Nicola Benedetti is set to become the first classical artist to perform on the main stage at Scotland’s biggest annual pop and rock music festival. The violinist will be the first act on stage for the final day of T in the Park, which takes place from 6 to 8 July. Other artists performing include Kasabian, Snow Patrol and Elbow.
Benedetti, 25, will also take part in the Creative Scotland Kaleidoscope Club, a showcase for a wide array of Scottish artists and projects, ranging from physical theatre and art installations to urban dance and solar-powered films.
Held annually at Balado, 30 miles north of Edinburgh, T in the Park has taken place since 1994. Around 85,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event.
Benedetti’s performance continues a trend for classical works at music festivals this year. At the Open’er rock festival in Gdynia, Poland, the Aukso Chamber Orchestra will pay tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki. The performance, taking place on 5 July, will juxtapose the 80-year-old Polish composer’s works with those of composer–guitarist Jonny Greenwood.