Us festival fans were all pretty distraught late last year when T in the Park‘s organisers announced they would “take a break” in 2017, citing problems with site restrictions, as well as financial constraints. It left a gaping hole in the summer schedule – nicely placed after Glastonbury and the perfect set up for a huge Reading and Leeds weekender – and after 23 glorious rain soaked/mud caked years, Scotland’s biggest and best festival was gone.
Almost instantly, rumours began circulating of a new event based out of Glasgow Green in the city centre. No camping, much less fuss, and an indie/alternative rock-orientated line-up. Well, those rumours have come to fruition. Now we have the first crop of names – and it’s big.
Three of the UK’s biggest and best bands, Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro will take to the main stage headline slots across the weekend. But it’s not just them; Friday night features Scottish indie-pop darlings Belle and Sebastian, the recently returning London Grammar, and one of our very own Tips For 2017, Rag’N’Bone Man. Saturday sees the return of rock gods-in-waiting Catfish and the Bottlemen, after a career defining set at T in the Park last year. They’ll join George Ezra, The Kooks and Circa Waves. The festival closes with future headliners The 1975 on “Special Guest” duty, as well as Two Door Cinema Club, Twin Atlantic, and Amazing Radio favourites, Blossoms.
This is only the beginning – organisers have already confirmed that many more artists are still to be added to the bill. Early bird tickets go on sale Friday (3rd February) from 9am, with day tickets from £65, and weekend tickets costing £160. Grab yours here. TRNSMT takes place from 7-9 July, and going by the line-up so far, you’re going to want to be there.
Check out our TRNSMT festival playlist below: