Just got back and showered having done Thu-Mon.
Got the bus from Edinburgh, traffic was much better. Easy getting in, no transport queues. How it should be. Arrived and short walk to security, got through all that in maybe 20 minutes tops, again hassle free and simple. Walked to Green C to camp (probably about 4pm) at this point to find plenty of good camping spots. Set up, popped to BeChilled and enjoyed the glorious sunshine. Went to see Hot Dub Time Machine, which was a brilliant night as always. Thought the walk to Tuts that enter me via yellow campsite was very long, decided not to go that way again.
Friday was similarly good weather. Lineup was a wee bit sparse for me that day, so I only saw 3 acts. Augustines who were a little disappointing I thought, better on record I think. Disclosure on the main stage were cracking, and had a decent sized crowd. Then went to see Bloodlines at T Break who were fantastic, before heading back to the tent.
Also chatted with some staff about the lack of a big wheel this year (despite it still being on all the marketing material?) and apparently DF couldn't afford it for 2016. Same with the Bomber ride. Supposedly budgets for security and commodities had all been slashed too (though the toilets were generally ok this year). Also mentioned that apparently T had averaged about 30,000 tickets per day out of the 85,000 capacity. Explains why we were seeing tiny crowds everywhere. A another little sign of the state of affairs was the four flags either side of the main stage. They were from Download festival, T apparently didn't spend the money to make their own so Festival Republic just borrowed some.
Saturday had many clashes. Think the line up should have been better distributed. Saw a bit of Jack Garrat, who isn't really my kind of thing but fair play he's talented. Fatherson were fantastic in Tuts, and I followed them up with VANT and Basement. Both played really well, but Basement had a tiny crowd which was a real shame. Then I stuck to the main stage for The Last Shadow Puppets, Bastille, and Calvin Harris, and the rain of biblical proportions. In 2012 it was sort of moderate rain but constantly, this year it was all of the rain in the world in the space of about an hour. But those three acts were all good, Bastille particularly were fantastic and solidified their position as future headliners.
Sunday began with Slaves, loved it. FIDLAR also put on a good show in Tuts. Caught the end of Maximo Park, bit dull, saw James Bay play Hold Back The River to a huge crowd, then saw Man of Moon on BBC Introducing. Very good. Walked out to hear the beginning of Insomnia in the distance so rushed over to the main stage and watched a bit of Faithless. Then went back to T Break to see The Lapelles who were superb. They are going places. Watched about 10 minutes of Major Lazer before deciding it was too shit to continue, so went to see Craig David for a laugh. Was also pretty poor but good fun. Then went to LCD Soundsystem who had a shockingly (actually not really) small crowd. Loved them, it was one of my favourite ever T performances. Got a bit teary during New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down. But a bit bittersweet, as my friends and I realised perhaps we've grown out of T. Maybe we should try a festival where LCD Soundystem draw a big crowd.
I think that bittersweetness was the overall impression I took from the weekend. I've always enjoyed T, I enjoyed it this weekend, but I think it is going to die in the next 5 years. Maybe next year if they decide to not continue when the 3 year license at Strathallan runs out. And even if it does continue, perhaps it's time I moved on. T was a huge part of my teenage and early 20s years, but I think I need to pass the baton over to the 16 year olds of today.