T in the Park 2012 closes in spectacular style as organiser hails "fantastic" festival

Mud bath: But T in the Park fans didn't let a bit of rain and mud put them off their stride
Mud bath: But T in the Park fans didn't let a bit of rain and mud put them off their stride

T in the Park 2012 came to a close in spectacular style last night with acts including Swedish House Mafia and Kasabian closing the three-day annual music festival.

Crowds of around 85,000 each day partied the weekend away, taking in performances from the likes of The Stone Roses, Nicki Minaj, Snow Patrol, Calvin Harris, Noel Gallagher and High Flying Birds, David Guetta, Example and Professor Green.

The mood couldn’t be ruined, despite the soggy conditions caused by torrential rain downpours that persisted, turning some parts of the Balado site into a mud bath.

The conditions were so bad in fact that one venue, the Slam tent, was unable to open as scheduled – but T in the Park organiser Geoff Ellis said the music lovers wouldn't let a bit of rain ruin their mood.

“The weather definitely brought some challenges but we were prepared and our team worked extremely hard to keep things on track, which was no mean feat," he said.

"The overwhelming response from those that were here was that, regardless of the rain, they had an absolutely amazing time, whether they saw Simple Minds or Calvin Harris. That's not just down to a brilliant line-up - it's also due to the enormous amount of planning that we undertake and the strong partnerships we have with emergency services and stewards.”

With 200 artists performing at  this year’s T, there was something to suit all tastes, from rock and pop to R&B, dance and classical all on offer, with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti opening the Main Stage on Sunday.

Another Scot who took to the stage at this year’s T in the Park included Emeli Sande, who said: "It was awesome. Wet, but it’s such a cool thing to have played T in the Park. It’s a teenage dream come true. The stage today was dry and it was amazing.

“Festivals are just such a good thing – you can relax, you can chill out, it’s all about the energy as opposed to making everything note-perfect. So I really enjoyed it, just getting a bit loose. Me and the band had a great time. I really feel have broken into festivals now. I’ve got my festival legs!”
 
Speaking about the success of this year’s festival, organiser Geoff said: “It’s been another fantastic year. We have the best audience in the world here at T in the Park – our fans really make the festival, and this weekend they’ve proved that come rain or shine, the atmosphere is always incredible.

It was a dream come true to see The Stone Roses headline T in the Park, and a seminal moment in the festival’s history. It was celebration enough to hit record attendance this year with 85,000 fans per day but next year for the 20th year we’ll be pulling even more out the bag to ensure it will be the best birthday party T in the Parkers have ever seen.”

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