T in the Park
|Date||Friday 9th July 2010 to Sunday 11th July 2010|
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The brewing company, Tennents, is the major sponsor for this music festival in Scotland. It has been in friendly competition with the Gastonbury Festival since 1994. In fact, it is the main festival during the years that Gastonbury Festival is not held. It was originally held at Strathclyde Park, but in 1997 it moved to a disused airstrip in Balado, between Perth and Kinross. Beginning as a two-day festival, it increased its dates by one day in 2007. Big Day Out is the promoter of T in the Park.
The seven music stages are named King Tut's Tent, T Break Stage, NME Radio 1 Stage, Pet Sounds Stage, Slam Tent, Futures Stage and Main Stage. Besides the stage areas, there are now camping areas for those who stay for the entire three-day event. A carnival atmosphere is promoted by the Big Wheel plus many shops and concession stalls around the festival grounds.
In early years, the musicians who came to perform at T in the Park were highly acclaimed and well-known bands and soloists. In more recent times, T in the Park shares much of its line-up with an Irish festival held at the same time. Thus, musicians can book to come to both T in the Park and Oxygen, all in the same trip.
As recently as 2005, some 69,000 people have attended to see over 170 bands in ten stages. In 2005, T in the Park was named best festival in the UK Festival Awards. It was the first time that T in the Park beat out Gastonbury Festival.
Tickets sold out in less than one hour for the 2006 T in the Park Festival. It happens, though, that it was the year that Gastonbury Festival did not have any activities. Some of the quickly-sold-out tickets were bought on eBay on the Internet. Later that year, around 12,000 tickets were made available on the Internet and sold out in ten minutes. One of the problems with so many people attending the festival is the heavy traffic on the motorways.
Sometimes the crowds contain unruly people. In 2008, the first death at the festival was recorded as well as a number of stabbing incidents. Some robberies also have increased the complaints about the policing of the event.
As to 2009, the tickets quickly sold out.