REVIEW: TRNSMT - Friday | Music Festival at Glasgow Green
"Outstanding performances from the moment the gates opened."
Fans descended on Glasgow Green as cinch presents TRNSMT Festival made its glorious return, welcoming back 50,000 fans and reuniting some of the UK’s biggest artists with the best crowd in the world. With a weekend of celebrations which saw over 70 acts perform across 3 stages, fans' excitement and enthusiasm was palpable. After the culinary triumph of last year, TRNSMT Festival, partnered once again with Big Feed offering punters authentic Mexican to classic Fish and Chips, and everything in between. There was something for everyone to enjoy and indulge. The vibrant atmosphere continued at the Boogie Bar where the crowd could check out banging DJ sets, or for a more chilled out experience, the Wellbeing Area offered a relaxing vibe where folk could take a break and recharge.
The opening day of Scotland’s biggest music festival was packed with outstanding performances from the moment the gates opened until the sun set, with the likes of Ella Henderson, Callum Beattie, Tom Grennan, SAINT PHNX, Nile Rodgers, Sam Fender, Paolo Nutini and even more, all making it an exciting day for a sold-out crowd.
Ella Henderson, had the crowd dancing from the get-go, introducing herself to the crowd as ABBA’s iconic ‘Dancing Queen’ boomed, before jumping into a glorious pop rock infused set, which included her hit song ‘Ghost’ and a snippet of Gerry Cinammon’s ‘Belter’. No stranger to Scotland Ella said, “I gotta say I’ve got Scottish in me, my dad is Scottish and I love Scotland” before belting out new track ‘Crazy What Love Can Do’.
“Glasgow, it’s good to be home!”, Callum Beattie screamed to a buzzing audience as he guzzled his beer, pumping his fist in the air he shouted “come on!” before performing ‘Daddy’s Eyes’ and the absolute belter ‘Salamander Street. Brooke Combe followed, with Brooke sauntering on stage shouting “What’s happening Glasgow!”, she received a warm welcome from the cinch presents TRNSMT crowd, the Midlothian singer has had an incredible year and it all culminated in a white hot performance on the legendary King Tut’s Stage.
Local legends SAINT PHNX, who played to a hometown crowd, captivated audiences with their towering hooks, eloquent songcraft, and energetic instrumentation. “We are SAINT PHNX from Glasgow and we’re so happy to be among you sexy people!”. Fresh off their preshow party last night at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut - the brotherly duo shone on stage, loving what they do.
The Main Stage crowd experienced what is sure to be one of the more emotional moments of the three-day event as North Shields' own Sam Fender performed the breakout hit of last summer ‘Seventeen Going Under’, with backing vocals provided by 50,000 ecstatic festival fans. As the chant began to wind down, Fender played the opening note to ‘Angel In Lothian’ reminding everyone he’s only played it four times in the past - a real treat for those TRNSMT fans lucky enough to witness it. As the song continued he said, “I spent about half my life growing up in the borders of Scotland, so this song is about that.” As the rain came down, he thanked fans for sticking around, no thanks necessary Sam - it had to be seen to be believed.
Making his triumphant live return and TRNSMT debut no less, Paisley’s own Paolo Nutini performed to a sold-out audience, experiencing first-hand the magic only a Scottish crowd can bring as he performed classic hits as well as new single ‘Through The Echoes.’
Renowned for his brooding swagger and smoky vocals, the Paisley singer gave his all to the crowd. He also performed ‘Jenny Don’t Be Hasty’ mashed up with a cover of the angsty classic ‘Teenage Kicks’ followed by fan favourite ‘New Shoes’ - the crowd went wild for it. With a bittersweet cover of ‘Caledonia’ he had the audience in tears but ready for more. After a hiatus from music, it’s as if he never left.
In a country already renowned for having the best audiences in the world, TRNSMT Festival, set within the City’s Glasgow Green, shows artists from around the world that there’s nothing better than a Scottish crowd. TRNSMT is a 3 day non-camping festival with 4 stages – Main stage, King Tut’s Stage, River Stage and the Boogie Bar, and boasts gold standard for accessibility, over 50 food traders, 20 bars and a variety of funfair rides.