Descending onto Balado airfield last weekend, T In The Park once again boasted a stellar line-up that included Beyonce, Coldplay, Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Blondie and Primal Scream. The brainchild of Geoff Ellis is now in its 18th year, and Gutter attended the closing day of the festival for what promised to be the craziest 18th birthday party ever.

The newly positioned King Tut’s Wah Wah tent, named after the famously intimate venue on Glasgow’s St Vincent Street, boasted an impressive yet eclectic bill of exciting talent. New Zealand natives The Naked And Famous, who have already caused a stir both at home and abroad, took to the stage to a rowdy reception. Playing material from their debut offering Passive Me, Aggressive you, the band held their audience enraptured with their synth-driven indie pop-rock, with recent singles, ‘Punching In A Dream’ and the fantastic ‘Girls Like You’ welcomed like long lost friends.

US rockers The Pretty Reckless, fronted by actress-turned-singer and full time wild child Taylor Momsen, delivered an energised and exciting set with the best bits of debut helping Light Me Up constructing their zesty set. Momsen, the modern-day reincarnation of Courtney Love in her days with Hole, chatted and joked comfortably with her crowd, looking every inch the Rock Chick, and praised her Scots’ audience for “liking a drink”.

Frankie & The Heartstrings showed what they had to offer on The T Break Stage. Frontman Frankie Francis had more than a touch of the Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson about him, and while his enthusiasm is admirable his dramatic vocals would be more at home on The West End Stage.

Meanwhile, the torrential rain that steadily fell did nothing to dampen spirits and was embraced by punters, especially those of you who danced, swam or shagged in it.

Sunday’s Main Stage was scheduled to play host to some of the biggest and best bands of the moment, with Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay already proving their salt on Friday and Saturday. New Jersey’s My Chemical Romance were met with boiling hot anticipation; ripping into ‘Na Na Na Na (Na Na Na)’ for their opener set the bar for one sweaty, but stellar set.  The best bits from recent album Danger Days dominated, but it was the much loved material from The Black Parade, and in particular ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ that enjoyed full audience participation in both singing and fist-pumping.

KT Tunstall did Scotland proud when she performed at King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent. She delivered a solid set with material from latest album Tiger Suit which was sometimes lost on her audience, but KT was redeemed with crowd-pleasers ‘Suddenly I See’, ‘Other Side Of The World’, and ‘Black Horse & The Cherry Tree”’ which turned her slot into a hillbilly hoedown.

One of the most anticipated stints of the day came in the form of The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, who dazzled revellers with his flamboyance and a healthy helping of his debut solo effort Flamingo.  He closed with The Killers’ signature song, ‘Mr Brightside’, giving the people what they wanted, and ending his slot on an orgasmic high.

Headliners Foo Fighters were undoubtedly the worthiest band of their slot all weekend, and more than met the incredibly high expectations of punters. Melting faces with the crème da la crème of their impressive back catalogue of 16 years, ‘Everlong’, ‘Monkey Wrench’, ‘All My Life’, and ‘The Pretender’ delighted and elated fans of all ages.

T In The Park 2011 closed with a stunning fireworks display set to the soundtrack of a bagpipe version of ‘Flower Of Scotland’, accompanied of course by a patriotic yet riotous sing-along. As always it was a manic weekend of mayhem and music. T 2012 is already the buzz of Facebook, till then…

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