Novice to the festival market ‘TRNSMT’ was close to breaking the (Scottish) internet this past Tuesday night.
Preparing to take on Glasgow Green this coming July, TRNSMT organisers (also the brains??? behind T in The Park..) milked every last second before announcing the highly anticipated line up via live stream on Facebook. While the long wait tested just about everyone’s patience and with more angry Facebook reactions than likes at one point, it really didn’t disappoint.
In the past few years, Glasgow has hosted a variety of festival-esque outdoor gigs including Stone Roses at Glasgow Green in 2013, Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2014 and more recently Noel Gallagher and Biffy Clyro (not together, that would be horrific) at Bellahouston Park as part of Glasgow Summer Sessions in August of 2016. With the temporary demise of T in The Park – an annual teen and twenty something favourite in Scotland – is TRNSMT set to become the new favourite?
I’m unsurprised at the rise of the ‘day festival’ and the decline of the ‘stay festival’. In all honesty, T in The Park had fairly gone downhill. Take what you want from that opinion – I am merely an observer, a ‘yeah, I seen their set on tv’ kinda gal. I have never been to the festival, it doesn’t really appeal to me – it never really has. It’s hard to pinpoint the reason why it’s lost its appeal to so many but I’ll take wild stab in the dark and say it’s a combination of a few things.
Moving location from popular site in Balado and overall poor organisation for camping guests and transport left a lot of loyalists underwhelmed and unwilling to pay to return in years to come. I can’t not mention the decline in quality of the line ups over the past few years – personal opinion of course, but I believe I’m speaking for the majority. A festival that for years prided itself on hosting actual physical instrument playing bands and artists has floated towards showcasing the less appealing electronic/DJ artists. The kind of people who rely far too heavily on lasers to put on a ‘good show’.
Naturally, festival organisers can’t please everyone and with the sudden rise of ‘exclusivity’ of bands and artists featuring at one festival and one festival only, it’s becoming increasingly harder to obtain the acts that people truly want to see. Consequently, people can’t justify the extortionate pricing of weekend tickets and travel to festivals to only see a handful of acts that they like.
Enter TRNSMT, the 3 day festival with somewhat reasonably priced tickets in an arguably alright location. I thought I’d never see the day.
I don’t know whether I’m just biased because Glasgow is my home city and I can get home in half an hour and I don’t have to spend the night in a B&M pop up tent in a shit-filled field. And you can’t really beat a Glasgow crowd either. And the Sunday is playing host to 3 of my favourite bands.
On the Friday, headliners Radiohead will play alongside Belle and Sebastian, London Grammar and Rag’n’Bone Man. On the Saturday the headliners are Kasabian with Catfish and The Bottlemen, George Erza, The Kooks and Circa Waves. And finally, Sunday – Biffy Clyro are headlining with The 1975, Twin Atlantic, Two Door Cinema Club and Blossoms. Across the board there are more bands and artists yet to be announced.
TRNSMT festival is undeniably geared towards fans of rock, alternative and indie music. It has a semi-niche to it, something that larger festivals including TITP lack and as a result, fail to entice an audience. Twitter couldn’t have been happier with the lineups (my twitter feed anyway) and in many cases, a lot of people’s favourite bands are performing on the same day, likely a carefully planned tactic from organisers. I hate to assume but I believe this may be in an attempt to test the waters for future T in The Park line ups, should it make a return in 2018.
TRNSMT festival is shaping up to be a guaranteed good time for anyone attending. I think it will be a nice alternative to its seemingly over-hyped and underwhelming predecessor. Just less of the horrendously long live stream announcements, yeah?