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Saturday, 8 July, 2000, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Music festival 'Ts' off
Stage and fans
An estimated 47,000 were at Saturday's event
Music fans at T In The Park have been enjoying the first day of Scotland's biggest rock festival.

Organisers of the event at Balado, near Kinross, said long traffic queues into the event were due to the large number of vehicles converging on the area.

The Big Day Out team said 47,000 people were expected to attend the first day of the two-day event , with an equal number due to pass through the gates on Sunday.

All Saints
All Saints were one of the first groups on stage

Around 30,000 of the music fans were expected to camp overnight at the site - a former airfield.

Among the acts listed for the eight stages on Saturday were American star Moby, girl group All Saints, Gomez, Fun Lovin' Criminals and Ocean Colour Scene.

Organisers said they were enforcing their warning that tickets which went missing en-route to a ticket agent would not be honoured and that anyone trying to enter the festival using them would be turned away.

Tayside Police said there had been eight arrests by Saturday afternoon and all of those were for minor offences including three for drug offences.

A spokesman said plainclothes officers were mingling with the crowd and that a helicopter was relaying images of the event back to the police control room.

'Secure as possible'

The organisers were playing down concerns over security after a recent tragedy which saw nine people killed at a music festival in Denmark.

Stuart Clumpas said: "We were fairly sure our site was as secure as possible.

"Of course these things which take place which everybody assumes are a possibility but unlikely, when they do happen it's prudent to review everything.

"The one area where we thought we were not so much exposed, but had a potential risk was in our tent with Moby, Moby being very much the artist of the moment.

Fans were savouring the festival atmosphere

"We've managed to shuffle around, twist a few arms and plead with people and Moby is now on the main stage and we've managed to extend the times on Saturday to 11.45pm to accommodate that."

Inspector Jim Leslie, of Tayside Police, said: "I know that Big Day Out have looked very closely at the circumstances around Roskilde which is a very different type of event from T In The Park.

"Here we have a number of different acts spread throughout a large area, whereas there is really one central stage.

"However, they've employed Rock Steady Security who are extremely professional in the stewarding of large numbers of people and I'm quite confident they have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that tragedy is not repeated here."

BBC One Scotland is showing highlights of T In The Park at midnight on Saturday and 2340BST on Sunday.

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