CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN, BASTILLE, RICHARD ASHCROFT, SIGRID, FONTAINES D.C., JADE BIRD AND MORE PARTY WITH FANS IN THE HEART OF GLASGOW…
After a hugely successful sold-out opening day which saw amazing performances from an eclectic group of artists including Stormzy, Gerry Cinnamon, Years & Years, AJ Tracey, Example, Mahalia, The Big Moon, Lauren Spiteri and more; music fans returned to the heart of Glasgow Green today for another unforgettable day of memories and live music in the glorious Scottish sunshine for day two of TRNSMT Festival.
The second day of another sold-out TRNSMT Festival featured yet another outstanding array of international stars, with artists from the likes of Australia, Canada and Norway performing at Scotland’s biggest music festival. And for the third consecutive year, the Scottish audience were bathed in sunshine, with temperatures rising to a lovely 21 degrees.
BRITs Critics Choice Award winner, and pal of Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender opened proceedings on the Main Stage. As soon as the gates opened, the clouds cleared and the sun filled the sky as thousands of delighted smiling faces galloped towards the Main Stage for his set. Firmly recognised as one of the UK’s finest new talents, the singer-songwriter blew fans away with his deeply soulful brogue and rousing, socially conscious indie anthems. Playing to a huge crowd, the Newcastle lad brought unstoppable energy to Glasgow Green playing tunes including new single ‘Will We Talk?’, ‘Dead Boys’ and ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ and addressing the passion of the crowd with: “I love it up here, you always look after us!”
Making the leap from the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy to the Main Stage in the short space of a year, one of Scotland’s fastest rising outfits The Snuts made their presence known early in the afternoon. Looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Bathgate native Lewis Capaldi, the recent Parlophone signees had the crowd clambering on shoulders and singing along to each and every indie anthem including the epic ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Manhattan Project’. With the crowd mirroring their energy with chants of “The Snuts are on fire” it was an incredible display from one of the nation’s most exciting emerging talents. As the band sang their ode to the city, ‘Glasgow’, dedicating the tune to the TRNSMT crowd, it was clear this was a moment both TRNSMT fans and the band will remember for years to come.
Sundara Karma and DMA’s also made a lasting impression; the latter having travelled all the way from Australia for their slot on the TRNSMT Main Stage. Sundara Karma brought a huge crowd to the Main Stage playing tunes including ‘Cold Heaven’ and shouting to the fans, “It’s wonderful to be back here in Glasgow, it really is.” DMA’s are a band who hold a very special place in the hearts of Scottish music fans, and the indie-rock trio delivered their Britpop-inspired anthems with gusto including tracks ‘Play It Out’, ‘In The Air’ and ‘Lay Down’.
An incredible atmosphere swept the site on Saturday as fans spread out around Glasgow Green, basking in the sunshine and chilling out around the tree-lined fields. Popular areas included the exclusive VIP area, the Smirnoff House and the newly relocated Utilita Power Tree. With a mix of exciting DJs and picturesque spots to enjoy cocktails and the surrounding music, fans were also treated to a range of international cuisines with tasty food trucks dotted around the site as well as street food extravaganza PLATFORM ON TOUR.
Over at the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy, Skinny Lister got the party started early as the first band to play on Saturday as the sun split the Glasgow sky, fans jumped around mirroring their epic spirit. The Dunts flew the flag for Glasgow later in the afternoon; spawned from the city’s thriving punk scene, their rapid ascent looks set to continue throughout the rest of the year after this performance which sent fans into a frenzy. The crowd were in the palm of The Dunts’ hands as they made their TRNSMT Festival debut marking the occasion with a huge cover of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’.
Another artist who has made the leap from the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy to the Main Stage since last year, Norway’s Sigrid put on a euphoric display of pop perfection early in the evening opening up with the huge tune ‘Sucker Punch’. She told the crowds: “It’s incredible to be back and now… this stage! Thank you!” Sigrid delivered the perfect summertime atmosphere in Glasgow as she played tracks from her huge debut album, simply made for festival singalongs including ‘Strangers’, ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and ‘Don’t Feel Like Crying.’ The good vibes and euphoric energy of her set is sure to remain etched in fans memories all summer long.
After another phenomenal day of live music and unforgettable memories, The Hunna closed the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy dressed in tartan kilts and played to a sea of people in the corner of the sunny TRNSMTsite. It was then left to Catfish and the Bottlemen to bring Saturday’s festivities to a thunderous finale. The band, who cut their teeth in some of Glasgow’s most intimate venues back in the very early stages of their career, delivered a set that was quite simply hit after hit and worthy of their status as festival closers. Backed by a choir of diehard fans, they dropped festival anthems like ‘Kathleen’, ‘Cocoon’ and ‘7’ as well as new material from their latest album ‘The Balance’. A band who have struck a chord with a new generation of music fans, Glasgow Green was in complete euphoria by the end of the night. Another band to have penned a love song to the city, they performed the spectacular ‘Glasgow’, with the whole crowd singing in unison.
As another triumphant day for TRNSMT 2019 comes to an end, Scotland’s biggest music festival has one day left at Glasgow Green which is already a sell-out. Backed by the best crowd in the world, fans can expect memorable performances from chart-topping heroes like George Ezra, Lewis Capaldi, Emeli Sandé & more. Those lucky enough to have a ticket for the sold-out closing day will be in for a treat.
Festival Director, Geoff Ellis said: “We picked up exactly where we left off yesterday, with a day filled with huge performances across the TRNSMT site. Another sold-out crowd enjoyed some amazing names in music today, with Fontaines D.C., Jade Bird, DMA’s, Sigrid and Bastille really setting the scene for the day.
“Tonight’s closing act Catfish and the Bottlemen brought their festival-ready, anthemic rock ’n’ roll to Glasgow with style. Hearing the crowd singing ‘Glasgow’ sent shivers down the spine and will stay with me for a long time to come.”
For those who are attending the final day of TRNSMT 2019, you can find stage times plus a handy timetable tool on the FREE TRNSMT app which allows fans to select the acts they want to see and sends reminders before each set begins. Download here.
With more hot weather forecast for the weekend, organisers remind fans to come prepared and to look after themselves while on site. Bring sun cream for during the day as well as a jacket for the evening when it will become cooler.
Everyone coming on site can bring an empty 500ml bottle with them to top up via the taps – though glass and hard plastic or metal drinks containers will not be allowed onsite. If you forget one, there are many on-site vendors who will be selling them, which can then be reused. It’s also important to rest and make sure you are eating enough food throughout the day – there is a huge range of food vendors on site to cater for all dietary requirements. Fans are reminded not to delay if they feel unwell – there are significant medical provisions onsite including welfare points, first aid, ambulance, and onsite hospital facilities.
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