Paul Weller and Wilko Johnson (who Weller has cited as his own musical hero) and seminal soul group Soul II Soul have joined the bill at this year's T in The Park, alongside Earl Sweatshirt, Wilkinson, Charli XCX, King Charles, Darlia, The LaFontaines, The Amazing Snakeheads, Becky Hill, Jess Glynne, The Minutes, Hudson Taylor, Neon Jungle, Lonely the Brave, Dolomite Minor and Little Matador.
Paul Weller has an illustrious history with T in the Park, having headlined the festival’s second year (1995) as well as the first ever T in the Park to be held in Balado in 1997. He played a now legendary duet with Noel Gallagher in 2001, after Noel – who was visiting T in the Park as a guest - joined him on stage for an impromptu acoustic set of The Jam classics.
Wilko Johnson – has also been added to the T in the Park bill. Weller famously said of the former Dr Feelgood guitarist (and one time member of Ian Dury and The Blockheads): “Wilko may not be as famous as some other guitarists, but he's right up there. And there are a lot of people who'll say the same. I can hear Wilko in lots of places. It's some legacy." Johnson recently appeared in HBO’s Game of Thrones as mute executioner Ilyn Payne, and this year has seen him team up with The Who’s Roger Daltrey on the highly acclaimed joint album Going Back Home.
Starting life as a sound system at Covent Garden’s Africa Centre, Soul II Soul made a huge impact in the late 1980s with their original, fresh, and infectious soul sound. Hits such as Keep On Movin' and the Grammy-winning Back To Life made them household names all over the world, and to date they’ve sold over 10 million albums in over 35 countries worldwide. Their T in the Park appearance forms part of the group’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
Some of the hottest breakthrough acts and most exciting new artists around have also been added to the T in the Park bill including youngest member of Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Earl Sweatshirt and hugely in-demand drum & bass and electronica producer Wilkinsonl.
Becky Hill featured on Wilkinson’s drum and bass top ten hit Afterglow and on T in the Park act Rudimental’s track Powerless, and is currently working on her debut album with Two Inch Punch, Karma Kid and MNEK.
Jess Glynne has featured on two of the biggest hits of the year so far - fellow T in the Park act Clean Bandit’s no.1 smash Rather Be (the highest selling January No.1 since 1996 with sales in the UK alone of over 600,000) and Route 94’s house-flavoured chart topper My Love. Her own sound is a distinguished mix of hip hop, soul and pop, and her hotly anticipated debut album is due out later this year.
With a plethora of emotive dark pop songs, Charli XCX’s moody-yet-catchy synth pop has been described by some as "neon goth." She featured on and co-wrote Icona Pop’s huge hit I Love It, and releases her third studio album, the follow up to last year’s True Romance, this summer.
West London singer-songwriter King Charles became the first ever Brit to win the prestigious International Songwriting Competition in Nashville for his song Love Lust, after he impressed judges Tom Waits, Jeff Beck, Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis with his vibrant folk-pop sound.
Widely tipped as one of the UK’s most exciting new rock bands, Darlia are sure to go down a storm with their grunge-influenced anthems.
Combining hip-hop, rock and pop, The LaFontaines made a huge impression when they played the BBC Introducing Stage at last year’s festival. The band have supported the likes of fellow T in the Park acts Example and Twin Atlantic, and are currently growing their international fanbase with gigs in New York as part of Scotland Week ahead of the release of their new single Under the Storm.
Hailing from Glasgow, The Amazing Snakeheads are renowned for their exhilarating live performances and energy, and will showcase material from their debut album Amphetamine Ballads.
Dublin's The Minutes return with their brand new album Live Well, Change Often next month, after wowing audiences at SXSW and at shows with Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon.
Hudson Taylor have amassed a huge underground after their YouTube videos topped three million views. They’ve supported Jake Bugg, and played two sets in one day at the Rolling Stones’ show in Hyde Park.
Neon Jungle will add a touch of sparkle with their kaleidoscopic, multi-faceted pop – as seen on first single Trouble and follow-up hit Braveheart, which peaked at no.4 in the UK singles charts.
Lonely The Brave have been hailed “simply phenomenal” by Kerrang!, with Rock Sound tipping them to become “the biggest band on the planet.” Their powerful and majestic epic rock is sure to get the crowd going this July.
Southampton's Dolomite Minor serve up sleazy, raw rock’n’roll, laced with sweaty, head banging riffs. Dublin-based alt-rock quintet Little Matador were founded by Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly - they release their self-titled debut album later this month, and are due to support T in the Park headliners Biffy Clyro in Ireland this summer.
Geoff Ellis, Festival Director, said: “Paul Weller is a true icon of British music and is a huge favourite with T in the Park fans, having played many a memorable set throughout the festival’s 21 year history, including headlining our second outing in 1995, and then the first festival to be held at Balado in 1997, not to mention his historic performance with Noel Gallagher in 2001.
"When Wilko Johnson takes to the stage I think it’ll be a very special moment – he’s had a seminal influence on the country’s music scene, and is one of Weller’s own heroes. Soul II Soul were similarly groundbreaking when they rose to prominence in the 80s, and their set will be pretty spectacular also. Plus we’re delighted to be bringing some of the most hotly tipped new breakthrough acts to this year’s festival too – there’s a lot of buzz about these acts right now, and many will be making their T in the Park debut this summer, so they’re definitely ones to watch.”
George Kyle, Head of Sponsorship, Tennent’s Lager, said: “Paul Weller’s previous T in the Park appearances feature prominently in my own personal highlights from the festival over the years, and it’ll be fantastic to see him return to Balado. He’s just one of a host of great new acts announced today – it’s truly shaping up to be a phenomenal weekend and we’re exceptionally proud to be the founding partner of this wonderful festival.”
T in the Park 2014 – artists announced so far
FRIDAY 11TH JULY: Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, Pixies, Steve Angello, Alesso, Haim, You Me At Six, Manic Street Preachers, Chvrches, DJ Fresh & Messy MC, Maximo Park, Foxes, The Magic Numbers, The Rifles, Len Faki, Pan-Pot, Drenge, Pretty Lights, Charli XCX, Josh Record, Jackmaster, Wolf Alice, Factory Floor, Neon Jungle, Lonely the Brave, Hudson Taylor, Little Matador, Dolomite Minor, Clouds, Alex Smoke.
SATURDAY 12TH JULY: Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini, Pharrell Williams, Elbow, Rudimental, Ben Howard, James, Bombay Bicycle Club, Twin Atlantic, The 1975, The Charlatans, John Newman, Embrace, Katy B, The Human League, Nina Nesbitt, The Stranglers, Joris Voorn, Dave Clarke, Duke Dumont, Robert Hood, Carl Craig, Clean Bandit, We Are Scientists, Wilko Johnson, Ella Eyre, George Ezra, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The LaFontaines, Twenty One Pilots, The Amazing Snakeheads, Circa Waves, Skream, Chlöe Howl, Guy Gerber, Magda.
SUNDAY 13TH JULY: Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Paul Weller, Disclosure, Bastille, Example, Tinie Tempah, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, London Grammar, Tame Impala, Kodaline, Above & Beyond, Sam Smith, Passenger, Sven Vath, Soul II Soul, Metronomy, Newton Faulkner, Chance the Rapper, Slam, Wilkinson, Reverend & The Makers, The Twilight Sad, Earl Sweatshirt, Inspiral Carpets, Julio Bashmore, Jess Glynne, Kerri Chandler, Tale of Us, Levon Vincent, Royal Blood, King Charles, Darlia, George Fitzgerald, Becky Hill, The Minutes, Mark Henning, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and more acts to be announced (line-up subject to change).