Kings Of Leon close day one of T In The Park 2009
Nick Cave, The View, Edwyn Collins and more perform
Photographer: Shirlaine Forrest11 July 2009
“My sex is on fire!” cry the crowd – and that’s ten minutes before the Followill’s
hit the stage. They bring down the curtain with a storming set on he first day of TITP which includes the top tracks form
last album ‘By The Night.’
From ‘Fans’ to ‘Molly’s Chambers’, KOL display their now lavish array of throat churning tunes which has shaped them into the arena-filling and T-headlining band they are today.
‘Sex Is On Fire’ gets the crowd singing along but it’s oldies such as ‘Genius’ and ‘Spiral Staircase’ that are the biggest hitters. ‘Use Somebody’ bring the set to a close on the first night of this year’s festival. But ‘Taper Jean Girl’ is the happiest of them all and leaves the audience with the general feeling of “bring on tomorrow”.
Dundonians The View headline the King Tuts stage following on from their eagerly awaited follow-up from ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’.
But it was hits from their debut LP that their loyal fans were looking forward to the most. ‘Same Jeans’ came third from last with ‘Superstar Tradesman’ quickly following on. And as lead singer Kyle belts to the crowd: “We fuckin’ love you T in the Park,” it’s time for recent single ‘Five Rebeccas’ to bring the set to a close.
If Franz Ferdinand were to hit the stage, play just five songs and walk off again they would still be a hit. This is their country and their festival and boy do they know it. ‘Walk Away’ is nice, ‘Matinee’ is even better but ‘Take Me Out’ was always going to be the belter and that is exactly what happens.
Dressed in a smart suit, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds draws one of the smallest crowds of the weekend so far to the Radio 1/NME Stage. The hundreds that do show up are treated to a set that includes a frenetic ‘Dig Lazarus Dig’ and an ever reliable ‘Red Right Hand’.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs get over the technical issues of low volumes for Karen O’s vocals and Nick Zinner’s guitar to show their true colours, which have O sporting an Indian headdress and cloak. ‘Zero’ gets a huge response while oldie ‘Black Tongue’ punches above its weight. ‘Skeleton’ proves the crowd pleaser though as a local bagpipe group join the band onstage, which sets the standard for a great finish that includes ‘Maps’ and ‘Heads Will Roll’.
Jamie T’s crowd were already in the mood after the pre-show DJ decided to play Dizzee Rascals’ ‘Bonkers’ and Michael Jackson classic ‘Billie Jean’. But Mr T showed the crowd he can more than hold his own with a hits-on-speed show which leaves fans sweating and panting for more.
Seconds after, asking the T crowd if they’re “up for it?” he slams into ‘Brand New Bass Guitar’ at a lightning pace. Obviously he’s appreciated north of the border because when ‘If You Go the Money’ – the set highlight – kicks in, not one of the capacity crowd are standing still.
‘Brother’ goads the hoards on, while newbie ‘368’ tunes them in and hit ‘Calm Down Dearest’ knocks the edges of the tent to end a superb set.
‘You Held The World In your Arms’ sent the crowd running for Idlewild’s set on the Radio 1/NME Stage as the local boys drew a healthy crowd. New number ‘City Hall’ feels a little clean compared to old tracks, but it doesn’t stop the crowd bouncing.
“At least it’s sunny,” shouts singer Roddy Woomble during the set before launching into ‘Little Discourage’ as someone throws white sunglasses on stage. ‘American English’ proves glorious as the crowd look for a sunshine-styled sing-along.
The mere fact that Mr Edwyn Collins is still on the stage is a miracle in itself. His problems have been well documented but he has chosen to face them head on and he didn’t shy away from them at T 2009.
“It’s good to be back,” he tells the crowd, who seem happy enough to see him. ‘Rolling And Rocking’ opens the set and it’s more of Collins’ Orange Juice days that has the crowd bopping fro side-to-side. ‘Rip it Up and Start Again’ sounds great but classic ‘Never Met A Girl Like You Before’ is the one the crowd want and Collins’ delivers it so.
Dressed in a black shirt and a blu-tac suit, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith picks up the pace on the main stage following James Morrison. Opener ‘Graffiti’ still has the same punch it did four years ago, while ‘I Want You To Stay’ struggles sonically but sits stably in the set.
‘Girls Who Play Guitars’ leads Smith to go all lanky legs, kicks and megaphones, but much of their energy is saved for set ender ‘Our Velocity’ which gives the screens another chance to show that Scottish girls need better fitting bras. “You’re the best Scotland,” shouts Smith, who must have seen the screens.
T 2009 starts with The Maccabees who promptly tell the crowd that it’s a “pleasure to be first on”. A grand crowd have gathered, which is surprising for an opening slot, who give the Brighton lads the warmest of welcomes.
Current single ‘No Kind Words’ kicks the set off, which goes down a storm, but classic ‘Precious Time’ whips the tent into a frenzy before tracks such as ‘First Love’ and ‘Love You Better’ leave the Tuts’ tent wired to the mains.
Surprisingly ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ is omitted from the set, but what can you expect from an opening slot lasting just 25 minutes.
T In The Park 2009 continues tomorrow (Saturday) with The Killers, Razorlight and Nine Inch Nails.