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Water-absorbant tents, clodhopper wellies, obscure flags and mudbaths galore. Yes, the summer festival season is in full swing and the crappy British weather cannot even begin to dampen our enthusiasm. Glastonbury’s Pyramid has already enchanted and T in the Park was again served in true alfresco style. Here are some festival highlights so far:

Chase & Status – Blind Faith………… (West Holts, Glastonbury; King Tuts, T)

The Strokes – New York City Cops………. (NME Stage, T)

Friendly Fires – Kiss of Life (Other Stage, Glastonbury; NME Stage, T)

The Vaccines – If You Wanna………… (John Peel & Other Stage, Glastonbury; King Tuts, T)

Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows……….. (Other Stage, Glastonbury)

Mumford & Sons – The Cave……….. (Other Stage, Glasonbury)

Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual………… (Main Stage, T)

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A kilt-clad Tinie Tempah stole the plaudits at a rainy yet fabulous T in the Park 2011. On what looked a windswept day, Tinie endeared himself to the Scottish faithful by donning the nation’s most famous garment mid-set. Running through successive hits taken off his number 1 debut Disc-Overy, Tinie and his entourage detoured from Wonderman to Written in the Stars via the crowd-thrilling Miami to Ibiza. Calls of “where’s the moshpit” and repeated instructions to “bounce” engaged the audience, inspiring waves of jumping jacks. Most looked ironically spent by the time curtain closer Pass Out arrived. Tempah’s stage presence is energetic and firmly in the same mould as fellow London rapper Mr Rascal. Top marks.

Of the headliners, Foo Fighters take the honours for a sterling performance of pure rock and roll. The Foos – completing a hat-trick of T appearances – were in fine form, arriving on stage early to the delight of the Scottish folk. I want to know what Reggie Yates smelled on Dave Grohl’s breath backstage. Whatever it was, the much-loved frontman dominated the stage with his head-bashing antics reminiscent of a headless chicken.

Elsewhere, Friendly Fires Hawaiian Air banished thoughts of the weather while Chase & Status successfully doubled up from Glastonbury in King Tut’s. White Lies gloomy brand of guitar rock also excited despite ghostly lead singer Harry McVeigh’s adamance on disguising all emotion.

The only lowlights of the weekend for me were Gerard Way’s painfully whiny vocals during MCR’s outing and The Saturdays tragic cover of Aloe Blacc’s I Need a Dollar. Try perfecting your own songs first ladies. Did anyone else think Liam Gallagher’s hat and anorak combo likened him evermore to a scarecrow?

T in the Park continues to be my personal pick of the festivals broadcasted by the BBC. What’s yours?