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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 17:34 GMT 18:34 UK
Revellers rock at T in the Park
The Darkness headlined the first day of T in the Park
Thousands of revellers have been soaking up the sounds and a little sunshine at the T in the Park festival.

More than 120,000 tickets were sold for the Scotland's biggest music festival at Balado in Perth and Kinross.

Police said there had been 42 arrests by Sunday afternoon, a figure which is on par with last year's event.

The majority of arrests were for drugs-related offences and theft. Rock band The Darkness were Saturday's headline act with The Strokes closing Sunday.

Highland dress

Brit Award winners The Darkness treated fans to all the favourites from their hit album Permission to Land, as they urged them to wave lighters in the air for Love is only a Feeling.

They prompted massive sing-alongs with Get Your hands Off My Woman and Touching You.

The band also wished David Bowie, who had been due to appear until ill-health forced him to cancel, a speedy recovery.

In true Scottish style a full pipe band, in full highland dress, joined the glam-rockers on stage to end their set with Love On The Rocks (with no ice).

As well as catching their favourite bands on the eight stages, many fans also queued for hours to meet their idols in the NME signing tent.


Throughout the weekend some of the festival's biggest names visited the tent to sign the wellies, clothes and bodies of their fans.

"It's been awesome, we have had queues of up to 3,000 people waiting to meet the bands," said Nick New, who runs the signing tent.

"The most popular band has been the Libertines, they had some very emotional fans.

"Many of them were screaming, they were all getting things signed - wellies, flags, clothes, faces - and lots of other body parts.

"The local crowd went nuts for Snow Patrol, there was around 2,000 people here for them."

Grand finale

On Sunday, Scottish band Franz Ferdinand sent the crowd into a frenzy playing hits including The Dark of the Matinee and Take me Out.

Introducing Come On Home, the band's frontman, Alex Kapranos, said: "This is something I've wanted to do for a while."

On the main stage, New York disco queens The Scissor Sisters got into the Scottish festival spirit with frontman Jake Shears wearing a tartan toga.

The star proved he was an honorary Scotsman by whipping off his underwear and throwing it at the crowd half way through the set - before stripping completely for a grand finale.




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