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T IN THE PARK v GLASTONBURY; T IN THE PARK.

Site

Balado, near Kinross

Background

T in the Park was formed by Glasgow-based DF Concerts, teamed up with Tennent's for Scotland's first large scale, multi-staged music event in 1994, inviting Irish promoters MCD to help. Strathclyde country park was the original site before moving to Balado in 1997.

Performers

120 bands and DJs on nine main stages music stages.

Score 8

Camping

85 per cent of the 55,000 go camping for the weekend, while BBC presenter Craig Hill, who fronts the shows from the site again this year, goes camping all year round.

Score 8

Celebs

We've had Robbie, Robert Carlisle, Keanu Reeves, Sarah-Cox, Zoe Ball, Noel Gallagher and loads more. And John Dingwall too!

Score 8

Crime

Arrests at TITP are few and far between as fun and having a ball is everyone's priority. Even the Neds cease hostilities and join in the fun. The great atmosphere lends itself to lawful high spirits.

Score 8

Pints

Over the years 2.2million pints of Tennent's have been poured. That's 672 pints a minute. Only downside is when we've ended up with a pocket full of Saturday drinks tokens, on the Sunday.

Score 9

Attendance

55,000 each day - adding up to 110,000 in total - making it one of Europe's top festivals.

Score 8

Festival Days

Saturday & Sunday.

Toilets

Far from perfect but they're at least usable and you don't need a bio-hazard suit to go near one. Still, it's one of the few places that girls where no hang ups and show no respect for toilet etiquiette.

Score 5

Cost

Score 8

Value

At a few pence for each band as well as an ever-improving site. It's tremendous value.

Mud

Loads of tents and plenty of shelter. And there's also a runway that is very firm under foot even in a downpour.

TOTAL 78.5

GLASTONBURY

Worthy farm, middle of nowhere

Background

Glastonbury is the daddy of them all. Started 33 years ago when farmer Michael Eavis thought it `could be rather good fun to put something on' and became the first farmer in history to say `Oi go on my land'. Hippy ideals still prevalent today as posh English students `go' crusty for a weekend.

Performers

218 bands and DJs on seven main music stages. ..TEXT Score 9.5

Camping

Everyone of the 110,000 stays on site. But there are only 85,000 tents hence it's like the shifting sands with everyone pinching everyone else's tents.

Score 9

Celebs

The 192 Spotted section would go into overdrive for the weekend here. Anyone who is anyone goes to Glastonbury.

Score 9.5

Crime

Fence jumping, tent thefts and plundering, there's even been a shooting. They'd need a fence that wouldn't be out of place in Berlin to keep the idiots out. Generally, it's safe though. ..TEXT Score 6

Pints

400,000 pints were drunk over three days. That works out at roughly one pint each. There's 250,000 pints of shandy. Also they go through three million gallons of water. Lightweights.

Score 4

Attendence

110,000 for the three days, it has always been one of Europe's biggest and best. Score 8

Festival Days

Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Toilets

Glastonbury `produces' more than 700,000 gallons of waste and there is a rumour that Saddam Hussein tried to steal this to use as a weapon of mass destruction.

Score 2

Cost

pounds105

8.5

Value

Line up is always great, but with saunas, theatres and a cinema you might miss the lot

Score 9,5

Mud

If it rains here forget it. Instant knee-deep mud bath with more trench foot cases than the whole of World War 1.

Score 4

Conclusion:

Both are amazing festivals, but T in the Park wins it.
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