To round off a scorching weekend of music, we here at GIGsoup headed up to Glasgow for the final day of the first weekend at TRNSMT Festival. Even though it’s only in it’s second year, the festival has already sold out on some single day tickets, and with the amount of huge artists it’s no wonder why.
Friday opened up the festival with sets from Kodaline, James Bay, The Script and headliners Stereophonics. With Saturday performances coming from Wolf Alice, Gerry Cinnamon, Courteeners and headliner Liam Gallagher. With the sunshine and drinks on demand it’s no surprise that TRNSMT is fast becoming a firm festival favourite. It looks set to continue on to next year too, as theres no sign of a return from T In The Park.
Sunday was by far a date to remember. Not only because it marks the end of the first weekend, but because it was Arctic Monkeys only UK headline festival slot this summer. The band have been very picky with their festival season and chose TRNSMT as their UK exclusive, wandering around the site it’s clear to see with the amount of fan tees and art, that they are the reason most people made the trip to Glasgow.
Before that though, a full day of fun and music to enjoy. The day opened up with Tom Grennan and Miles Kane on the main stage followed by Declan McKenna, Nothing But Thieves, Blossoms and Interpol. All playing marvellous sets that the crowd went wild to. Over at the King Tuts stage was a collection of the best rising stars in the form of The Magic Gang, King No-One, Fatherson (who have only recently made their return back to music after a break, the crowd had clearly missed them) and headliner Sigrid.
As the end of the night approached, pretty much everyone on site made their way over to the vicinity of the main stage. Flares in hand, eyes glazed, Arctic Monkeys walked out to an ecstatic crowd and opened up with their latest single ‘Four Out Of Five’. Following this song I overheard someone say “now I understand the new album, it suits his (Alex Turner) live performance so well”. A perfect depict of how to understand the change in vibe from the band. Alex Turner is no longer a 20 year old, he’s grown and matured and has an aura about him that no other artist or even human being that I have ever encountered has. So relaxed, yet so cool and sophisticated but ever so slightly cocky. It’s the perfect blend and this new sound really reflects that in the best possible way. Although, yes, the songs from the latest album did get the least reaction from the crowd. Yet people still love them, it’s so different from everything else it’s hard to get used to hearing, but once you get over that hurdle it’s one of the most beautiful albums I have heard in a long time.
The mix of old and new tracks on the set list was chosen brilliantly, with ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dance Floor’, ‘Do Me A Favour’ and ‘Cornerstone’ being firm original favourites as well as the tour debut of ‘Teddy Picker’ getting everyone going mental. Another highlight was the outstanding rendition of ‘505’ with a guest appearance from Mr Miles Kane. Ending on the euphoric ‘R U Mine’ with the sun setting in the back of the main stage was a surreal experience for everyone involved. A blurry summers night brought the first weekend to a solid end, it’ll be hard for next weekend to stand up to that.
Next Friday brings the legendary Queen with Adam Lambert to Glasgow city centre with The Killers headlining on Sunday. Tickets are still available but be quick as they’re set to sell out in no time.