After a scare over underground gas piping was overcome this year’s T In The Park festival will go ahead. The Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters will top the bill with dozens of other bands already booked to play over several stages.
But the organisers have run into criticism after Geoff Ellis told the Scottish music scene website The Pop Cop that, “Neds are not welcome.”
He was responding to a question on whether the festival would follow Rock Ness in banning anyone wearing track suits or ned clothes. Ellis said that there would be no dress code.
“It’s not about what you wear, it’s about who you are. Listen, you can be a ned in a suit,” he explained. “If you take a ned to mean somebody who is out to cause trouble, those are people we don’t want to come to T in the Park anyway.”
The remarks have caused something of a stir amongst music fans, who generally see them as disrespectful. But what exactly is a ned? There is no agreement on where the term even comes from, but most definitions are similar to this dictionary one:
“Ned: A person, usually a youth, of low social standing and education, a violent disposition and with a particular style of dress (typically sportswear or Burberry), speech and behaviour.”
So if neds are not defined by their clothes at T In The Park, then how will they recognise one?
Or was Ellis simply saying that he doesn’t want any trouble at the festival? Which is a statement that no one could really disagree with, could they?
The 2011 T In The Park festival will run from 9 to 11 July at Balado in Perth and Kinross. Around 85,000 music fans are expected to attend.
Tickets are now on sale, so get them quickly. Unless you are a ned, of course.