Kasabian close T In The Park
Kasabian promised something special at T in The Park when they accepted the offer of trying on head-liner's shoes, and tonight they deliver with a performance which fits their swagger.
Kasabian make their mark with ‘Shoot The Runner’ and wrap up a triumphant weekend with ‘Fire’ and a stomping ‘LSF’ before fans bid T In The Park farewell for another twelve months.
On a day, which saw many bands' sound tarnished by gale force winds and short folk complaining after the screens were lowered amid health and safety concerns, the English rockers didn't have it all their own way though. They have to follow sterling final day performances by home-grown heroes The View, Biffy Clyro and American hip-hop superstar Jay-Z.
Following a somewhat disappointing showing by re-formed English rockers Skunk Anansie, the 'No Entry' signs are held a loft round the D-barrier in the early afternoon as the masses descend on The View.
Dizzee Rascal follows suit with his monstrous bass lines putting the main stage PA through its paces, even though those at the back of the crowd struggle to hear with the gusts of winds throwing the vocals back at the stage.
Almost resident T In The Parkers Biffy Clyro mark their NINTH appearance by raising the bar considerably with a rocking, if chart friendly performance. It can only be a matter of time before the Ayrshire trio close Scotland's most prestigious stage.
New York rap kingpin Jay-Z brings the blind to Balado in a performance so smooth it deserves it's own velvet couch and cigars. '99 Problems', 'Empire State Of Mind' and 'Big Pimpin' are standout numbers in a set that could easily have closed the day.
Meanwhile, earlier on the NME/Radio One Stage Airbourne are also hampered by the high winds. The comparisons with AC/DC are inevitable, but Airbourne more than hold their own and if glam rock again takes over the planet, Airbourne will be well prepared.
The mere fact that Pete Doherty is able to take the stage with his Babyshambles chums these days without the assistance of a home-help or some sort of wheelchair is a miracle in itself. But the bad boy of rock – as some like to call him – enters into the fray with the instantly recognisable 'Delivery' helping us – and him – on our way.
'Paddy Put the Pipe Down' is a blast from the Doherty's drug fuelled past while interpretative dancers attempt to take our attentions away from the former Libertines man. 'Dead Dog Blues' goes down well before Doherty – possibly wondering what his ex- Kate Moss was getting up to – hits us with 'What Katie Did Next'.
Gary and Ryan Jarman – aka The Cribs – welcome the crowd with: “T in the Park you're always sensational.” But to be honest the only time anyone gets up for this – as rumours spread that Beyonce is due to join hubby Jay Z on stage later – is when the fleeting glimpses of The Smiths man Johnny Marr appear on the big screen.
Indeed the highlight is when some fan falls over in the mud, as Gary is about to give us a rendition of 'Man's Needs'.
Possibly the only rainbow this weekend is the one that Groove Armada's Saint Saviour is decked out in. Turquoise trousers with a multi-coloured collar certainly help cheer us up.
But welcomed with possibly one of the lowest crowds for a penultimate act it's hard for them to get into the normally upbeat mood of Groove Armada.
Donning red tinted specs, and even redder hair, Saviour lifts the descending gloom around T 2010 and helps keep the greying clouds away for an hour or two more. 'Look Me in the Eye Sister' is the highlight.
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