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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 July, 2003, 23:21 GMT 00:21 UK
Coldplay take T in the park
T stage
More than 55,000 people enjoyed the music and sunshine in Balado
Coldplay brought the curtain down on Scotland's biggest music festival, which was this weekend celebrating its 10th birthday.

The Grammy award winners delighted 55,000 fans at T in the Park on a disused air field in Balado, near Kinross, on Sunday.

Singer Chris Martin raised cheers when he changed the final lines to the group's new single God Put A Smile Upon Your Face to: "God gave you light and gave you dark/God gave you tickets for T in the Park".

Speculation had been mounting all day about whether the singer's fiancée Gwyneth Paltrow would attend the festival but there was no sign of the actress as the band took to the stage.

It was a second day of sunshine for the festival and by mid afternoon Tayside Primary Care NHS Trust stall ran out of sun cream as temperatures soared to 21C.


US supergroup REM were the main attraction on Saturday.

Singer Michael Stipe told the crowd: "We are REM. This is what we do," before launching into Finest Work Song, from one of their early albums, Document.

The group then played another two songs from their back catalogue, Get Up and Begin The Begin, before playing Imitation of Life from their most recent album Reveal.

The revellers gave the band a rousing reception and waved saltire flags and a variety of inflatables during the performance.

More than 120 acts performed across nine stages over the weekend.

Jack McConnell
First Minister Jack McConnell takes time out from running Scotland
Scotland's First Minister Jack McConnell visited T in the Park for the first time.

He said: "I am here because this is one of the biggest and best events taking place in Scotland.

"Its great to see so many young people enjoying themselves and the festival is very valuable to both the local and the national economy.

"It also offers a great opportunity to showcase the Scottish music industry and symbolises the modern Scotland that we want to portray."

Mr McConnell watched some new bands in one of the festival tents and then took in the Sugababes on the main stage.

Pop favourites the Sugababes, Liverpudlian newcomers The Coral, Welsh band Feeder and indie veterans The Charlatans were also appearing on the main stage on Sunday.

Tayside Police have praised the crowd for their good behaviour and said there had only been 24 arrests for minor offences since fans started arriving at the campsite on Friday.


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