T in the Park 2015: Music revellers recall year Keanu Reeves travelled to festival by bus with fans
by John Dingwall
SPEED star Reeves shunned a limo to take him to T in the Park back when his band Dogstar performed at the Scottish festival's original home at Strathclyde Park.
T IN THE PARK could mean a surge in star-spotting even if you aren’t heading to the weekender next month - if past experiences are anything to go by.
And while the majority of rock stars travel in luxury tour coaches, one particular case stands out above all others when it comes to celebrities rubbing shoulders with fans away from the festival site.
Back in 1996 Speed star Keanu Reeves stunned those who shared a bus with him to Strathclyde Park, Hamilton – the festival’s original home.
The Hollywood icon, who is currently starring in the racy horror-thriller Knock Knock, went virtually unnoticed when he turned up at Glasgow’s Buchanan Street bus station and hopped on the bus with everybody else.
Even more remarkable was the fact that his band Dogstar were performing in the festival’s King Tut’s tent that afternoon.
And fortunately for the music fans who shared the ride with him, the bus was allowed to go under 50-miles-per-hour without the terrifying consequences that make up the plot of his 1994 film, Speed.
Among those who recognised the actor was Kirsty Mackay, 18 at the time, from Aberdeen.
She told reporters: “I was standing in the NME tent on Saturday with friends and we knew we recognised him.
“By the time we realised it was one of the sexiest men on the planet, he had slipped away.”
After his band performed their set, Keanu hung around for a bit to catch some of the other acts on the bill that year.
The top attractions included Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Beck with many of the acts hanging out in the foyer of Glasgow’s Hilton hotel afterwards.
That night, Keanu was also back in Glasgow and enjoying a curry at the city’s Cafe India restaurant.
In 1995, Supergrass toured the Tunnock’s factory because they were big fans of Tunnock’s Teacakes before they played the NME Stage at Strathclyde Country Park that year.
A T in the Park spokesperson said: “T in the Park brings some of the world’s biggest stars to Scotland, and every year the artists tell us how much they love coming here and playing to the Scottish crowd.
“It’s not unusual for acts to make the most of their time here by enjoying a bit of Scottish culture or sightseeing.”