With T in the Park not going ahead this year, the organisers’ part way solution was to put on a non-camping, 3-day festival on Glasgow Green. We went for the festival’s 1st year to see what it was all about…
We kicked off with Glasgow’s own The Vegan Leather on the King Tut’s stage; The Vegan Leather are the ultimate festival band, with music full of catchy beats and an indisputable stage presence. Friday was the quietest day in terms of overall crowd size, but even still, they managed to pull a large crowd that went nuts. Undeniably one of the highlights, it was clear to see that they were favourites, with people on shoulders and crowd surfing already!
The Friday also brought Sahara, one of Dundee’s finest upcoming bands. They treated a packed out Jack Rocks stage tent to favourites such as ‘Scratch’.
We followed Sahara with London Grammar and were treated to some flawless vocals that completely mesmerised. Louis Berry similarly wowed us, flitting between upbeat tracks and slower acoustic melodies.
Radiohead were Friday’s headliners, treating everyone – of course – to a sparse collection of their timeless classics.
Day 2 hit off with Heavy Rapids, an energetic and fast-paced band from Scotland who suit their name down to the ground. Edinburgh’s Vistas were next up, on the King Tut’s stage, delivering crowd-pleasing indie-pop such as their track ‘Medicine’. Circa Waves, another festival favourite, saw to it that the crowd at the main stage were hyped for the rest of the festival, playing favourites such as ‘T-shirt Weather’, which matched the glorious sunshine. We skipped Stormzy in favour of Brighton’s Fickle Friends – and so did half the festival by the size of the crowd! Jack (keys) and Sam (drums) told us that they didn’t expect a big crowd, and enjoyed playing the new festival – despite the 15-hour drive up. It’s definitely a good thing they made the effort, as the indie pop/synth sounds were loved by the all!
Judas on the Jack Rocks stage sounded amazing, but with so many people packed into a smallish tent, we couldn’t see inside! We caught a bit of The Kooks, who played their well-known classics to get the audience moving (it worked!) and their new single ‘Be Who You Are’.
The Van T’s, a Glasgow-based four-piece alt-rock band graced the King Tut’s stage and were utterly flawless, drawing large crowds of fans. Consistently described as “queens”, we couldn’t disagree, with intense guitar riffs and a rhythm section to die for. George Ezra was another big name, and he vamped up the tropical vibes, playing songs from his first album, as well as his new single.
Sundara Karma also filled the viewing area around King Tut’s that showed the festival’s love of the band, playing radio and crowd favourites.
Sunday brought blues (and rain!). Cavan band The Strypes opened the main stage. The crowd wasn’t a bad size for a rainy last day, but the energy and quality of the band, meant for me, that they should’ve been on later. Dundee favourites The View carried on from The Strypes, before giving way to Blossoms. We moved away to the King Tut’s stage to see Lewis Capaldi. Addressing the crowd mid-set, he claimed it was his best gig to date. His music mesmerised the crowd and had everyone swaying and singing.
We moved to the ever-packed Jack Rocks stage to have a nosey at the Blinders, but again the tent was so full we couldn’t get close! Two Door Cinema Club braved the beginning of the serious rain and played a spectacular set on the main stage, and were followed by The 1975, who headlined TiTP 2016. They played their catchy songs throughout the rain, with a short break and an extended set. The rain didn’t dampen our enjoyment of them, though (other than the Jack Rocks stage, there was no shelter – the rain was difficult to escape!)
Biffy Clyro ended TRNSMT’s first year; in the cold and wet of Sunday-night Glasgow, Biffy were a welcome source of light and energy, and totally brought the entire festival together.
Pre-sale tickets for TRSNMT 2018 are on sale from Friday.