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T in the Park 2012 gets under way as excited fans descend on Balado
The gates have been flung open and the first lot of tents pitched as crowds of thousands start to descend on Balado for this year’s Ti n the Park.
Last night 30,000 excited music lovers camped at the site, with the most eager arriving from 2pm in the day.
Thousands more are expected today when the festival officially kicks off, with acts including Professor Green and Florence and the Machine on Friday’s line-up.
Throughout the weekend festival fans will also get the chance to see the likes of Snow Patrol, Kasabian and The Stones Roses.
Overall 85,000 music fans are expected to enjoy this weekend’s festivities, despite weather warnings of heavy rain, which has caused havoc around the country this week.
Yesterday as the first lot of fans arrived, the weather remained largely dry and sunny with the official T in the Park Twitter feed advising people to pack their sunglasses and sun cream.
But forecasters are predicting heavy rain showers throughout the whole weekend - so you might want to consider a poncho, wellies and a brolly too.
In fact the rain has been so heavy this week that many areas of the country have been flooded, causing some to speculate that this year’s T could be cancelled.
But festival organiser Geoff Ellis assured fans this wouldn’t happen, saying earlier this week: “Even if there was a monsoon, we would still be going ahead.”
This weekend T in the Park audiences will get the chance to see over 200 artists, with something to suit all tastes, from pop and rock to R&B and classical, with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti opening the Main Stage on Sunday.