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Arctic Monkeys close T in the Park with storming set… as they are named on long list of wealthy celebs involved in controversial tax avoidance scheme

They brought this year’s T in the Park to a close on Sunday evening with a storming set a Balado airfield in Perthshire on Sunday evening – but behind the scenes controversy still raged over rock band Arctic Monkeys’ involvement in a controversial tax avoidance scheme. 

The Sheffield four-piece were the last ever act to perform on the Scottish site as T in the Park organisers prepare to relocate after 18-years due to safety concerns over an underground oil pipe.

Taking to the stage, front-man Alex Turner and his bandmates performed an array of hits for the 85,000 fans that had travelled north for the annual event – amongst them Snap Out Of It, Arabella, R U Mine and breakthrough single I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.

Closing set: Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys closed T in the Park with a storming set at Balado airfield in Perthshire on Sunday evening

Closing set: Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys closed T in the Park with a storming set at Balado airfield in Perthshire on Sunday evening

The band rounded off a successful weekend of music, but their appearance was overshadowed by reports of their part in the ‘Liberty’ Tax strategy.

They are among 1,600 wealthy celebrities, business leaders, lawyers and doctors who together tried to shelter £1.2billion from the taxman via a complicated network of offshore companies.

Sir Michael Caine, Gary Barlow and two of his Take That bandmates, BBC presenter Anne Robinson, Katie Melua and George Michael also invested in the highly controversial scheme, a leaked database revealed.

Controversy: The band were performing after being named as participants in a controversial tax avoidance scheme

Controversy: The band were performing after being named as participants in a controversial tax avoidance scheme

Other guests taking to the stage at Balado on Sunday included Sam Smith, Franz Ferdinand and Bastille – whose lead singer Dan Smith was feeling nervous ahead of the gig.

‘It’s quite exciting and mildly terrifying,’ he told the BBC. ‘It’s mad that we’re on the main stage. Last year we were on the Radio 1 stage, which is hardly small.

‘We’ve been doing a very long run of festivals so this is the last one. But only for about a week.’

Centre stage: Alex wore his hair in its customary quiff during the band's latest performance

Centre stage: Alex wore his hair in its customary quiff during the band’s latest performance

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris was amongst the highlights on Sunday after taking to the stage with Will Smith, who flew into the UK from Ibiza, where he’s been enjoying a sunshine break.

The Men In Black star took to the main stage before the DJ, telling them: ‘Ladies and gentleman, I present to you – Scotland’s own, Calvin Harris.’

The 30-year-old – a firm favourite with the crowd – opened by playing Under Control.

Rocking: Alex does what he knows best on Sunday evening

Rocking: Alex does what he knows best on Sunday evening

Lively: The crowd are worked up into a frenzy

Lively: The crowd are worked up into a frenzy

The Modfather: Paul Weller also performed on Sunday

The Modfather: Paul Weller also performed on Sunday

Revellers danced in the rain as he played for more than an hour, before Will joined him back on stage for the final song shouting: ‘Scotland, I love you.’

The set came after a performance from Paolo Nutini in which he saved his hit Last Request until the end, much to the delight of the audience.

Festival-goers earlier covered up in waterproof ponchos as heavy downpours descended while Pharrell Williams took to the main stage at the event, which has four stages.

Here we go: Earlier in the day it was Tinie Tempah who worked the crowd up with a lively set

Here we go: Earlier in the day it was Tinie Tempah who worked the crowd up with a lively set

Close: Two female revelers display their affection for one another on Sunday

Close: Two female revelers display their affection for one another on Sunday

But t rain cleared up during his 60-minute set, which he closed with hit single Happy.

The Charlatans were welcomed back to the festival 18 years to the day they performed at the very first T In The Park in 1997.

The Stranglers, Katy B, Tinie Tempah, Paul Weller and Scottish band Twin Atlantic, James and Rudimental were also on the line-up.

T in the Park is moving to the Strathallan Castle estate in Perthshire next year.

Star man: Will Smith was on stage after jetting into the UK from Ibiza

Star man: Will Smith was on stage after jetting into the UK from Ibiza

Arctic Monkeys close T in the Park with storming set

Will Smith surprises Calvin Harris fans by introducing DJ at T In The Park

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