BALADO, SCOTTLAND (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – T IN the Park has sold out faster than ever before. In fact 10 weeks before the big weekend on July 10 and 11.
Last year, for the 10th birthday, it sold out a week early, and most years before that it has sold out a day or two before, or on the day. This is a record and firmly establishes the event at Balado, near Kinross, as Scotland's top musical event. It also puts it on the UK map of top festivals with only Glastonbury having the same sort of rush for tickets.
Interestingly, thirty per cent of those who have one of the 120,000 tickets aren't from Scotland.
The event has sold out earlier despite organisers DF increasing the capacity by an extra 5,000.
The Daily Record’s, Rick Fulton reports that Geoff Ellis, the CEO of DF Concerts, who along with Tennents are founders of T in the Park, said: “It's phenomenal.”
'I thought earlier in the year that we'd sell out by the end of May, but to sell out by the end of April is amazing especially as we have a bigger capacity this year.
“Everyone is saying it's the best ever line-up and I think it is. 'People buy tickets to go to T in the Park it's not just about what bands are on. 'The only other festival who has that same pull is Glastonbury.”
The line-up is certainly spectacular and includes David Bowie, The Darkness, Starsailor, Faithless, Pink, The Black Eyed Peas, Big Brovaz, Muse, The Libertines, Katie Melua, Basement Jaxx and Ocean Colour Scene as some of the main acts on Saturday.
And on Sunday the line-up includes The Strokes, Pixies, Kings Of Leon, PJ Harvey, Franz Ferdinand, Scissor Sisters, Massive Attack, N*E*R*D, The Chemical Brothers and Snow Patrol.
Geoff reckons there have been some contributing factors to T's record year.
Firstly, David Bowie announcing he would be headlining before Christmas meant, for the first time, tickets went on sale earlier. T in the Park has also enjoyed two years of good weather and sold out a week early last year.
Geoff explained: “Because it sold out a week early last year there will have been plenty of people, who probably missed out, so they would have made sure they bought their tickets early this year, and we've had glorious sunshine for the past two years. When it's rained in the past it always takes longer for the tickets to pick up the next year. So we're on a roll. There was talk of T in the Park going to Spain, but why bother when we've got the sunshine here now? I reckon next year it will sell out even faster.”
But Geoff isn't tempted to follow Glastonbury's lead, of holding the event over three days.
He said: “It would mean we could get more bands on, but Scots party harder than anyone else in the world and by Sunday there would be one huge hangover, and we find most people buy weekend tickets and arrive on the Friday night. They might not be able to get away from work or whatever on the Thursday.”
George Kyle, head of sponsorship for Tennents Lager, said: “Selling out like this is unprecedented and an outstanding achievement by DF Concerts. The event matches and even tops any other festival in Europe. This is the year T in the Park came of age.”