REVIEW: TRNSMT - Saturday | Music Festival at Glasgow Green
"Revellers descended onto the Green for an unforgettable line-up."
Day one was a hard act to follow, but Saturday at cinch presents TRNSMT Festival was always guaranteed to be a memorable one, as revellers descended onto the Green for an unforgettable line-up of Example, The Strokes, The Snuts, Jimmy Eat World, and Wet Leg with their unique blend of bass heavy grooves and quirky lyricisms stunning audiences.
Up-and-comer DYLAN was first up on today’s bill, rocking up in a two piece black and red suit - she wears her influences on her sleeve, from Guns N’ Roses to Aerosmith, she is a rock star in her own right, shouting, “I heard Guns N’ Roses cancelled, so I’m going to play them!” delivering an electrifying cover of their classic hit ‘Paradise City’. “Glasgow! How we feelin’!”
Example got the crowd jumping with a mix of his freshest tunes and his biggest hits, including Calvin Harris’ mum’s favourite ‘We’ll Be Coming Back!” Announcing that he had been “in the biz” for 15 years, he declared Scottish fans, "the best crowd in the world" - and I have to agree.
The Snuts proved exactly why they’re one of Scotland’s hottest exports, performing the eponymous tune ‘Glasgow’ to an adoring audience. “What’s happenin’ here, we’re The Snuts!” said lead singer Jack Cochrane. It was no secret, that he was one day destined for the Main Stage, and this year was that year.
Wet Leg joined the Main Stage, gloriously infusing bass heavy grooves with irreverent lyrics as they performed viral hit ‘Chaise Lounge’ to an adoring audience, leading a mass singalong of ‘Excuse me?! What?!’ The pair laughed as they spotted some dedicated Wet Leg fanatics in the audience dressed in Lobster costumes, a clever nod to their ‘Wet Dream’ video.
The iconic King Tut’s Stage played host to a collective of rising superstars including Pip Millett and KennyHoopla. Sheffield’s SELF ESTEEM performed tracks from her critically acclaimed 2021 album ‘Prioritise Pleasure’, dominating the stage she wore a black blazer and cycling shorts - reminiscent of pop Queen’s who came before her from Madonna, to Kylie and with her cool choreography and powerful stage presence, it’s clear contemporary pop is in safe hands. Heavyweights in the UK music scene, Maximo Park Official took the penultimate slot of the evening, opening with ‘Girls Who Play Guitars’ they joked, “Is anyone hot? I’m hot! Hotter than we expected in Glasgow, it’s time to get yer taps aff!”
As the sun set across the festival site, fans were ready for something special as cinch presents TRNSMT festival prepared to welcome The Strokes with the New York group making their long-awaited return to Glasgow. Swaggering on stage to classic hit ‘Is This It’, they quickly burst into ‘New York City Cops’. Performing hits from their iconic discography including ‘The Adults Are Talking’ and ‘Juicebox’. With a back catalogue tailor made for glorious festival moments - it was a set that had to be seen to be believed, a Glasgow send off for a legendary band.
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.