T in the Park 2012 gets under way as excited fans descend on Balado

Time for T: T in the Park officially kicks off today (July 6) and runs until Sunday July 8
Time for T: T in the Park officially kicks off today (July 6) and runs until Sunday July 8©HEMEDIA

The gates have been flung open and the first lot of tents pitched as crowds of thousands start to descend on Balado for this year’s Ti n the Park.

Last night 30,000 excited music lovers camped at the site, with the most eager arriving from 2pm in the day.

Thousands more are expected today when the festival officially kicks off, with acts including Professor Green and Florence and the Machine on Friday’s line-up.

Throughout the weekend festival fans will also get the chance to see the likes of Snow Patrol, Kasabian and The Stones Roses.

Overall 85,000 music fans are expected to enjoy this weekend’s festivities, despite weather warnings of heavy rain, which has caused havoc around the country this week.

Yesterday as the first lot of fans arrived, the weather remained largely dry and sunny with the official T in the Park Twitter feed advising people to pack their sunglasses and sun cream.

But forecasters are predicting heavy rain showers throughout the whole weekend - so you might want to consider a poncho, wellies and a brolly too.

In fact the rain has been so heavy this week that many areas of the country have been flooded, causing some to speculate that this year’s T could be cancelled.

But festival organiser Geoff Ellis assured fans this wouldn’t happen, saying earlier this week: “Even if there was a monsoon, we would still be going ahead.”

Make sure to check out STV forecaster Sean Batty’s weather predictions for this weekend to keep up to date with the latest news. Sean’s latest forecast can be found here.

This weekend T in the Park audiences will get the chance to see over 200 artists, with something to suit all tastes, from pop and rock to R&B and classical, with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti opening the Main Stage on Sunday.

It's been revealed the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and street pastors will be among music fans at T in the Park tonight.

Right Reverend Albert Bogle will be witnessing firsthand the work that street pastors do during festivals such as T in the Park – and he’ll also be on hand to lend a sympathetic ear to anyone who might need it.

Mr Bogle said: “The church is not about buildings but where the people are. Wherever the people are, that’s where the church should be. It’s good for the church to connect with music, to see where the young people in our society are and how they enjoy themselves.

“Street pastors is not about do-gooders telling people off. It’s about being there just in case anyone needs help and them having someone around who they know they can trust.”

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