Ditching Irn Bru in favour of La Croix, and plumping for the radiant hubbub of LA over the foggy terrain of Dumfries, Calvin Harris' return to headline 2016's T in the Park was greeted as a national homecoming by his faithful countrymen. The 'return of the King', if you will. For a second time, technically, after he filled-in for Eminem's cancellation in 2014.
A global sensation, collaborating with Rihanna, Kelis, and Florence Welch, Harris had attracted the second largest crowd in Coachella's history a few years earlier (pipped to the post only by Dre and Snoop's 2012 appearance) so this slot on home soil would be a set to savour. And savour, those at T in the Park did, considering it would be the festival's final outing before fading into obscurity (i.e. cancelling).
The one-man factory of chart-toppers expectedly drew in a gargantuan crowd, who themselves reached fever-pitch as Harris rolled through his arsenal of ear-popping hits. In fact, his set drew in such an unprecedented number of festival-goers, that it drew criticism from the Twitter-sphere; comparatively, LCD Soundsystem (a worldwide headliner themselves) saw a criminally diminutive turn-out for their performance on the second stage at the same festival. One for the history books, at least.
Though Harris' set went down a storm (throughout a literal storm coincidentally; it is Scotland after all) controversies and issues aplenty rose from the woodwork that year, meaning a poor turnout for LCD Soundsystem was the least of the organisers' concerns. From there-on-in, it was T in the Park itself that was consigned to the history books.
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