Gary Flockhart: Lots of tasty stuff on menu at T

Paloma Faith. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
Paloma Faith. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
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UNLIKE Glastonbury, there’s no Pharrell to get happy or Kanye to get on everyone’s nerves – but this weekend’s T in the Park is not short on stellar names.

Topping the bill at Scotland’s biggest music fest are lager-infused lad bands Kasabian, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, along with top pop and dance names including Avicii, Rudimental, David Guetta, Sam Smith and Paloma Faith (pictured).

The majority of those heading to T in the Park will know all about that lot, but, like any fest, there’s plenty worth checking out further down the bill.

The first name I’d recommend is Ella Eyre, a singer so hot right now you’d better take care not to burn your fingers as you read this.

The 21-year-old Londoner, who also happens to be the new face of the latest fragrance from Emporio Armani, is best known for her collaborations with dance act Rudimental on their No.1 single Waiting All Night, and with DJ Fresh on his single Gravity.

Ella’s own debut album, Feline, is out next month and you can bet she’ll be a lot higher up the pecking order next time she plays – so take this chance to see her while you can still get close to the stage.

Lucy Rose is another who isn’t yet a household name but soon will be. The Warwickshire lass road-tested her second album at Electric Circus in March – and went down a storm.

Others not to miss include the brilliantly-shambolic Palma Violets, indie buzzband Wolf Alice and Scots electropoppers Prides, who make history by becoming the first band to play the main stage at T in the Park’s new Strathallan Castle home.

Whenever I go to T in the Park, two stages I make a beeline for are the BBC Introducing Stage and the T Break Stage – because this is where the real surprises are to be found.

If you want to see some of the stars of tomorrow today, I suggest you do the same.

Enjoy your ‘T’, folks.