Yes, T in the Park today announced the first three acts on its 2009 line-up:
Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol and Katy Perry.
It’s all a matter of taste of course, but by any standards this is a paltry way to raise the curtain on Scotland’s biggest music festival.
Kings of Leon may now be one of the biggest indie-pop bands in the world, but 2009 will be their fifth appearance in something like seven years.
Equally, the boring-as-watching-cement-dry Snow Patrol are no strangers to Balado.
As for Katy Perry, well that’s just a sly marketing gimmick to rope in the teenyboppers. Right?
The question is this: does this mean that any or all of this tiresome trio will be headlining the main stage? If so, why couldn’t T in the Park organizers DF Concerts have aimed a bit higher? Rage Against the Machine were an inspired choice last year.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be too quick to judge. There are plenty more announcements to come. I just hope they weren’t aiming to start the revelation process with a PR bang, because this is a low-decibel whimper.