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Friday, July 9, 1999 Published at 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK


Crowds 'T'd up for park life

The stage is set for a musical weekend

Tickets for Scotland's T in the Park music festival are going for more than a song, according to organisers of this year's event.

With a capacity of 50,000 per day, organisers revealed on Thursday that all tickets for Saturday's events at Balado, near Kinross, had gone, with only a few tickets available for the Sunday performances.

BBC Scotland's Pauline McLean takes centre stage
Weekend passes were also reported to be "very scarce".

Few spaces are left for those who plan to indulge in on-site camping, a trend which has grown in popularity in recent years.

The sixth successive T in the Park has attracted some of the biggest names in the business, with Blur, The Beautiful South, Massive Attack and Manic Street Preachers expected to wow audiences on the main stage.

[ image: Blur are among headline acts]
Blur are among headline acts
Organisers - mindful of Glastonbury's past weather woes - are hoping it will be a case of the Beautiful North over the weekend.

Co-founder Jeff Ellis said the move from Glasgow had meant a much greater capacity and the event was now attracting people from all over Scotland.

And before a band had played a note this year, he revealed: "We are already talking to some people about next year."

Farmer Douglas Alexander, whose land is hosting the event, said: "It's absolutely superb, the whole buzz that it gives Kinross-shire.

"The whole place is on a high. Everybody comes here for the music and artists want to come and enjoy themselves."

Pauline McLean talks to the organisers
BBC Scotland's TV weatherman, Gordon McKinistry, forecasts the weather should hold up for the occasion.

"Saturday should be okay, but there is a risk of a shower, possibly heavy, in the afternoon. Sunday will be better with warm and sunny spells," he said.

Organisers are advising people to come well prepared for the elements.

[ image: Sara Cox: Presenting highlights]
Sara Cox: Presenting highlights
T in the Park spokeswoman Joanne Stewart said: "You can't ever predict the weather in Scotland. We have arranged additional cover this year and we have outside heaters ready in case the weather gets colder.

"People should bring waterproofs just in case, and if it is really hot they must remember to drink lots of water."

BBC Scotland will have coverage of the highlights of the weekend, with former Girlie Show presenter Sara Cox and TV presenter Dougie Vipond acting as hosts.

Those who have not secured tickets for the event can tune in to coverage on BBC One Scotland on Saturday at 11.20pm and on Sunday at 11.45pm.

BBC Two Scotland is offering a series of highlights programmes from Friday at 11.15pm, and there will be live coverage of the event on BBC Choice from 8pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

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