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VIP- News - August 2011took when they staged the first event in1994 when the event drew an audience of18,000 a day has paid off, and now attractsmore like 80,000. Main sponsor, Tennents,the brewer, signed a five-year extension toits sponsorship in 2009.This year’s edition was considered oneof the best yet, perhaps the best ever, interms of atmosphere. The 18-year-old festivalclosed on Sunday 11th July, after fullonperformances from some of the greatestacts in the world including arguably, sixheadliners: Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, FooFighters, The Strokes, Beyonce & Pulp, aswell as outstanding sets from the likes ofSwedish House Mafia, Primal Scream, PlanB, The Script, Slash, My Chemical Romance,Tom Jones and Tinie Tempah.T in the Park also offered music from ScottishOpera, covering a variety of genres.The festival also supported home growngrassroots talent through its T-Break initiativeand the best of up and coming UKtalent through BBC Introducing.The Festival remained trouble free; crimefigures were down with 53 arrests beingmade between Thursday’s opening nightand top billing Foo Fighters closing theevent at midnight on Sunday. This figurecompares with 64 arrests at the same timelast year, 59 in 2009 and 69 in 2008. Most ofthe arrests were for misuse of drugs, theftand breach of the peace.In his role as Festival Director, Geoff Ellissaid, “We were delighted with the behaviourof the fans throughout T in The Park.Even a deluge of rain on Sunday failed todampen the great-natured and carnivalspirit of the crowd.Event CommanderChief Superintendent Craig Suttie andhis team led the way with the communitystyle policing of his officers and it workedsuperbly well. This, along with the excellentwork of the stewards, made this oneof the best – and safest – T in the Parksever.”The Festival’s Citizen T initiative introducedlast year also played its part. An innovativeprogramme that encourages people tolook out for their neighbours and the environmentaround the festival site, Festivalgoers are encouraged to sign up to theCitizen T manifesto, which is based aroundthe following five-points1: This is our Festival: We pledgeallegiance to T in the Park andbelieve in being good citizens.2: Everybody needs goodneighbours; we pledge to lookafter each other.3: It’s all about the T CommunityFestival staff are here to help.Have fun but stay safe.4: Bin it; Rubbish belongs in thebin. We’ll make sure it getsthere.5: A Tent is for life not just for T;We’ll take it home and re-use itThe Edge Festivaltakes place throughoutthe month of August, and is a series ofover 40 gigs, taking place across variousvenues in Edinburgh alongside the EdinburghComedy Festival, part of one of themost famous Arts Festivals in the world, ina move which brings together two of thestrongest forms of entertainment.Highlights of this year’s edition includeThe National, Jimmy Eat World, Example,Wiz Khalifa, Gomez, The Vaccines, Panic!At The Disco, Morcheeba, Tim Booth, Guillemots,Newton Faulkner, Heather Peace,Charlie Simpson, Admiral Fallow, WillyMason, Jackie Leven and king of comedyshow Jackass, Steve–O.Speaking on the morning of the programmelaunch, promoter Dave Corbetsaid: “We’re delighted to be joining forceswith the Edinburgh Comedy Festival thisyear and are pleased to be in such goodcompany. Music and Comedy have alwaysbeen great bedfellows and from the feedbackwe’ve had previously, people attendingthe festival like to build an eveningof entertainment so what better than tocatch a comedy show AND attend a gig?DF has also involved itself with shows outsidethe music industry, such as GlasgowOn Ice and Radiance Glasgow’s inauguralfestival of light. And it steps outsideof Scotland every now and then, havingworked on outdoor events in Prague, Berlin,Val d’Isere and Moscow, and stagedmusic and extreme sports festivals in Valenciaand Versailles.Geoff Ellis CEO DF ConcertsGeoff Ellis commented: “Citizen T generatesa feeling of being part of one big family– it harnesses the already legendarycampsite atmosphere and is an initiativewhich has been embraced by our audience.We will certainly be looking to expandon this again next year.”Following this outstanding festival weekend,T in the Park’s early bird tickets for the2012 edition sold out once again, provingthat demand for the festival remains ashigh as ever. T in the Park 2012 will takeplace from 6 – 8th July as usual at Balado,by Kinross for the festival’s 19th year.The promoting business is not always aneasy business and profit margins are notwhat they were in the heydays of the 70’sand DF has like many had its problems attimes, like going into the red in 2008 whentrying to establish The Hydro ConnectFestival - the antidote to T in the Park, aboutique gathering on the grounds of theDuke of Argyll’s Inveraray Castle, but theCompany bounced back and continues tobuild. DF has certainly built a reputation,and it continues to involve itself in industryissues with Geoff Ellis serving as an executivemember of the Concert Promoter’sAssociation in the UK.www.gigsinscotland.com21VIP-BOOKING.COM

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