They've not quite opened fully, but the heavens are certainly having a good leak this afternoon all over Balado, as we tackle Saturday's T in the Park head on.
After a bumper bill Friday to kick off the T party, we've just arrived on site for our first full day, where guitar pop sensations, and much talked about band of their generation, The Stone Roses, are set to make their big Scottish comeback. On the same day as Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, the 90s are back full blown and full swing, and with this weather, it might not be a bad idea to bring your old shell suit to T in the Park. Waterproof and wipe clean. What more could you want? Ok, a lot, and temperatures at a minimum of 25 degrees, but that question was rhetorical.
Fuelled on yesterday's fun, and keeping their spirits high, the T in the Park crowd remain upbeat despite the marshy conditions and mud slides. With the rain drizzly but constant, the temporary relocation of the Slam Tent to the Sunset Strip could be the beginning of Balado's bothers. Hopefully not though, as there's a whole lot of fun to be had in today's poptastic line-up. With The Dryburgh Soul Band, the less than desecrate alias of The View, opening up the Main Stage today, I have a funny feeling this could be the only mention of dry in relation to that sludgy expanse. As Beyonce said last year, "Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh".
Not to worry though, we're getting on with the party and will be bringing you all the news direct from the site as it happens. We're set to warm up by dancing ourselves dry with Django Django, and maybe freestyle a little with Jessie J (go on, say it like she does). Soothing the storm away with some Ben Howard looks like another potential, as let's face it, regardless of which headliner you chose, Mr Ian Brown and his boys, or dance floor filler David Guetta, you're going to need all the energy you can muster from the Lucozade Yes Arena.
Both new bands stages, T Break and BBC Introducing, are ready to befriend you with the next big thing, with the likes of United Fruit, Hector Bizerk, The Machine Room and Roman Nose ready to impress. For the big stage stars of the future look no further, and get along to these talent tents. They'll also keep you a darn site drier than the main stage, though that's secondary to the plethora of highly impressive and under-exposed acts which are on offer.
Wading out to the worsening weather, let's hope I make it back with two boots; rumour has it the shoe stealing swamp monster is out on force in the field. If you don't hear from us for the rest of the day, you'll know it's been unlucky.