Biggest T In The Park singalong ever?

Festival boss Geoff Ellis certainly thinks so...

Biggest T In The Park singalong ever?

09 July 2007

Geoff Ellis believes crowd chanting reached levels never seen before at Balado, as fans paid homage to their Scottish heroes during the band's closing song.  

He said: "The Fratellis’ 'Chelsea Dagger' was one of the loudest singalongs I have ever heard at the event. It was incredible. My prediction for Snow Patrol’s 'Run' to be the festival anthem was definitely accurate although it did have real competition from that song.

“I thought there were some really outstanding performances over the weekend that will go down in T history such as Brian Wilson, Paolo Nutini and the incredible closing set by Snow Patrol last night. They said it was their favourite ever gig.”

All ended well at T In The Park, in spite of the bad weather conditions that caused chaos on Friday. The sun came out on Saturday and remained throughout to the delight of the 80,000 fans who attended.

Colin Rodger, T In The Park’s Event Manager, said: “Friday was unavoidably a difficult start to T in the Park but it really is testament to the hard work of the event team, emergency services, security and the local council that we were able to get the festival back on track for what turned out to be an amazing weekend. 

"This is in no way least down to the co-operation and attitude of the fans who really pulled through with a Dunkirk spirit and made Saturday and Sunday a resounding success."

The onsite police and medical teams reported similar levels of stats as in 2006, and agreed that the crowd this year was one of the best natured they had seen for a number of years. Arrests were once again down from the previous year from 70 to 64 with 30 people being taken into custody for a number of minor offences.

The hospital tent treated 617 fans over the weekend which is slightly up on last years figure, however 53 patients were transferred to NHS hospitals off site which is well below the norm for the event.

More than 4000 people worked behind the scenes at the festival, including police officers, stewards and security staff.  The festival’s clean up operation began early this morning and will involve removing 8500m of fortress fencing, 2000m of temporary road, 30000m of Heras fencing, 1050 portaloos, 180 portacabins, 150 marquees and 11 big tops.

400 tonnes of rubbish was removed in 2006 and this year the waste has been reduced to 350 tonnes with 40% of that being recycled.

The majority of the campers left early this morning with the remaining people expected to be cleared by 2pm.  As usual an interesting array of items have been left behind on the site including two sets of false teeth, three supermen costumes, a spiderman mask, 1000 beach balls, 32 swimming costumes and 499 wellington boots.

Tickets for next year's festival are going on sale tomorrow morning from 9am at this year's prices.

George Kyle, Head of sponsorship and marketing at founding partners Tennent’s Lager, said: “Once again this has been an absolutely amazing weekend with too many incredible performances to list although a personal highlight had to be Brian Wilson on Saturday night.”

“There were also some outstanding performances from some of the artists that performed in last year’s T Break Tent including The Dykeenies, Paolo Nutini and The View, while this year’s line-up definitely uncovered some fantastic new talent that you may just see much further up the bill next year.”

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