Bay City Rollers join T in the Park line-up – new single and album out soon

I Only Want To T With You… You guessed it, the born again 70s phenomenon that is the Bay City Rollers have confirmed they will join the likes of the Stone Roses, Calvin Harris and Kaiser Chiefs at Scotland’s biggest music festival this summer.

T in the Park organisers said “Rollermania” is set to return with the announcement that the Shang-A-Lang hitmakers will appear at the event on Saturday, July 9.

And it seems there will be plenty for the band’s tartan-clad fans to get excited about, with frontman Les McKeown promising their set at the festival will feature “nothing but hit after hit”.

The Edinburgh band – featuring classic line-up members Alan Longmuir, Stuart “Woody” Wood and McKeown – have been writing and recording material for a brand new album in Glasgow.

Boomerang, the first single form their eagerly-awaited longplayer, will be released soon.

Speaking about the new album, McKeown says, “This album sounds like the tape machines were never switched off in the 70s, and we never missed a beat.”

McKeown admits he was slightly surprised when T in the Park head honcho Geoff Ellis added them to the bill.

“It’s going to be great,” he said. “It’s a real privilege and I’m really looking forward to being up there.

“I was properly over the moon when we first got asked.”

He added, “It was hard to believe at first. It is such a contemporary festival when you look at all the acts who normally play.

“It’s very much the Radio 1 artists, so we never expected to get the nod, but we jumped at the chance when it was offered. It’s going to be nothing but hit after hit.”

The Rollers became one of the most successful pop groups of all time after they burst upon the scene in the early 1970s, selling an estimated 70 million records.

They enjoyed a string of No.1 hit singles and albums all over the world, including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang, Keep On Dancing and Summerlove Sensation.

T in the Park will take place at Strathallan, Perthshire, for the second time after moving from Balado in Kinross-shire.

Festival organisers insist they have made improvements to the new site after coming in for heavy criticism for lengthy delays and traffic queues from festival-goers at last year’s event.