FROM BIFFY PYRO, TO THE RADIOHEAD SINGALONG, TO THE BEST CROWD STORMZY’S EVER SEEN… WE’RE THROWING IT BACK IN CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST-EVER TRNSMT FEST!
Two weeks have passed since Scotland’s newest and biggest festival TRNSMT opened its gates to over 120,000 magnificent Glasgow music fans who basked in the glorious sunshine. TRNSMT brought global superstars to Glasgow as well as cultivating an exciting line-up of headliners of the future. TRNSMT made memories to last a lifetime thanks to incredible performances from Radiohead, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro, The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Stormzy – to name a few. Early Bird tickets for 2018 – which will take place over 6-8 July – are sold out and, as the dust settles on the Green, it’s time to take a look at the best bits of the first ever TRNSMT…
1. CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN’S GLASGOW SERENADE…
Catfish and the Bottlemen have made no secret of their love for the city, dedicating the aptly titled ‘Glasgow’ on chart topping album The Ride to memorable nights out on Sauchiehall Street and the band’s early gigs in some of Glasgow’s smallest venues. And as they took to the Main Stage to play the tune, it was a moment to remember as frontman Van McCann serenaded the sold out Saturday crowd (or the crowd serenaded him) with the band’s trademark inflatable alligators swaying in the air as far as the eye can see…
2. THE BEST CROWD STOMZY’S EVER SEEN…
One of the most highly anticipated sets of the weekend came from man of the moment Stormzy as in the Saturday sunshine he really got the party started. He blasted through hits “Big For Your Boots”, “Shut Up” and Ed Sheeran collaboration “Shape of You” and
it seems the Scottish crowd impressed as Stormzy declared “This is one of the best crowds I’ve ever had the pleasure of performing for.”
3. “BIT EMOTIONAL SERGE!”
Kasabian and a Glasgow crowd go hand in hand so it was no surprise to anyone that TRNSMT’s Saturday night headliners brought the revelry to Glasgow Green. Kicking the set off with “Ill Ray (The King)” then charging into fan favourites “Eez-eh” and “Shoot the Runner”, the show gave TRNSMT fans everything they’d hoped for and more. Kasabian gave us a glimpse into their time at TRNSMT with an amazing tour diary video showing Tom and Serge reveling in all their well-deserved headliner glory, and even getting a bit emotional!
4. #SMIRNOFFHOUSE PARTY AND JACK ROCKS AT TRNSMT
#SmirnoffHouse ensured the party never stopped at TRNSMT as they provided festivalgoers with an endless supply of storming sets including highlights from Nightwave, Monki and Glasgow’s own Jasper James. Nestled away between the trees, fans stumbling upon the #SmirnoffHouse didn’t have to look too far for the next party, as The Jack Rocks Stage allowed TRNSMT fans the chance to see the country’s best up and coming acts. Packed out all weekend, Anteros and Medicine Men provided some of the most memorable moments.
5. FOR A MINUTE THERE I LOST MYSELF!
Radiohead’s long-awaited return to Glasgow Green was summed up poignantly as 35,000 fans sang the line “For a minute there, I lost myself” in unison back to the band, much to the delight of front man Thom Yorke. After an incredible two and a half hour journey spanning thirty years of career defining music, Radiohead brought their transcendent set to a close with OK Computer classic “Karma Police”.
WATCH : More epic moments from Radiohead’s TRNSMT set can be found on BBC iPlayer
6. “WHY ISN’T EVERY GIG IN SCOTLAND?”
Continuing the sunshine-drenched Saturday singalongs, George Ezra appeared to enjoy his TRNSMT set just as much as fans, declaring it potentially his “favourite show of the summer so far”. With new songs like “Don’t Matter Now” going down just as well as classics “Budapest” and “Cassy O”, George Ezra’s sunshine tunes were made for the festival stage and fans made sure the young singer-songwriter felt the TRNSMT love. TRNSMT loves you too George!
7. TRNSMT stage invasion
Friday night belonged to homegrown heroes Belle and Sebastian and they didn’t let the biggest show they’d ever played in Scotland pass without inviting overjoyed fans onstage for their traditional dance along to “The Boy With The Arab Strap” and “The Party Line”. Stuart Murdoch told crowds he wrote the classic “Judy and the Dream of Horses” during a stroll through Glasgow Green years ago, making their set a very fitting reminder of Glasgow’s prominence as a music city.
8. FITTING FIREWORKS FINALE THANKS TO BIFFY PYRO!
Glasgow Green is no stranger to a good fireworks show, but a contender for years to come has to be Scottish stars’ Biffy Clyro bringing the first ever TRNSMT to a close with a rousing rendition of “Stingin’ Belle” as fireworks lit up the Glasgow sky, amazing audiences and band alike. Biffy brought an unlimited supply of confetti canons, pyrotechnics and fireworks to ensure their first headline TRNSMT set will go down in the festival’s history. A Glasgow’s crowd affection for Biffy is unrivalled and clearly Simon Neil reciprocated the adoration, proudly declaring: “Tonight has been our favourite ever show in Scotland”.
With TRNSMT 2018 early bird tickets already sold-out, the countdown for another weekend of incredible live music and exceptional Scottish audiences is on…only 349 days to go!
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