July 30 & 31, 1994
WHERE most people saw a loch, a few trees and a bit of tranquility just 15 minutes down the M74 from Glasgow, Geoff Ellis saw an ideal music venue.
In 1992, as manager of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on St Vincent Street, ambitious Geoff set about organising an outdoor music festival in his adopted homeland. That vision came to fruition in the summer of 1994 when Blur, Oasis and Manic Street Preachers played the first T in the Park at Strathclyde Country Park.
Also appearing were Glass Onion, performing in the area for up and coming talent. Four years later that same band, now known as Travis, were on the main stage.
By then T had outgrown the 17,000 capacity of Strathclyde Park and moved to Balado near Kinross, where it stayed until safety concerns about a gas pipeline forced a relocation to Strathallan Castle this year.
In 2006, all 138,000 tickets were sold in less than an hour so organisers added a third day to meet demand.
That meant more Tennent’s (the 34 multi-dispense units enable 816 pints to be poured every minute), more tents (the much-prized camping tickets have appeared on internet auction sites for £700), and more top acts.
And, whether in rain and mud or baking sun, T has become a rite of passage for generations of music fans who sing the days and nights away to the likes of Calvin Harris, Beyonce, Eminem and Rihanna – all headliners in recent years.