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Review: Glasgow welcomes new festival, TRNSMT

Radiohead, Kasabian, and Biffy Clyro headline the inaugural event.

From July 7th to 9th the Glasgow Green was transformed to play host to the first ever TRNSMT Festival. Already quite busy by four in the afternoon, the soul-tinged hip-hop sounds of Rag’n’bone Man welcomed festival-goers on Friday. There was an exciting vibe in the air with punters basking in anticipation on what the festival had to offer.

Alternative and experimental rock royalty Radiohead headlined the first evening, and they didn’t disappoint. They put on a hard-edged show, made more eerily epic by massed chorus of the audience singing along with Thom Yorke’s plaintive melodies. The electro-infused moments in their set hit the mark perfectly. People who hadn’t followed the band were drawn in by the show, complemented by impressive lighting and visuals on stage.

The Glasgow Green was an amazingly well suited location, surprisingly close to the city centre. It was convenient enough to walk to and from the centre and perfect for both the seasoned festival comer, or punters looking for their first day festival experience. At just 15 minutes to the city centre, organisation was a dream.

TRNSMT boasted a unique vibe, heightened by friendly and respectful punters. Despite welcoming around 50,000 fans on each day to the sold out event, the event felt surprisingly intimate. An array of food and drink was on offer, from the typical to the unusual, with a hearty range of vegetarian and vegan options.

This inclusivity ran throughout the line-up too, with something on offer for everyone. With King Tut’s hosting local talent, Mixmag curated an electronic stage for those looking for fewer guitars. Together, TRSMT offered far more than the already impressive Main Stage line-up. Some seriously strong sound quality underpinned everything the festival had to offer.

Kasabian headlined the Saturday evening’s main stage, bringing their iconic edgy feel to the site and took Glasgow by storm. The other stages of the festival amped up to match. King Tut’s stage, second in size after the main stage, featured a mix of mainly local rock acts including homegrown singer song writer Gerry Cinnamon, recreating the intensity of a show at a smaller venue with the buzzing atmosphere of an open stage. The LaFontaines delivered the goods with a flawlessly cooking set to an ecstatic crowd.

The smaller tent-based stage called Jack Rocks, sponsored by Jack Daniels, featured a bar with neon signs behind it and vintage black and white TVs featuring slide shows of the bands to play. As the bar staff scrambled to slosh mixer in with various versions of Tennessee whiskey, a series of tight and heavy four-piece guitar bands took to the stage and really heated things up, Brighton rockers The Wytches being a notable example.

Around the festival, ‘vibe’ was the word used most often to describe the electric and even congenial atmosphere of TRNSMT. On the last night, local and completely shirtless lads Biffy Clyro took to the stage to a predictably epic reception, and perfectly capped off the first year of an exciting and promising new festival. Needless to say, we can’t wait for TRNSMT 2018!

Tickets for TRNSMT 2018 are on Friday 14 July 2017 at 9:00AM. Grab them through Ticketmater.co.uk.

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