So you think you know everything there is to know about T in the Park, do you? Well, here’s a chance to check your knowledge with all the facts and figures a festival goer’s mind can possibly handle.
Where it all began…
* 1994 saw T in the Park’s inaugural event at Strathclyde Country Park.
* 17,000 people attended the first festival, with just 2000 choosing to camp.
* In 1997 T moved to its spiritual home at the Balado airfield, near Kinross.
Where T in the Park is now…
* Last year 80,000 music fans came to party, 60,000 creating the temporary T town in the campsite - complete with its own traffic lights.
* Its size equals the fifth largest town in Scotland over the course of the weekend.
* 2008 featured an action-packed 12 stages featuring 180 artists.
Tractors to trailers, farm to funfair; the annual transformation of Balado…
* The site of Scotland’s fifth largest (temporary) town takes an incredible 43 days to construct and dismantle each year.
* It also takes an almighty team of 4000 to bring T in the Park together.
* 30,000 metres of fencing create the festival site…
* ...and that’s not including the 8,500 metres of perimeter fencing used to keep T in the Parkers safe and to mark out the borders of T in the Park Town.
* A total toilet-footfall over the 2008 weekend of 259,000 equated to the population of Newcastle Upon Tyne!
* Serviced four times a day, a mighty 120 staff aim to ensure there’s enough toilet paper for every visit, last year’s loo roll inventory would have stretch from Glasgow to London.
More than music…
* Thousands raiding their cupboards when fancy dress Friday made its debut in 2008, the results included numerous banana men, superheroes, Simpsons, Griffins and-hand stitched Tennent’s cans waddling around the campsite and main arena, to name but a few.
* Fact – the guys were more into dressing-up than the gals were – c’mon ladies, get involved in 2009!
* Pick the first pitches, party a whole extra day and beat the Friday traffic this year. T Thursday in 09 will feature three entertainment zones including the Silent Disco, an open-air cinema, the campsite funfair, The Cabaret Voltaire Boom Bus, bars, off sales, a market and kiosks.
* T is the only festival to have two stages dedicated purely to home-grown talent in the T Break Stage and Ceilidh tent.
* 2009 also sees the extremely exciting addition of the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park – signed and unsigned acts are nominated by producers and presenters from the BBC’s 20 UK regions and then programmed by new music specialists at R1.
* Following a successful introduction in 2008, Tennent’s Lager’s Be Chilled initiative returns this year and allows campers to pre-order Tennent's Lager cans in advance, which are chilled and stored for collection on arrival at the campsite and throughout T.
* Presented in direct association with The Scottish Executive, Healthy T was radically expanded in 08 with new features including Foods From Argyll, holistic therapies and a Bedouin tea tent. It’s set to be even bigger in 2009.
* 71% of cups were recycled in 2008 under the ‘Reduce, Redeem, Recycle’ initiative, the target for T in the Parkers to achieve in 09 is 80%.
* Did you know that the pint of Tennent’s Lager you enjoy on site is the freshest available? Not only is it brewed just 36 hours before T in the Park specifically for the weekend, it travels a mere 44 miles from brewery to Balado.
The Award Goes To…
In 2008, T in the Park was
* Voted Vodafone’s Live C4 Festival of the Year winner by fans
* Voted Best Line Up winner at the UK Festival Awards by fans
* Awarded Scotland’s only Green ‘n’ Clean Award by Yourope, Europe’s Festival Association in association with Julie’s Bicycle
* CarbonNeutral for the third year
* Awarded three Scottish Event Awards for Best Large Festival, Green Award and overall Event Grand Prix winner