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T time for music fans at festival

People at the festival
About 85,000 people are expected on each day of the festival

Thousands of music fans basked in the sun at the opening of Scotland's biggest music festival, T in the Park.

More than 120 bands and singers including Kings of Leon, the Killers, Snow Patrol and Blur will entertain the crowds at Balado, Kinross-shire.

Other acts taking to the stages include Lady Gaga, the Pet Shop Boys, Lily Allen, Katy Perry and Paolo Nutini.

About 85,000 people are expected to attend each day of the three-day festival

Fans have travelled from as far as Australia and New Zealand to attend.

The children are grown up, I'm now back with a vengeance
Festival-goer Lisa Smith

Director Geoff Ellis said he hoped people would be pleased with the line-up, which stretches across 12 stages.

He said: "We're very excited just seeing people coming into the campsite with smiles on their faces.

"There is an air of anticipation and when you have been planning an event all year it is great to see it come to fruition."

The sunshine should continue on Saturday but rain is expected overnight and on Sunday.

Mr Ellis added: "We want people to enjoy themselves but do it safely. So drink water, put on sunscreen and bring something warm for the evening and rainwear."


BBC Scotland's Pauline McLean samples the atmosphere at Balado as tens of thousands of music fans gather for T in the Park

James Morrison was one of the first acts to appear. Speaking beforehand, he said he was hoping to rouse the crowd with an energetic set.

He said: "I think they're going to need something to wake them up, because they're probably all drunk and have been asleep all day. So I'll try something up, definitely."

He opened with The Only Night and Under The Influence, followed by his first single You Give Me Something.

Lisa Smith, 44, was making her fourth visit to the festival after a five year absence.

"The children are grown up, I'm now back with a vengeance," she explained.

About 65,000 people will camp at the festival, which turns the site into Scotland's fifth biggest town.

Additional security, including a night vision camera, will be in place this year following a stabbing at the 2008 event.

Police have warned festival-goers to be aware of pickpockets, look after their mobile phones, and that those found with drugs would be arrested.

Event manager Colin Rodger added: "T in the Park is about common sense, if you come along you look after yourself.

"You make sure that when you're partying you keep it to a sensible level and make sure that you know exactly where your friends are, where to meet up if you get lost, use your suntan lotion, drink plenty of water, etc."

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