The Verve keep T in the Park dry on Day 1

Less than two weeks after they closed Glastonbury, The Verve played an epic set in front of the biggest crowd of the day, keeping the rain at bay for the first night of the festival.

Resplendent in a fluorescent yellow shirt, Richard Ashcroft commended the audience for being the "best live crowd in the world" and spoke out in defiance of an article in today's Guardian that had dismissed the band's current relevance.

Unusually for T in the Park, the crowd were fairly reserved to begin with, but a rousing 'Sonnet' had everyone on their feet and singing along.

Likewise, a smattering of new tracks were politely received with the old favourites (particularly from Urban Hymns) garnering the most frenzied reception.

Ashcroft dedicated 'Lucky Man' to his wife Kate Radley, having missed their wedding anniversary to perform tonight at the festival, and 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' to "Anyone who'll write a classic". They finished with new single, 'Love is Noise'.

The Verve Played:
'This Is Music'
'Space And Time'
'Sit And Wonder'
'Come On'
'Life's An Ocean'
'The Rolling People'
'The Drugs Don't Work'
'Lucky Man'
'Bitter Sweet Symphony'
'Love Is Noise'

Over on the the Radio 1/NME second stage, The Chemical Brothers rocked fans with a greatest hits set spanning their career, featuring 'Galvanise', 'Hey Boy, Hey Girl' and 'Out Of Control' and closing with an explosive 'Block Rocking Beats'.

In the King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, local heroes The Futureheads were raising the roof with a high energy performance.

The band were in celebratory mood with frontman Barry Hyde getting married tomorrow (Saturday) to Dananananaykroyd bassist Laura Donaghey. Guitarist Ross Millard dedicated 'Hounds Of Love' to the singer, who told the crowd: "It's been a real pleasure to play my last gig as a single man to you."

Earlier in the day, following an uplifting show by home girl KT Tunstall, Stereophonics had thrilled fans with a highly charged set littered with classics and even a brief interlude of Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades'.

More than 80,000 fans arrived on-site for the first day of T in the Park, with the campsites being full to capacity (60,000) by midday today (Friday).

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees headline sets from Rage Against The Machine, Kaiser Chiefs, Ian Brown and Interpol.

Stay posted to VF for rolling coverage and check back on Monday for our full reviews and photo galleries.