“My Mummy Rocks”

So says one of Owen’s t-shirts, and last weekend I really proved it right.  At last it was time for my Christmas present from Bryan.  I had had it in my possession for some time but the wee bit of paper wasn’t doing much for me, despite its shiny hologram, except for giving me a great sense of anticipation.  So what was the present – a weekend camping T in the Park ticket obviously!  As many of you will know, I go most years.  I did miss the first 2 years, then I think the year before we got married as I was saving for the honeymoon, last year I was pregnant so decided against it and the year before that we were saving up to start a family so I was good then too.  Several times I have said “this year is my last”, and I have said that a few times in the past couple of weeks it must be said.  Well, we’ll see huh?!

This year as well as the fact that I didn’t pay for my ticket (thanks Bryan, love you!) I also got wonderful accommodation.  My dear cousin Lynne had offered me space on her floor in Kinross when I said I was going.  She then bought a new house – in Newburgh, in January!  Whilst I was happy for her to have a lovely new house I was slightly distraught at where I would sleep – I really am too old/boring to be in a field with a load of drunken folks!  Anyway as time wore on the flat in Kinross wasn’t selling, so I eventually put on my “if you don’t ask you don’t get” cheeky hat and asked Lynne what she thought.  So Lydia and I had a lovely dry flat to live in for the weekend, with running water, a clean toilet, a fridge and a shower.  Hurrah!  T in the Park is lovely enough to provide a free bus to and fro Kinross so we were sorted!  We did walk out to the field on the Friday in case the bus didn’t work out, thinking it was easier to find the route in the daylight, but after that we bussed back and forth.

Our line up was:

Friday                 Editors, La Roux, Matthew P, Florence and the Machine, Muse and Calvin Harris
Saturday             a bit of Scouting For Girls (stupid queuing), Newton Faulkner, Joshua Radin, The Proclaimers, Shed Seven, Vampire Weekend (girls mud fighting, hilarious), Skerryvore ceilidh band, Paolo Nutini, 30 Seconds to Mars, Mumford and Sons and then Eminem
Sunday                Skunk Anansie, The View, Tricky, Ellie Goulding, a bit of Dizzee Rascal, Gossip, Biffy Clyro , Jay-Z, Bombay Bicycle Club, Madness and KASABIAN

You can see my photos and videos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stupidgirl_no1/sets/72157624479752132/  If you hit the Slideshow option at the top right apparently you can waste 35 minutes of your life sitting back and watching my weekend, but make sure you have your speakers on as its the music that counts!

Lydia and I were most pleased that we only saw one person each with wellies the same as ours.  I love my peacock feathers!
T in the Park 2010 - clean wellies

Highlights of the weekend were: Mumford and Sons, Calvin Harris, Kasabian, dancing to Eminem’s Loose Yourself in The Moment in a big open space with Lydia in the dark, watching some girls mud wrestling (nearly peed myself laughing!) and a very nice pie and chips that just hit the spot!

Being old and boring I was most impressed at the caring additions that T in the Park had made to previous years: folk walking round with free water and fruit, the picnic tables where we managed to sit at for each of our meals, laminated pouches for tickets so they didn’t get dog eared and soggy, and hand sanitisers near each block of toilets.  The toilets seemed to stay rather usable and supplied with toilet paper all weekend – we only had one bad experience but that was a back corner row of 8 cubicles that didn’t have supervisors watching over them – we should have guessed and ran away rather than using them and nearly puking!!!!  There is also now a Healthy T area with local, good food.  We ate in the main arena for our first meal and then found the special fenced off bit – and didn’t eat anywhere else for the rest of the weekend!  I had an amazing Roast lamb with rosemary and thyme roll (wholemeal of course) with salad and homemade coleslaw one time and yummy lamb stovies another.  There was also an orgasmically good chocolate muffin at one point…

I thought it was good on the Saturday how the main bands were staggered – so we managed to see just about everyone we wanted, Sunday they were more similar times so this wasn’t so easy to do.  This is always a problem for me – wanting to see everyone that is on and being limited by the time/space issues.  When 3 different stages have bands you want to see on at the same time it is logistically impossible to see them all and so you have to miss someone out (sorry Ash!  I wanted to see you but just couldn’t!  And Faithless and Prodigy).

Talking of problems with music – what was up with the sound system?!  NME and Main Stage both seemed to have issues all through the weekend.  You won’t have known if you watched on TV as of course the camera was right there but we could hardly hear Florence and the Machine and there were others that were bad too.  Biffy Clyro were painful to hear from where we were, so we left – we’re seeing them in November anyway and were actually getting to the point of thinking we should sell our tickets! 

This year there were some lovely colourful flags on the stage between Main Stage and King Tut’s tent.  Although they were really nice to look at they were awful in the wind and it was terribly windy early on, on the Sunday.  We were sat at a picnic table under the flags for lunch listening to The View – or rather trying to!  You actually couldn’t hear the band over the noise of the wind in the flags.  Gutting!  Unfortunately the wind also meant the wee screens to each side of the main stage had to be taken down, well I presume that’s why they went down low and then went back up later.  This was a shame too as you couldn’t see the performers so well, but understandable in the wind! 

The weather was very mixed, Friday it rained as we drove down but was dry all the time we were outside.  Saturday started off raining but dried up before I got soaked through!  We did start to feel a bit miserable at one point but went to the Ceilidh Tent and got warm and dry – and discovered a fab band called Skerryvole!  I do love a man in a kilt, as you maybe know, and I am always in awe of anyone playing the pipes as I failed miserably at learning to play just the chanter!  Sunday was dry but windy – and it got a bit too sunny for my liking, I do burn easily!
T in the Park 2010 - me in a Mucky Puddle, Peppa Pig style

Anyway that’s a wee overview of our weekend, could wax lyrical about the bands we saw but that would just bore most of you so suffice to say I had a fab time and really enjoyed myself, just disappointed about some of the sound quality – after all it is the music I go for!
T in the Park 2010 - Lydia dancing to Eminem

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