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A TRIUMPHANT RETURN FOR 50,000 FANS AT SOLD OUT CINCH PRESENTS TRNSMT FESTIVAL    

DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED PAOLO NUTINI, SAM FENDER AND NILE RODGERS & CHIC ON GLASGOW GREEN’S MAIN STAGE PLUS BEABADOOBEE, SAINT PHNX, CALLUM BEATTIE AND MORE  

8TH-10TH JULY 2022

GLASGOW GREEN

WEEKEND SOLD OUT

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THE ICONIC CHANT ‘HERE WE, HERE WE…’ SYNONYMOUS WITH GLASGOW WAS BACK AT SCOTLAND’S BIGGEST FESTIVAL.  

Photo Credit: Ryan Johnstone

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.  

The opening day of Scotland’s biggest music festival was packed with outstanding performances from the moment the gates opened until the sunset, with the likes of Paolo NutiniSam FenderBeabadoobeeElla HendersonLuke La Volpe and even more, all making it an exciting day for a sold-out crowd.  

Nile Rodgers & CHIC – “Are you ready to party Glasgow?”

The Lathums – “It’s really good to be back, this is how it’s supposed to be!” 

Paolo Nutini – “Hello Glasgow, you’re looking good.”

With a weekend of celebrations ahead which will see over 70 acts perform across 3 stages, fans’ excitement and enthusiasm at returning to the festival was palpable as the city-centre site played host to the best in live music. After the culinary triumph of last year, cinch presents TRNSMT 2022, partnered once again with Big Feed offering fans everything from dirty vegan burgers at Typhoon Ten, to Bao Buns over at Street Bao Buns, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and indulge in. The vibrant atmosphere continued at the Boogie Bar where the crowd could check out DJ sets from K4cie and Beth, or for a more chilled-out experience, fans headed to the Wellbeing Area, where they could take a break and recharge. 

Festival Music Fans on Day One – Photo Credit: Martin Bone

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 Glasgow crowd can bring as he performed classic hits including ‘Funk My Life Up’ and ‘Candy’ as well as new single ‘Through The Echoes.’ Renowned for his brooding swagger and smoky vocals, the Paisley singer gave his all to the cinch presents TRNSMT crowd, with Nutini saying “Glasgow you’re looking good, you’re looking very good in fact, you’re looking great.” Up next was ‘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, closing the first day on what is set to be the biggest TRNSMT yet.

Photo Credit: Martin Bone

The Main Stage crowd experienced what is sure to be one of the more emotional moments of the three-day event as North Shields’ ownSam 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. 

PHOTO CREDIT: MARTIN BONE

The Bootleg Beatles kicked the day off in nostalgic fashion, donning matching black suits, they performed ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and the anthem ‘Hey Jude’ to a mesmerised crowd. Disco heavyweights Nile Rodgers & CHIC made their sensational return to Glasgow, “Are you ready to party?” He ponders before a surreal exhibition of club nostalgia takes hold, performing legendary tracks ‘I Want Your Love’, ‘Le Freak’ and David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’.  Tom Grennan and The Lathums followed, with the latter achieving a UK No1 last year for their debut album ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’. Walking on stage to crowd chants of “Here we f****** go!”, the Manchester stars teased the audience saying, “you might know this next little song?” before playing fan favourite track ‘I See Your Ghost’. 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 Cinnamon’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’.

Photo Credits – Martin Bone – www.martinbone.co.uk

Friday’s King Tut’s Stage line-up saw a host of award winners and nominees performing, from a Brits Rising Star Award nominee in Beabadoobee, to a Scottish Jazz Award recipient with Kitti. Kitti opened today’s River Stage, backed by a groovy 5 piece band – it was a set dedicated to female empowerment with the songstress dedicating new track ‘How Long’ to all women in the audience, she said,  “Imma’ do this song on my own, this ones for all you ladies!”.

Photo credit: Martin Bone

With quiet confidence, Beabadoobee made her return to Glasgow – headlining the King Tut’s Stage, with her unique fusion of contemporary low-fi beats and vintage Britpop sound, it made for a Friday highlight. London-based rap artist M Huncho captivated audiences with his brand of edgy, thought-provoking lyrics and beats, along with local legends SAINT PHNX who played to a hometown crowd. “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 duo shone on stage, loving what they do.

Photo Credits – Martin Bone – www.martinbone.co.uk

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’. Walking out in a baby blue ensemble which included a sharp suit and tinted glasses to boot, Luke La Volpe channelled rock kings of the past from Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley, bringing a coy swagger to the King Tut’s Stage – ecstatic at the response from the crowd, Luke said, “I didn’t expect so many of ya” before playing the track ‘Dead Man’s Blues. 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 Edinburgh singer has had an incredible year and it all culminated in a white-hot performance on the legendary King Tut’s Stage. 

PHOTO CREDIT: MARTIN BONE

Over on the River Stage, fans could catch the best up-and-coming artists, one day destined for the main stage. An energetic crowd saw The Skinner Brothers, coming alive at the question of frontman Zachary Skinner, “Are you ready to get it f****** moving?!”.

Alongside Stone, Finn Askew, Dead Pony, The Roly Mo and Etta Marcus, there was no shortage of show-stopping performances. With Terra Kin, sashaying onto the stage in a flowing silk maxi dress, telling the crowd, “The sun is out and hopefully it’s here to stay”, accompanied only by a saxophone, keyboard and gentle vocals, it was a dreamy escape in the sun for those TRNSMT revellers.

The next two days will see Main Stage headliners The Strokes and Lewis Capaldi entertain crowds at sold-out Glasgow Green, with sets from FoalsWolf AliceNina Nesbitt and many more. As the sun sets on the first day of cinch presents TRNSMT, it’s clear Scotland’s biggest festival is back, better than ever.  

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FRIDAY 8TH JULY  

Main Stage  

Paolo Nutini, Sam Fender, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Tom Grennan, The Lathums, Ella Henderson, The Bootleg Beatles  

King Tut’s Stage  

Beabadoobee, M Huncho, Saint PHNX, Callum Beattie, Luke La Volpe, Brooke Combe, Kitti  

River Stage  

Stone, Terra Kin, Finn Askew, Dead Pony, The Roly Mo, Etta Marcus   

SATURDAY 9th JULY  

Main Stage  

The Strokes, Foals, The Snuts, Fontaines D.C, Example, Griff  

King Tut’s Stage  

Jimmy Eat World, Maximo Park, Self Esteem, Wet Leg, KennyHoopla, Pip Millet, Retro Video Club, CVC,   

River Stage  

Baby Strange, Pip Bloom, CMAT, Parliamo, George O’Hanlon, Medicine Cabinet  

SUNDAY 10th JULY  

Main Stage  

Lewis Capaldi, Wolf Alice, DMA’s, Sigrid, Mimi Webb, Sigala, Dylan John Thomas, Nina Nesbitt  

King Tut’s Stage  

Easy Life, Gang of Youths, Thomas Headon, Jamie Webster, Alfie Templeman, Mae Muller, Everyone You Know, Crawlers  

River Stage  

The Reytons, Rianne Downey, Connor Fyfe, Dylan Fraser, Luz, Bonnie Kemplay, Alex Amor  

About cinch 

Cinch aims to take stress out of finding, buying and owning a used car. It has quickly established itself as a leader for online used car search and purchases in the UK, and continues to enjoy exponential sales growth with its new, motorist friendly way to search for, buy and maintain a quality-checked used vehicle. cinch’s faff-free commitment to customers puts Britain back in the driving seat, with quality checked cars delivered direct to the buyer’s door wherever they are across mainland UK, and a 14-day money-back-guarantee.  

Cinch’s investment in partnership with Live Nation builds on an impressive roster of high-profile sponsorship deals with some of the country’s best-loved sport brands, including Tottenham Hotspur, Northampton Saints, the LTA for the cinch Championships, The British Motor Show, and most recently with the ECB, as Principal Partner of England Cricket.  

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CARLSBERG 

It’s no secret the Danes love their music, which is why Carlsberg has once again collaborated with cinch presents TRNSMT. Part of the exciting line-up will be Carlsberg’s Danish Pilsner, rebrewed for a crisper, fuller taste. Worth a try? Probably 

SOMERSBY  

Somersby are excited to be the official cider partner of cinch presents TRNSMT. Best served thirsty. This delicious cold-filtered cider has no artificial flavours or sweeteners, simply bucket-loads of great apple taste. That’s real refreshment. 

PEPSI MAX  

As an official sponsor of some of the greatest UK festivals, Pepsi MAX takes a bold approach to bringing people together through music. Pepsi MAX are a long-standing partner of Live Nation and look forward to creating more musical moments together. Pepsi MAXMAXIMUM TASTE, no sugar.  

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Martin Bone - Editor-in-Chief

Martin is a founding member of Patchchord News and is Director & Editor-in-Chief for PCN Magazine / Patchchord News Martin also is a Freelance Photographer and lives in the Scottish Borders Scotland. Martin also specialises in Commercial Photography in Music & Events, Sports and Portrait Photography and Video. Also the Official Photographer for Football Club Maybole Juniors.
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