Video and backstage chat from King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent on Saturday

Line-up - Stevie McCrorie, Foy Vance, Fatherson, Shed Seven, Stiff Little Fingers, Bay City Rollers, Tom Odell, Travis

Stevie McCrorie

"I really enjoyed it in the King Tut's tent today. It can be hard going when you're first on, and the capacity of that tent is massive, but it was a good amount of people there. And I'm proud of that. I've persevered, I've not given up, and I'm gonna keep going. If you're not in it for the right reasons, you're going to give up after the lows. If people never heard of me again, but I was still cutting about playing festivals, that would be the dream for me.


Marc Strain (bass): "This is our fourth year – T Break, Introducing, and this is our second King Tut's tent. We were about 18, 19 when we first played, but I'd been coming as a punter for a few years. But coming that first year as a performer, getting to walk through different gates from everyone else – that was fantastic.”

Ross Leighton (guitar, vocals): "Then on the Introducing Stage the next year, that was like our first big, real festival experience. And again, a lot of the bands we'd met on T Break had moved up as well, so that was a good feeling.”

Strain: "That's what T in the Park does for young bands – gives a ladder to climb up. You start by wanting your first gig at King Tut's, maybe a support, then your own headline show… Then you get on to T Break, and keep climbing from there. Then, eventually, if you're lucky, you get to Barrowlands – which is our next gig."

Leighton: "There are posters all over the site and we're gonna announce it onstage. That's pretty special. T in the Park does give you profile all over the place. Because people come here from all over Scotland, and the UK, for the rest of the year you can go other places because people have seen you at T. it's a great jumping off platform. Maybe 100 people from Inverness saw you at T, so the next time you go to Inverness, maybe 60 of them will come, with some new pals. And then the last time we played T, it was on TV, and we noticed we'd get people in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester coming to see us because they'd seen us on the TV coverage. So T has been hugely important to our band.”

Strain: "We were born two years before T In The Park started, so we have grown up with the festival. It's how I discovered all the bands that I love.”

Leighton: "And even if you were 18 when T started, you're only 40 now – so you've probably been coming here for years. No one drifts away from it, and they come with their own kids.”

Strain: "The first time I came was with my parents!”

Leighton: "Then when you start getting booked for festivals as a band – booked for the biggest festival in Scotland – that's when you feel like things are working for your band.”

Shed Seven

Rick Witter (singer): "The number of times we've performed at T In The Park? We must be getting close to double figures by now, given that we've been doing this since the early Nineties. Now we do a festival tour every other summer, so it's great to be back here.

"And we love it. I believe that if you're gonna stand on a stage, (a) you have to look like you're enjoying it and (b) be good. We're lucky in that, like The Stone Roses, people are coming to see us 'cause they like the songs. You come to a Shed Seven gig, you know what you're gonna get – have a good laugh and sing your heart out. Which makes it easier for me, 'cause they can take over the singing!"

Stiff Little Fingers

The Bay City Rollers

Tom Odell

Tom Odell: "I was here two years ago with a chest infection. I'd cancelled a support show with Rolling Stones a few days before, then I came to T and I tried to sing. I only managed two songs before my voice gave up. But the crowd sang, which was amazing.

"So I do feel I have unfinished business with T In The Park. And having played a lot of shows at King Tut's in Glasgow, which is always brilliant, I want to do the best I can. We all love playing in Scotland, they are one of the best crowds in the world, and we all genuinely mean that. There's an abandon to Scottish crowds. They just want to have a good time.”


Dougie Payne (bass): "We were just talking about whether this year Travis pip Biffy Clyro for most number of appearances. But we think we're level at nine. ”

Fran Healy (singer, guitarist): "When it all went bananas for the band in 1999, 2000, we were going out playing every night slam-dunking it, playing it like it was our last gig. We still do that to some extent. We've been touring the world all this year but now we're in festival season, which is a lovely thing. Most of the people who come to see you at festivals don't come to Travis shows, and they're not necessarily gig-goers – they're festival-goers, so you get this nice conversion thing happening a lot of the time. And this is the first festival we're doing this year – I can't wait.

Payne: "If I think back to us headlining T in 2000, I have one clear memory. The main set had gone by in a blur, and we went off, and we're about to go back on and do an encore. And Franny says: 'You go on and do Just The Faces Change on your own…' This is a b-side I'd written. And I was like, 'what?!' The next thing I'm being handed a guitar and I'm walking out on my own going, 'er, here's a song you don't know…' In retrospect, it was very funny but at the time it was sh*t-your-pants scary.

Healy: "T in the Park has been really important to our band. You have that T in the Park apprenticeship, where you start on the ground floor and you work your way up. And we've been there. And what's also special about this festival more than any other is that the people behind it, not only do they do T in the Park, they're concert promoters. They go out of their way to help new talent. They bring them by putting them on a wee stage and giving them their first shot. They book them into King Tut's in Glasgow, like they did with us, and you bring all your family and friends and force people to come see you. And then once you get it rolling, they stay with you, and they're still with us. T In The Park and the people behind it are our family.

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