T in the Park 2013: A guide to the best indie rock
A preview of what to expect in the Indie Rock genre at this year's edition of T in the Park
T in the Park is built on a foundation of indie rock. The fields of Balado still echo to the singalong choruses of previous headliners such as Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes. 2013's line-up is perhaps the most diverse yet featuring folk (Mumford & Sons) and R&B (Rihanna) but there's still room for indie rock royalty, The Killers, to take the final headline slot on the Sunday. Fortunately, The Killers are a great band, playing sharp intelligent rock'n'roll with a dash of Vegas glamour. They are solid, no-nonsense crowd pleasers - which is probably why this is their fifth trip to T, their third time topping the bill - and why you can already hear the audience chanting along to their appropriately titled anthem 'Indie Rock'n'Roll'.
This year's bill also boasts some of indie's most interesting acts as My Bloody Valentine, Foals and Yeah Yeah Yeahs all take guitar music in punkier, more leftfield directions. Then there are the old faithfuls like Stereophonics, Ocean Colour Scene, The View and Liam Gallagher (now with Beady Eye rather than Oasis) plugging the kind of meat and potatoes rock that has become synonymous with T’s uncomplicated, but comforting and satisfyingly filling.
Add newer names like Twin Atlantic, Frightened Rabbit, Two Door Cinema Club and Palma Violets to the mix and it is a good weekend for indie fans. While it's a shame there's no obvious all out balls out hard rock act (it would have been great to see someone like Queens of the Stone Age or Nine Inch Nail, both of which are currently touring), if you dig a little deeper into the line-up you'll find a few tasty rock nuggets.
California's Trash Talk are a rare hardcore thrash punk signing for T that should tear the place apart wherever they find themselves in the running order; female rockers Deap Vally keep things raw while Macclesfield's The Virginmarys play a raucous brand of garage rock. Pop punks Mallory Knox and Lower Than Atlantis are also on hand to represent the recent upsurge in young British rock.
So returning to The Killers' aforementioned hit, it's a mantra everyone at T and can live by: 'It's Indie rock'n'roll for me/It's all I need/It's Indie rock'n'roll for me.'