T IN THE PARK
IMAGINE THIS: you run a small. underground club held in a dingy pub attended by loads of your mates in Brixton. Suddenly. one day. you become very fashionable. Your debut LP has folk waxing lyrical on both sides of the Atlantic. you feature on the covers of The Face. Time Out and Mitzi/t and the queues at your now ultra-trendy club run down the street. That‘s pretty much how the last couple of months have gone for Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe. now more famously known as Basement Jaxx. The pair haven't revelled in the hype — rather. they closed the club believing that too many people were turning tip to witness ‘some great event’ instead of just getting sweaty to the music.
‘It has all been pretty attentive for while.‘ considers Buxton. - carefully choosing his words. ‘But we know that this is how the industry works. We‘re jtist kind of going through the motions. it‘s just what you
media naivety there then: Felix is one cat with his realistic glasses firmly on his face. ‘Hopefully people won't get sick of us. and the journalists won't take us to pieces. which they normally do with everyone else. We just have to try and stay otit of the way and keep quiet.‘
A difficult task. since Remedy has been touted ‘the album of the year' and Basement Jaxx the ‘saviours of British house‘. Aside from the hype. how does Felix think people are taking the album? ‘On a CD
do — you get opportunities and you take them.’ No hint of
Bargain basement: Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton
player? Ha ha. No. no. I think that people are taking it very. very well. It seems to have had a good reaction all over the world.‘ But why have they suddenly gone from being a ‘London thing' to a ‘frontlines British thing”? ‘Probably because there‘s a mixture of styles on the album. I think it's kind of celebrating life rather than over-analysing it. Music can get so serious that you forget that people are meant to listen to it and get some hope from it. some sort of reason to get Up in the morning and enjoy life.' And Remedy might just be that reason. (Simone Baird)
Basement Jaxx play live in the Slam Tent, Sat 10 Jul.
Tickets for T in the Park are running out fast at all outlets, so ring your local agent in the first instance to check if any are left. If everything is sold out there, ring other agents or call Way Ahead on 0141 339 8383.
DAY TICKETS £32.50 in advance (subject to booking fee)
WEEKEND TICKETS £58 in advance (subject to booking fee)
CREDIT CARD BOOKINGS
NME Ticketline 0870 121 2500
Way Ahead 0141 339 8383
ONLINE at www.tinthepark.com and at the following official agents: EDINBURGH
Tickets Scotland, Virgin Megastore, Princes Street 0131 220 3234 FALKIRK
Sleeves, 4 Cow Wynd 01324 625275 GLASGOW
Ticketcentre, Candleriggs 0141 287 5511
Tickets Scotland, Virgin Megastore, Argyle Street 0141 204 5151
SECC Box Office, Finnieston0141 287 7777
CAMPING TICKETS £8.50 per person for the weekend, no additional booking fee, in advance from all ticket outlets. The campsite is open from noon on Fri to noon on Mon.
Please note: tents only. Contact the Tourist Board for a list of local sites on: 01577 863680.
16 THE “ST 8—22 Jul 1999
PARKING & TRANSPORT Most of the car parks are on the far Side of the arena, so you Will need to be able to carry your camping gear a fair distance to the campsite.
SHUTTLE BUSES The offiCial Festival shuttle service is operated by First Bus (01698 265337). We strongly adVise people to book shuttle bus tickets well in advance to av0id disappomtment. CAMPSITE SHUTTLE (FRI 9 JUL) The campers ticket can also be purchased for travel on the Sat, returning Sun or Mon (priced as weekend return). GLASGOW (Buchanan Bus Station to T in the Park Campsite)
10am then every 10 minutes until 9pm. Price £12 Weekend Return EDINBURGH (St Andrews Sq. Bus Station to T in the Park Campsite) 10am then every 15 minutes until 9pm. Price £7 Weekend Return
PERTH (Bus Station to T in the Park Campsite)
Noon then every 30 minutes until 9pm. Price £5 Weekend Return. CAMPSITE RETURN (MON 12 JUL) TO GLASGOW 6am then every 10 minutes until 1pm. Campers weekend return ticket, or £10 single.
TO EDINBURGH 6am then every 15 minutes until 1pm. Campers weekend return ticket, or £7 single.
TO PERTH 6am then every 30 minutes until 1pm. Campers weekend return
ticket, or £5 single.
DAY SHUTTLES (SAT 10/SUN 11 JUL)
(Buchanan Bus Station to T in the Park Festival)
8am then every 10 minutes until 2pm then every 30 minutes until 6pm. Buses return from the Festival every 5 minutes between 9.30pm and midnight. Price £10 Day Return.
(St Andrew’s Sq. Bus Station to T in the Park Festival)
8.30am then every 10 minutes until 2pm then every 30 minutes until 6pm. Buses return from the Festival every 5 minutes between 9.30pm and midnight. Price £7 Day Return
SHUTTLE BUS TICKET OUTLETS
By credit card from Way Ahead 0141 339 8383
Online at www.tickets-online.co.uk
Tickets Scotland, Virgin Megastore, Princes Street.
St Andrews Square bus station and local First Lowland travel centres
GLASGOW Tickets Scotland, Virgin Megastore, Argyle Street.
SPT travel centres including Buchanan Bus Station, St Enoch's Square, Hillhead, Cumbernauld, Kirkintilloch
Impulse Records, Motherwell
As well as the bands and DJs announced in full running order in the last issue of The List (and included in this issue as an added extra for those buying the magazine at T in the Park) there’s plenty of entertainment on offer.
The big topped Warm-Up/Chill-Out tent features trip hop 015, an acoustic stage (featuring Eric Lindsay of Whiteout and KeVin McDermott) and screenings of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barre/s and Ve/vet Goldmine. Stars of the Ceilidh Tent include Govan Spoonful (Winners of the World Ceilidh Band Award at the Bute Folk Festival), Haud Yer Wheesht, The Picts and The Gary Blair Band.
And, while out on the site wandering among the stalls and fairground attractions, watch out for street theatre antics in the shape of Glasgow's Mischief La Bas and Nottingham's Theatre Bazarre. At T in the Park, you've got to expect the unexpected.