KT: More Than OK

The first major difference with this year's festival is that there really is no second stage. Last year's South Stage was clearly the b-stage, no matter what the promoters tried to say. This time both get the major league treatment.

KT Tunstall is the first pleasant surprise of the day with her South Stage opening set. She seems totally at ease on the big stage, coming armed with hook-filled pop-rock tunes and enthusiastic between stage banter to keep the crowd engaged. At the beginning of her set most of the dancing was limited to females of a certain age (that age being old enough to not feel the need to wear an outfit showcasing a wholly distracting amount of cleavage).

But by the time she charged through excellent versions of "Black Horse and Cherry Tree" and "If Only" she had won over more than just that very specific demographic. I'm legitimately won over after a fun romp through set closer "Suddenly I See." I'm as surprised as you are.

And for the record - 12:37 p.m. for the first waft of pot smoke.

--DAVID MALITZ

By David Malitz |  August 9, 2008; 12:57 PM ET Virgin Festival
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