Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris are among hard-hitting acts confirmed yesterday for this year’s T in the Park festival in Balado, which returns after an 85,000-strong daily crowd at its 20th anniversary celebration last year.
They will be the first Scottish acts to close the festival’s Main Stage in thirteen years, and join previously-announced acts Arctic Monkeys and Paolo Nutini on a roster that also boasts Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, and more.
The confirmed line-up so far is as follows:
Friday 11 July: Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Pixies, Steve Angello, Alesso, Haim, You Me At Six, Manic Street Preachers, Chvrches, Maximo Park, The Rifles, Len Faki, Pan-Pot
Saturday 12 July: Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams, Elbow, Rudimental, Ben Howard, James, Bombay Bicycle Club, Twin Atlantic, The 1975, John Newman, Embrace, Katy B, Nina Nesbitt, The Stranglers, Dave Clarke, Carl Craig, Metronomy, Clean Bandit, We Are Scientists, Ella Eyre, George Ezra, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Magda
Sunday 13 July: Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Example, Imagine Dragons, Tinie Tempah, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, London Grammar, Tame Impala, Kodaline, Above & Beyond, Sam Smith, Passenger, Sven Vath, Newton Faulkner, Chance The Rapper, Slam, The Twilight Sad, Inspiral Carpets, Julio Bashmore, Levon Vincent, George Fitzgerald
Biffy Clyro’s headline gig – billed as their “biggest ever show on home soil” – will be the band’s tenth appearance at T in the Park, taking place fifteen years after the T Break Stage gig they cite as a defining factor in being signed.
Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil said: “We’ve seen so many amazing bands at T in the Park over the years. Genuinely T in the Park has shaped our lives in more ways than just our experiences of performing there. We wouldn’t be here, doing this now, if it wasn’t for playing T in the Park.”
He said that it felt “poetic” to finally headline the festival on their tenth appearance, adding: “It’s going to be the night of our lives, hopefully it’ll be the night of your life and we can’t wait.”
Calvin Harris, whose no. 1 album 18 Months has sold over 750,000 copies in the UK, said: “I’m very excited that I’m going to be headlining and closing T in the Park’s Main Stage. Last year was incredible, so I can’t wait to be back this year. It’s going to be amazing – I’ll see you all there!”
Other Scottish bands returning to Scotland’s largest music festival include art-pop four-piece Franz Ferdinand, alt-rock powerhouse Twin Atlantic, and electropop break-out Chvrches.
Festival director Geoff Ellis said he was “thrilled” by the line-up, adding: “Last year’s festival was one of the best yet, and 2014 is shaping up to be a brilliant weekend already, with a full day of performances on the Friday for the first time ever, plus more hours to party on the Saturday.”
Tickets will be available from 9am on Friday 28 February on the T in the Park website, with day tickets starting at £82.50 and weekend tickets starting at £184.