T in the Park has been stunning the crowds for some 20 years, and has well and truly cemented it's position as Scotland's top music festival, reports Linda Howard.

This festival has worked its way from humble beginnings at Strathclyde Park, Lanarkshire, to become a festival that organisers, workers, fans and the industry are proud to be involved and associated with.

This year sees the highly anticipated move to Strathallan Castle, Perthshire where crowds of up to 250,000 are expected along with 70, 000 campers to enjoy three days of music from over 100 artists including headline acts The Libertines, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Kasabian.

Here are some of the T in the Park moments we will never forget:

1995 Festival

Kylie Minogue played second fiddle to M People and the Beautiful South on the Sunday Main Stage. Noel Gallagher joined Paul Weller on stage, while Kermit from the Black Grapes had broken his ankle earlier in the day. He refused to go to hospital and instead performed with the rest of the band whilst sitting down on the stage.

Joe Strummer and Keanu Reeves 1996

The 1996 festival was the final event in Strathclyde Park, but it also saw the introduction of the T Break stage (replacing the Caledonia Stage). The late Joe Strummer, ex-frontman of The Clash, was spotted busking in the campsite and Speed actor Keanu Reeves arrived on a shuttle bus for his gig with band Dogstar.

World Cup 1998

Large television screens were used so all football fans could watch the 1998 World cup final between Brazil and France (France won 3-0).

Idlewild 1998

Now known as purveyors of shiny indie rock, a brazen young Edinburgh band called Idlewild rocked up the 1998 festival, three months before the release of their first full-length album, Hope is Important.

Travis 2000

When they headlined the festival in 2000, few recognised the band that had appeared as Glass Onion at the inaugural festival in 1994.

Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller 2001 When Noel Gallagher came to hang out at the festival and enjoy T in the Park as a regular festival-goer, he took stage two by surprise and joined Paul Weller for an acoustic set including the Jam classics That's Entertainment, and A Town Called Malice.

New Order and Brandon Flowers 2005 Performing a career-spanning set that included some Joy Division classics, the band then went on to say that T in the Park was the best festival they had ever played. The real memorable moment, however, was when Brandon Flowers of The Killers asked if he could join the band to perform Crystal, apt because The Killers took their name from the fictitious band contained in the song's video.

The 2006 Festival

Tickets for the 2006 festival sold out in record time - under an hour, while weekend camping tickets appeared on eBay for up to £700. Headliners included The Who, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand.

Mumford & Sons 2009

Four relatively unknown Londoners opened the King Tut's Tent in 2009 and returned within four years to headline the festival.

Florence and the Machine 2009

Four days after releasing debut album?¯Lungs?¯- a young?¯Florence Welch?¯took to the tiny Futures Stage to play through an album which would, within 18 months, earn her a Brit Award, a Grammy nomination and a place on TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Nicki Minaj, 2012

The US singer was added to the 2012 bill just hours after it was confirmed that New Order and the Happy Mondays would be playing over the weekend. It was revealed Minaj's demands at her Superbowl gig had included two dozen roses, a gallon of lemonade and a number of scented candles.

Stone Roses 2012

After a series of comeback gigs at Manchester's Heaton Park, Dublin Phoenix Park and Parr Hall in Warrington the Stone Roses headlined the Saturday main stage.


Kraftwerk 2013

The German electronic quartet brought their Trans-Europe Express to Scotland in July 2013, in the form of a 3D concert.


Will Smith 2014

Hollywood A-lister Will Smith appeared on the Main Stage at midnight to introduce his superstar DJ pal Calvin Harris.

Imagine Dragons 2014

The American rockers played a blinder when they decided to cover?¯The Proclaimers classic I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

Biffy Clyro 2014

The homecoming heroes spent the past 14 years clawing their way up the poster, stage-by-stage, slot-by-slot and in their 10th Balado appearance, closed the Friday Main Stage.

Pharrell Williams 2014

Breaking the mould of similarity in line-ups of recent years, Oscar nominated Pharrell Williams brought his hit-bag and got the crowd extra Happy despite the downpours.

Twin Atlantic bidding Balado Bye Bye 2014

Scottish rockers frontman Sam McTrusty paid a touching farewell to the site he used to visit as a fan after saving up his money to buy tickets. "This is the festival we used to save up our money to buy tickets for. If you're in a band and you hope that one day you could play T in the Park, never give up, it happens. So bye, bye Balado, it's been an honour."