Over 70,000 music lovers descended on T in the Park at the weekend with some of the biggest names in rock being part of the 2011 festival.
But while many were there to see the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Beady Eye, local rockers MakethisRelate were having the time of their lives playing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam tent on Saturday afternoon.
It’s the biggest gig the lads have played since winning the right to play at a series of festivals thanks to Red Bull. And drummer Danny Kelly, joined in the band by bassist Aidan Scott, lead guitarist David McEarlane and frontman Kevin Walls, was delighted with how the gig went, especially as it completed a busy weekend for the band having played the Sonisphere Festival the night before.
He said: “The whole weekend was incredible. We played Sonisphere on the Friday night and got a much bigger turnout than what we expected and it was great to be part of it.
“At T we played a 2,000 capacity tent and filled most of it.
“When we were backstage we got talking to the guys from Jimmy Eat World and we gave them a couple of CDs and they said that we were really good.
“It was good to get some feedback from some of the top boys.”
The Red Bull tent gives up-and-coming bands the chance play earlier in the day with the musical talent merging into well known and established artists as the day rolls on.
In 2010 it featured top acts such as Ash, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and Echo and The Bunnymen.
This year the tent played host to Miles Kane from the Rascals, Eels and Noah and the Whale.
It was also a bittersweet moment for MakethisRelate guitarist David who is leaving the band for pastures new
However, David certainly went out on a high having already played the Download Festival and the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards – on a boat on the River Thames!
Danny added: “It was quite an experience playing along the Thames. I had never seen anything like it.
“Download was just amazing. We are used to playing at venues with between 200 and 300 people there so to go from that to a tent where this a couple of thousand there was brilliant.
“T was the last gig for David and it was a great way for him to finish. He has left the band for personal reasons but there was no falling out or anything like that. We have parted on good terms.”