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PARK N NAKED; Scissor Sisters singer's strip tops off T in the Park partytrip tops off T in the Park party.

Byline: By John Dingwall

SCISSOR Sisters singer Jake Shears gave 60,000 fans a tease in the park yesterday. The flamboyant frontman stripped off his tartan toga to flash the crowd.

The New York band, who have had hits with Take Your Mama Out and Laura, were one of the first acts on the main stage at Balado yesterday afternoon.

And Shears left fans with something to remember after revealing his little snippet.

Kirsty Reid, 18, of Bishopton, Renfrewshire, said: 'He pulled off his tartan toga and stood there naked bowing to the crowd.

'He said he was going to be a true Scotsman and took his pants off too.'

Camp Shears was left in just a pair of cowboy boots.

But he wasn't the only performer to flash the flesh yesterday.

Singer Alison Goldfrapp lifted the kilt of her keyboard player Will Gregory at the end of their hit Strict Machine - revealing his bare bottom emblazoned with a peace symbol.

She had already shocked the crowd by pretending to perform a sex act with her radio mic.

And Saturday headliners The Darkness saw their stage hijacked by a male streaker.

Music lovers stared in disbelief when the naked pot-bellied man wandered on stage to give them a full frontal.

The incident took place halfway through the band's lively performance.

The ginger-haired streaker took to the stage as singer Justin Hawkins had left for a costume change.

Scots bassist Frankie Poullain looked stunned as the streaker stayed on stage for several minutes before wandering off.

The incident was an embarrassing security breach for the festival organisers, who later claimed they were unaware that the incident had taken place.

A spokeswoman said: 'I didn't see anything like this and I have heard nothing of it. I'm sure it wasn't staged because that would have been incredibly hard to organise. We will be looking into it.'

The streaker wasn't the only surprise guest during the set by The Darkness.

Eleven young Scots pipers and two drummers joined the headliners onstage.

The lads - mainly students a Glasgow's RSAMD - adapted the Darkness song Love On The Rocks With No lce for the bagpipes ... to the delight of the crowd.

Stuart Cassells, 25, of Falkirk, revealed the musicians had been invited to tea with the rock band at their hotel.

He said: 'We were approached by The Darkness guitarist Dan Hawkins at the last minute. We were told to keep it secret so that it could be a big surprise for the audience.

'We met them at their hotel in the afternoon before their gig and had high tea with them.

'Justin was doing party tricks for our benefit, throwing cigarettes into his mouth and generally larking about. They're great guys.

'We joked that we wanted pounds 5000 per person but he haggled us down to a fiver plus expenses. We should have got in there before he spent all his money on that catsuit.'

Steven Graham, 21, a petrol pump attendant at Dalgetty Bay BP station, added: 'I was meant to be working but I got the afternoon off as soon as I told my boss what was happening. My workmates couldn't believe it.'

Steven MacDonald, 26, from Edinburgh, said: 'I was performing in the band called The Red Hot Chili Pipers at the Redford Army Barracks and left the capital at 9.30pm. I made it onstage at10.10pm with seconds to spare.'

Around 120,000 people watched more than 120 acts on eight stages over the two-day event, including Saturday sets by Muse, Starsailor, Faithless, Black Eyed Peas, Scots rockers Dogs Die In Hot Cars and US rap stars Wu Tang Clan.

Yesterday, headliners The Strokes delivered a frenzied performance including favourite Last Night and New York City Cops.

Scots favourites Franz Ferdinand and Snow Patrol, trip hop legends Massive Attack and The Pixies were among the most talked about acts to fire up the final day's proceedings.


CUTTING EDGE: The Razz girls with Scissor Sisters singer Anna; THE MUSIC LOVERS: Two bikini-clad fans puckered up for a kiss as the Balado festival really started to heat up yesterday afternoon; SUPER FANS: Festival revellers turned up in all sorts of fancy dress - and even no dress at all - for T in the Park; T IN THE STARKERS: Singer Jake Shears whipped off his tartan toga during the Scissor Sisters set
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Date:Jul 12, 2004
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