A Borders band are among dozens of acts set to entertain scores of thousands of music fans at this weekend’s T in the Park festival.
Indie rockers Frightened Rabbit, formed in Selkirk in 2003, though based 70-odd miles up the road in Glasgow since the year after and scattered even further afield since 2014, are second on the bill at the event’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent this Friday, July 8.
Jamie XX is headlining the tent that night, and other acts playing there include Rodrigo y Gabriela, Bear’s Den and the Coral.
They will be followed onto the tent’s stage by Travis, Stiff Little Fingers, Tom Odell and the Bay City Rollers on Saturday, July 9, and by Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, John Grant and Diplo on Sunday, July 10.
This year’s main-stage headliners at the festival, being held at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, are the Stone Roses on Friday, Calvin Harris on Saturday and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Sunday, supported by the likes of Disclosure, Bastille, James Bay, Faithless, Jess Glynne and the Last Shadow Puppets.
This will be the second of three British festival dates for Frightened Rabbit in as many weeks, following their appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset last month and the Latitude Festival at Southwold in Suffolk the weekend after this one, from Thursday, July 14.
It’s their second appearance at T in the Park, though their other one, in 2013, was at its previous venue at Balado in Kinross.
The band – consisting of frontman Scott Hutchison, his brother Grant on drums, Billy Kennedy on bass, Andy Monaghan on keyboards and and Simon Liddell on guitar – are currently on the road to promote their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack, a chart-topper in Scotland and a No 14 hit UK-wide following its release in April.
That was their first No 1 here, although its predecessor, 2013’s Pedestrian Verse, was a Scottish No 2 and British No 9.
Their Glastonbury Festival appearance can still be seen online on the BBC iPlayer website at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p03y1dvm/glastonbury-2016-frightened-rabbit
Tickets for this year’s DF Concerts and Tennent’s Lager-run T in the Park festival, the 23rd since its launch at Strathclyde Park in Lanarkshire in 1994, cost £194 or £205 for the weekend with camping, £184 without or £82.50 per day. For details, go to www.tinthepark.com