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T in Park goes out with a big bang at Balado

SCOTLAND'S biggest music festival has shut the gates for the last time on its Balado home.

MODFATHER: Paul Weller was among those thrilling the crowds on T in the Park's final day at Balado. Pictures: Julie Howden
MODFATHER: Paul Weller was among those thrilling the crowds on T in the Park's final day at Balado. Pictures: Julie Howden

The Arctic Monkeys ended the weekend as headliners on T in the Park's main stage as the festival prepares for a move across Perthshire.

The capacity crowd was treated to glorious sunshine days over the festival's three days, with light showers on Saturday night the only blot on an otherwise dry weekend.

In keeping with Homecoming Scotland 2014, this year's line-up had a decidedly Scottish feel to it, with headliners Biffy Clyro, Paolo Nutini and Calvin Harris the pick of a heady home-grown contingent.

Hollywood superstar Will Smith also made an appearance to thrill the crowd watching Scots DJ Calvin Harris.

More than 85,000 music fans from across the globe attended this year's T in the Park, making it the fifth largest town in Scotland over the festival weekend.

Lauren Rutherford, 20, a student from Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, said: "This is my third time camping at T and it's definitely been the best one yet.

"The weather really makes a difference to the atmosphere in the arena and makes it feel more like a holiday than a festival. I couldn't imagine a summer without it."

T in the Park has been based at the disused Balado Airfield since a move from Strathclyde Country Park, Lanarkshire, in 1997 saw the festival's capacity more than quadruple.

The four-day music showcase has spent 18 years on this site but has been forced to find a new home amid safety concerns surrounding an oil pipeline that runs underneath the site, near Kinross.

Next year the festival will move to Strahallan Castle, near Auchterarder in Perthshire.

Event organiser Geoff Ellis said: "We're all really excited about moving on. It's sad but at the same time exciting.

"We've got new ideas to implement so it's basically a blank canvas.

"Today has really just been a celebration of Balado and everything it's given us over the years and what a way to go: great weather and great bands for a sold-out crowd.

Police Scotland praised the behaviour of fans over the weekend, with arrest figures down on last year and the crowds said to have engaged well with officers.

More than 700 people were treated in the campsite medical tents for minor ailments and sunburn, with the good weather taking the brunt of the blame.

Today will see the last stragglers leave the campsite and the start of a two-week long clean-up process before planning gets under way for next year's event - and the big move to a new site.

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