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EMAIL: Dogg loose in the Park; Rap star Snoop jets in to Balado.

Byline: Billy Sloan and Mickey McMonagle

RAP star Snoop Dogg is heading back to Scotland - to izzle his shnizzle at T in the Park.

I can reveal the hip-hop superstar has signed up for his first UK festival and will appear at Balado, near Kinross.

He'll perform on the Main Stage on day two of the festival alongside Green Day and Travis.

T in the Park on July 9 and 10 is already a sell-out.

Snoop's appearance cements his status in rap's major league after a youth marked by crime and violence.

Snoop said: 'I love music and making records. It's like having two girlfriends... but I can handle it.

'I don't want to go back to drugs, getting shot at or hanging out doing nothing. I've got something to live for. 'Music is the life I want. I'm on a mission.'

Snoop - born Calvin Brodus - exploded on to the US gangsta rap scene when he made a guest appearance with legendary producer Dr. Dre on the album The Chronic. His 1993 solo album, Doggystyle, took the music world by storm when it became the first ever debut to enter the Billboard charts at No.1.

Snoop's criminal past - which included murder charges in 1994 and the following year - inspired his colourful rap lyrics. His albums Da Game Is Not To Be Told, No Time Limit Top Dogg and Tha Last Meal established him as a major figure on the US hip-hop scene.

He's also enjoyed a successful movie career, appearing as Huggy Bear in the remake of Starsky And Hutch and starring in Training Day with Denzel Washington.

But the star wants more challenging roles. He said: 'I'll bring two or three million people to a movie just because of my name.

'I ain't getting what I really want. I'm smiling - but I'm not happy.

'I'm looking for more demanding roles - characters people wouldn't expect me to play.

'I really want to stretch as an actor.' I can also reveal the full stage by stage T in the Park line-up - which includes Foo Fighters and The Killers - in order of appearance, above left.


SATURDAYMAIN STAGE: Foo Fighters, Keane, The Killers, Embrace, Audioslave, Joss Stone, The Beautiful South.

STAGE TWO: New Order, The Streets, The Coral, Jimmy Eat WorldKING TUT'S TENT: James Brown.SLAM TENT: Silicone Soul, Blackstrobe (Dex/FX), Slam (Dex/FX), Alex Smoke (live), LCD Soundsystem.

SUNDAYMAIN STAGE: Green Day, Travis, Queens Of The Stone Age, Snoop Dogg, Razorlight, Biffy Clyro.

STAGE TWO: The Prodigy,Kasabian, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs. KING TUT'S TENT: Ian Brown. SLAM TENT: Butch Cassidy Soundsystem, The Bays (live), Kid Kenobi & MC Shureshock, Miss Kittin, Ada, Alter Ego (live)
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 20, 2005
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