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Some good things you might want to keep to y0urself. Threadless is one of them. a site selling new T-shirts in a rainbow of glorious colours. They add an interactive element to the mix: if you really can't find the shirt that‘s perfect for you then submit yOur own design.



Given the feverish attention that those few spare tickets for T in the Park have been getting on eBay. maybe it‘s time to cast the net wider and discover the broader world of UK's music festivals. Efestivals is a hub for breaking news. ticket contacts. rumours and reports for every outdoor shindig. big and small.

Everyone has a price. Bill ‘KLF' Drummond reckons. Now he has given us this site to offer services for a price. Already there's the ab3urd: ‘I will push vegetables thr0ugh your letterbox’ and the vindictive: ‘I will seduce the


boyfriend of someone you dislike'. Oddly

useful for that itch you just can't seratch


Unlike some of the great festivals of the past, T in the Park is just a big, commercially successful weekend of music. And in many ways it’s better for that.

very summer. when festival season comes

round. there‘s a lot of talk about the spirit of

Woodstock. the iconic hippy event at which Joan. Janis. Jimi. the Grateful Dead et al became musical legends in 1969. Staged on a farm 7() miles west of New York City. Woodstock was a free festival that attracted at least half a million visitors in a weekend: most of them got their kit off and wigged out in a haze of dope smoke and psychedelia. Today's festivals are. it‘s argued. a far cry from that heady

weekend. Glastonbury. launched in 1970 by one of

Britain‘s few liberal farmers. Michael Eavis. was once the closest thing we got to the idea of a free-ish festival with the minimum of rules and the maximum of love. mud and psychoactive chemicals. But the hard-nosed players moved in; the fences got built. and the whole organisation became more. well. grown up. Visitors to Glastonbury have also grown old with the festival. and today not only do the rebellious twentysomethings flock down the M5. but so do their fiftysomething parents. This year‘s appearance of English National Opera at Glastonbury seemed to confirm that along with Haight Ashbury and Hoxton Square. the last bastion of free love has been annexed by the yuppies. By the same token. it would be easy to be sniffy about T in the Park which. of course. was never launched with any political or philosophical pretensions. Since it kicked off 1 1 years ago. T in the

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Marco Student

I th0ught It was really good and funnier than the first one. It was cliche after cliche but I liked it.

6 THE LIST 8—22 Jul 2004

Maria Unemployed

It was fantastic. I w0uld definitely say that it's a lot better than the first one.

Park has been about bringing together some big name bands and as large a crowd as possible. and making some money in the process. With probably its most eclectic line-up yet. this year‘s event sold out in record time and despite the last minute withdrawal of headliner David Bowie. a huge financial success is guaranteed again.

But behind the cynicism there are more complex arguments. For a start. the people who backed Woodstock were also emphatically in it for the money: they just got it badly wrong. Only a last minute planning cock up forced them to turn it into a free gig. and it took them years to recoup their crippling losses. The hippy spirit with which we associate the event was largely brought to it by its vast audience. rather than being part of its organisation. By comparison. T in the Park may not be carrying a political torch for anything. but its growing clout enables it to bring together a line- up that is easily as good as any of Britain‘s other festivals. OK. it's not breaking many genuinely unknown bands: even on its smaller stages the Balado event consists predominantly of bands who have already been noticed by industry insiders. But right now. T in the Park adds up to the most exciting rock music event for a broad audience currently taking place in Scotland. And if only for the chance to see the Pixies alongside Franz Ferdinand‘s triumphant homecoming. this year’s ticket price is worthwhile.


Young girl

didn't have a particular favourite

Character. They

were all my favourite. thought it was really good.’



I thought it was better and funnier than the first one. There was much more niulti level humour which only adults would understand. It was one of the funniest films I've ever seen.