Could TRNSMT be better than T in the Park?

TITP’s ‘little sister’ festival was announced in January, with many keen festival goers wondering which acts would take the Glasgow Green stage. On Tuesday this week, the 31st of January, the line up was released. I was completely shocked that such a contrasting and divergent line up of artists could come from the same makers of TITP.

The grounds of Glasgow Green. Photo credit: Jim Smillie,
In recent years, TITP’s headliners have came from a range of different genres. TITP didn’t seem to be a concrete genre festival; it didn’t seem like a rock festival, or a pop festival. It was a mix of genres. To me, I thought it was a big clash when in 2016, two of the headliners were Calvin Harris (a DJ) and rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. That’s always been what’s put me off the festival.

However, with this new TRNSMT festival, it really has sparked an interest in me. The three main headliners are three of my favourite bands; Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro. The acts joining them consist of:

  • Blossoms
  • The Kooks
  • George Ezra
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen
  • Twin Atlantic

Among others.

Kasabian headline the second night. Photo credit:
TRNSMT comes across as mainly a rock/alternative/indie festival, which I love. The Reading & Leeds festival is the only festival in the U.K. that has this style, but that’s all the way down in England. It’s exciting to see Scotland adopt this type and quality of festival.

However, I could be completely wrong. There are still more acts to be announced for TRNSMT, and if the addition of a DJ or pop artist sabotages the line up, I’ll go back to believing Reading & Leeds is our only hope for a festival with truly good music.


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