Review: Sunday at T in the Park 2015 (3 stars)

The final day of T in the Park in its brand new location features Gerry Cinnamon, Everything Everything and Stereophonics

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Live Review: Sunday at T in the Park 2015

For T in the Park’s first year at its new venue, we sent three of our music critics to see how the move panned out. Once you’re done with Sunday’s review, check out what we had to say about Friday and Saturday.

The final day of T in the Park’s first outing at the new Strathallan venue may start off drizzly, but the sun beats its way through for most of the day, determined not to let Scottish stereotypes win. Day three is always interesting and this is no exception – a Walking Dead of weekend casualties attempting to navigate an unfamiliar site.

Luckily BDY_PRTS are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in matching neon lycra, their part indie electro, part performance art brightening up the BBC Introducing stage. A laid back set is supplemented by the chilled-out funk of latest single ‘Cold Shoulder’.

But over on the T Break stage, the magic is really happening – Gerry Cinnamon delivers an absolute blinder, helped, in part, by a rabid crowd who are singing and chanting before he can even get a word in. ‘This is your fucking time. This is your time,’ repeats an overwhelmed Cinnamon. He’s passionate and clearly gives zero fucks, and it’s pro-independence single ‘Hope Over Fear’ that brings the tent down, turning the venue into scenes reminiscent of a pre-referendum rally: ‘This is about rejecting the fucking establishment.’ This is how live music should be: raw and exciting.

Idlewild, the first in the day’s lineup of T veterans (‘We first played T in the Park 17 years ago,’ muses Roddy Woomble. ‘That makes me feel ancient.’) fare better than some of the later oldies, tearing it up in the afternoon, bringing out both the sun and an enthusiastic crowd, with tracks from Everything Ever Written going down better than new music from some we could mention.

Everything Everything put on a synthy, ethereal set to a crowd that goes ballistic at 6Music fave ‘Regret’, while Modest Mouse fare similarly, working as an early evening chill-out before the weekend’s last hurrah. For both Stereophonics and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, steady MOR sets are order of the day, let’s not pretend it’s not songs from the best part of two decades ago that the crowd want to hear. ‘Local Boy in the Photograph’ two songs in wakes up the ‘Phonics crowd – an interesting mix of 90s casualties in bucket hats happy to sit through until Noel G arrives and kids who hadn’t been born first time round. Gallagher knows what he’s doing, giving good Oasis, but neither set Strathallan aflame.

Seen at Strathallan Castle, Auchterarder, Fri 10 Jul.

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