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Bye bye Balado!

Concert festival crowd

There are other festivals. But in Scotland, for many, T in the Park remains the original and best.

This year is even more special as it will be the last at Balado – its home for the past 18 years – before the festival flits to Strathallan Castle in Perthshire.

Never ones to miss out on the action, SPT is gearing up to welcome revellers at Buchanan Bus Station (BBS) on Friday 11 July as they prepare to hop on shuttle buses and head off for the weekend-long al fresco party.

Shuttles start to leave from Thursday 10 July and run until Monday 14th – full timetable info is available from the CityLink website. Booking is strongly advised.

The newest member of the SPT family, Subway mascot Simon Smart, will be at BBS too, meeting and greeting festival goers whilst giving them free festival survival packs. These include essential items like wet wipes, bottles of water, ponchos and wacky sunglasses (to maximise “selfie” potential, of course!).

The ideal kit to get you through a fantastic line up of acts which begins on Friday 11 July with the legendary Pixies, hot newcomers Chvrches and the cool as ever, Maximo Park.

This year, there is a big name act for pretty well all musical persuasions. Pop hip-hop golden boy Pharell Williams will be warming up the main stage on Saturday before Scottish singer song writer supremo Paulo Nutini closes the day.

Also on Saturday, those in search for something with a slightly nostalgic yet unapologetically 80s vibe then head over to the King Tut’s tent to enjoy some classics from the Human League.

Sunday sees a battle of rock and electronic vibes as the Artic Monkeys head up the main stage at the same time as house heroes Disclosure perform on the Radio 1 stage (now that’s a conundrum no one wants to face!).

Plus, don’t forget the Slam Tent, a virtual Nirvana for dedicated dance music fans.

So the best advice we can give is that you check out the line up for yourself, then book a space on a shuttle bus. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a survival kit from Simon, too.