close to her level of column inches in the last 18 months, and from the early feted mixtapes to two albums down the line, Nicki’s now a fully-fledged pop star. Whether she’ll play it as it as a straight-up pop PA or go all-out high concept weird on us is anybody’s guess, but it won’t be dull.

New band of the day: Spector

When they play at T, it’ll be exactly a month ‘til the Dalston mob’s debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ is released. With ‘Celestine’ and ‘Chevy Thunder’ already established as irresistible indie sing-alongs, you’ll be able to hear what’s next, with added one-liners from frontman Fred Macpherson.

Catch them while you can: Swedish House Mafia

It looks like it’s the final lap for the Dance supergroup, with Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso set to disband and return to solo duties in the autumn, so it might be your last chance to rave like a maniac to ‘Greyhound’.

Your headliners: Kasabian

‘Velociraptor’ has only given Kasabian more ammunition when it comes to festival anthems, with the title track, ‘Re-Wired’, ‘Days Are Forgotten’ and ‘Switchblade Smiles’ ready to join the likes of ‘Fire’, ‘Club Foot’ and ‘L.S.F.’ in being sung all the way back to the campsite after they’ve wrapped things up on the Main Stage.

Want more? Click here for the VF T In The Park Spotify Playlist!

Click here for the full T In The Park line-up.

T in the Park 2012 takes place at Balado Park near Kinross, Scotland from 6-8 July.

T In The Park tickets
are on sale now, priced as follows:

Weekend camping Thursday - Sunday: £208.95 (£199.00 Ticket + £9.95 Fees)
Weekend camping Friday - Sunday: £198.95 (£189.00 Ticket + £9.95 Fees)
Weekend no camping: £188.95 (£179.00 Ticket + £9.95 Fees)
Friday day ticket: £78.30 (£70.00 Ticket + £8.30 Fees)
Saturday day ticket: £86.75 (£77.50 Ticket + £9.25 Fees)
Sunday day ticket: £86.75 (£77.50 Ticket + £9.25 Fees)

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