A few weeks ago Coldplay found themselves sandwiched between the world’s most famous rock group and the infamous derriere shaken by no other than Jay Z’s other half.
Tonight Chris Martin and co. are in a similar situation, once again they headline a weekend festival on a Saturday evening, instead of U2 and Beyoncé bookending their scheduled slot Coldplay compete against the Arctic Monkeys and the Foo Fighters to win the hearts of this year’s T in the Park crowd. With the field predominantly filled with Scottish beer bellies opposed to a laid back Glastonbury traveller will there sensitive chords steal the headline slot from the likes of Turner and Grohl?
The answer is quite simple...Course they bloody will. Where’s Friday and Sunday’s headliners offer pure unaltered rock and indie delights it would take the heart of a Tory leader not to fight back the tears when tear-jerking songs such as The Scientist and Fix You pull your emotional strings.
Chris Martin bounces onto the stage like Zebedee would with a hyperactive string malfunction, yet his humble appearance never shadows those around him. Jonny Buckland on guitar, Guy Berryman on bass and drummer Will Champion all have chance to shine and Martin himself seems privileged to perform in front of those choosing his band over acts such as Primal Scream and Swedish House Mafia who are headlining stages elsewhere in the main arena tonight. There own magic roundabout will push off with one foot on the ground with ‘MX’ before spinning off into ‘Hurts Like Heaven’. Time For Bed? Time for a massive sing-a-long more like!
‘Yellow’ glides in from their debut album, Parachutes early on before a safe landing catches us thanks to the harmonious chords to ‘In My Place’. Holy grins will parade the Scottish grounds when they pipe up the opening lyrics to ‘God Put a Smile upon Your Face’ and lumps will secure themselves in throats fighting for release through the sonnets belonging to ‘Everything Not Lost’.
The band played T in the Park back in 2003 when their third album, X & Y was in its prime release. Eight years later Coldplay are on the brink of releasing record number five and as we dip our toes into ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ we can already gauge another successful run for the band when the album is released during the Autumn.
Being the act slap bang in the middle of this year’s festival Coldplay mirror the mountains peaks which backdrop this yearly event. At either side we can metaphorically make out acts climbing towards their rock-god status, few will ever achieve it and those who do will struggle to maintain Coldplay’s status as the second most famous rock group in the world and judging from their two recent festival performances even U2 better watch their backs!
Disabled Access at T in the Park leads the way for others to follow. The outside perimeter of the festival has a bus shuttle for guests with special needs taking travellers to bus stops around the arena which provide superb assessable access to viewing platforms. Outside platforms are sheltered under a marquee although ideally, they could be situated nearer the main stages. The special needs camp site was well manned with friendly staff with a brilliant sense of humour. Loos are located at every platform although there was just one toilet catering for wheelchairs on the campsite itself, mind you two assessable shower cubicles also had lavatories and changing room space inside them.
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