A couple of minutes of clips viewed from back of the stage at T in the Park 2013
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Photos from the day: Shot by Colin Usher
Interview with Blink TV
DAILY RECORD – T in the Park 2013: The Proclaimers
SCOTTISH veterans The Proclaimers turned back the clock as they got the 20th year of T in the Park off to a great start,.
OPENING the main stage on the first day of T would be a big ask for many acts.
But not The Proclaimers. Crowd favourites for more than 25 years, the Reid twins nodded to the fact that the band are older than the festival itself. Craig told the crowd: “We are very pleased to be back at T in the Park. “This is one that is older than most of you, it’s called Letter From America.”
The twins went on to play requests for the crowd and dedicated I’m On My Way to the workers at a health centre in Glasgow. Sunshine on Leith was greeted by green flares in the crowd from the Hibs fans whose anthem it has become. 500 Miles was a huge finish to a brilliant opening set, with the crowd young and old joining in for a mass singalong.
VIRTUAL FESTIVALS – HOMEGROWN HEROES
Homegrown heroes The Proclaimers are lighting the birthday cake on T in the Park’s 20th anniversary.
The Leith legends say they’re delighted to be back at Balado, but admit that the thousands gathered before them on T’s Main Stage may be just too young to remember all their hits.
Wishing Scotland’s biggest music festival a warm happy birthday, the Reid brothers – the first band of the weekend – say “good afternoon Scotland” and kick straight into ‘Whatever You’ve Got‘, a song met with a wave of clapping hands tanning in the Fife summer sunshine, bringing with it the first roar of 2013’s offering.
With thousands continuing to stream into the arena, Charlie and Craig, in their near-patent t-shirt and jeans combo, continue into ‘Notes & Rhymes‘, with the help of their supporting band. It’s opening lines, “Well I’m happy now. I don’t need a drink to toast to our health, Now the sun is out. And the rain is falling somewhere else” seem perfectly fitting for this sun-drenched Friday afternoon.
Charlie tells the crowd that the band are “pleased to be back at T in the Park” and then eases them into anthemic ‘Letter from America‘, introducing it he jokes “this one’s older than most of you“, to the shoulder climbers gathered in front of the stage. With it comes the first sing-along of this year’s festival – much to the adoration of the collective of green and white Hibernian FC flags waving in the cooling breeze; the Leith-born pair being much renowned supporters of the Edinburgh football club.
WOW247 – The Proclaimers – T in the Park review
The Proclaimers light the fuse on the 20th year of T in the Park with an opening performance on the Main Stage. Jamie Brotherston watches the Reid twins at their anthemic best.
As the sun beats down upon Balado, Scotland’s most famous twins stroll onto a packed main stage. With a new greatest hits album on the shelves, their spirit remains as strong as their love affair with the festival that they are so synonymous with.
No-one else would have been better placed to kick off T in the Park’s twentieth anniversary. It may be an obvious choice but it transpires to be a wise one.
With the crowd sweltering in temperatures reaching the high 20s, the Reid brothers raise the audience from their sweaty stupors, delivering a career-spanning set built on the hits that have seen them become T in the Park favourites.
With impressive energy, the band capture the moment. Flags, flares and, amongst the melée, a faithful Hibernian FC banner, is indicative of the party atmosphere.
The graceful tones of more sombre ballads are somewhat minimal for a Proclaimers set, although classic tearjerker ‘Sunshine on Leith’ gives the crowd time to waltz amongst chirpier numbers, such as ‘Cap in Hand’, ‘Whatever You Got’ and the inevitable coupling of ‘On My Way’ and ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’.
As the brothers leave, there’s a discernible sadness among the audience to see them go – but the fuse is well and truly lit, and T the Park looks set to dazzle in the sun this weekend.
Those boys from Leith clearly know how to start a party.
The Proclaimers kicked off T in the Park’s 20th anniversary in style with a raucous, virtuoso performance. Fittingly kicked off in style with Whatever You’ve Got, followed by a strong performance of Notes and Rhymes, the party atmosphere was in full swing right away.
As expected, the crowd’s biggest reaction came from some of the groups’ most well-known numbers, with a stirring rendition of Sunshine on Leith providing a near-fanatical response. The number also produced two stunning pieces from violinist Erica Nockalls which added further beauty to an accomplished performance.
To help celebrate the festival’s special anniversary, the twins turned back the clock with an energetic rendition of their classic Letter from America. Their renowned Scottish drawl is clearly evident in this piece, encouraging thousands to join in with a song that can out-date even T in the Park. Assured deliveries of old classics I’m On My Way and I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). The latter in particular, as the closing song, has the effect of whipping the crowd into a virtual frenzy, providing both the easiest and most-unforced participation as the large crowd respond by providing admirable backing vocals.
Without a doubt, the party is officially underway.