T in the Park -The Most Popular Music Festival in Scotland
Balado in Scotland comes alive with music every July at the T in the Park music event. Since the first event in at Strathclyde Country Park in 1994, T in the Park has grown in popularity with every passing year. This year’s just concluded event attracted over 70 thousand music lovers from all over the world each day. 2005’s event sold out in a record breaking four days while this year’s festival was undoubtedly the most successful year to date, with third of the tickets sold in an incredible fours hours when they went on sale directly after the 2005 festival ended. Amazingly this year the 350000 tickets sold online for the 2007 show were picked up in just seventy minutes!
T in the Park is held every year in the lush environs of Balado Activity Centre, near Kinross in the very heart of Scotland. Today it has grown in size and influence to become one of the most important and critically acclaimed music events on the international festival circuit. The T Break Stage has been a stage for unsigned Scottish bands since its inception in 1996. T in the Park itself consistently attracts the finest homegrown talent and Scottish music as well as major international artists.
The public is not there just to listen but to participate as well. Karaoke is by far the most popular with the uninhibited, while Silent Disco does not believe in noise pollution. Everyone dances to music only they can hear through head phones. It looks extremely funny to watchers but the dancers are literally in their own world. Beer flows in the tent at a staggering pace and almost 65% of the audience opt for the ‘true festival experience’ by camping there for the whole weekend.
Balado is easily accessible from major cities and other parts of UK as well as remote areas of Scotland. The crowd is increasingly diverse with more than 45 per cent of the tickets being sold to people from outside Scotland.Today T in the Park is one of the biggest tourist and travel attractions in Scotland and very valuable to the Scottish economy. It’s not only about music but there is other entertainment, a funfair, global food and drink.