With temperatures still soaring and tens of thousands of fans gathered on the now tropical Glasgow Green, Arctic Monkeys managed to soar temperatures even further with their UK festival exclusive performance this Sunday evening.
The day was begun by Tom Grennan, who marvellously played two gigs in two country’s at two festivals on the same day. Before jetting off to Finsbury Park’s Community Festival, he opened main-stage proceedings at TRNSMT in spectacular style. ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ and ‘Sober’ are already anthems in their own right, his debut album drops on Friday and its all we’ve been excited for at Eudaemonia HQ.
Miles Kane had been slow to return to the live setting following the closure of 2016s Last Shadow Puppet’s world tour, one which he said to be the greatest musical experience of his life. No doubt the past few years he has been tucked away somewhere in LA preparing for the release of a third studio album and honing his live sound. However, his return to Scotland was nothing short of spectacular, tracks such as ‘Rearrange,’ ‘Inhaler’ and ‘Closer’ were mind blowing and anthemic. However, special attention must be made to new tracks such as ‘Coup De Grace,’ they will become radio mainstays in the not too distant future.
The festival is already known for pushing younger artists, Declan McKenna is a fine example of this. Tracks such as ‘Brazil’ hit the main stage for a powerful Sunday singalong. The King Tut’s Powered by Utilita Stage also played home to some of the country hotly tipped bands including The Magic Gang. However, they were pale in comparison to the fun powered, energetic Confidence Man who will soon be known the world over. In fact, their set was, to many, THE highlight of TRNSMT’s opening weekend. Sigrid also topped the stage, hits such as ‘Strangers’ and ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ sealed an ideal end to a sunny Glaswegian Sunday.
TRNSMT’s opening weekend was always going to be a success, though it was a combination of weather, nice vibes and alcoholic lust which created one of THE best festival atmosphere’s of the year. Such an atmosphere climaxed during a sun drenched Blossoms set. Far more than a group of indie fuelled Mancunian’s, their mix of synths and guitar riffs is impressive at the least. Hits such as ‘Cool Like You’ and ‘There’s a Reason Why,’ taken from their second album release, were already anthemic in their own right. However, it was ‘Charlemagne’ which truly became a highlight of the day.
And so, following a brief yet impressive set from the returning Interpol, it was time for the one and only Arctic Monkeys to take to the stage. It was their first Scottish gig since T in the Park four years back, the last to be held at its original site. However, their TRNSMT debut came following the release of latest studio album Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, a change in musical direction. The question hot on the lips of the mass crowd was: can the new songs merge with the old?
The answer is subjective, to some, new tracks such as ‘Star Treatment’ and ‘Four Out Of Five’ are unique, different and pragmatic. To others, they are slower, weaker and purposely omit catchy guitar riffs. One thing is for sure, the Sheffield band are constantly evolving for the better! Arctic Monkeys have a back catalogue like no other, their set offered hits from each era of a career which now spans over a decade. ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor,’ ‘R U Mine,’ ‘Do I Wanna Know’ and more all helped to create a festival anthem like no other.
Clearly, TRNSMT have hit the jackpot in 2018. Geoff Ellis, Festival Director said:
“It might have hit 29 degrees at Glasgow Green today but, that was nothing compared to the temperature on stage. My personal highlight of the day had to be Arctic Monkeys, who played an exceptional set. TRNSMT was the only chance to see them at a UK festival this year, so seeing them close off a phenomenal weekend of music was something special.”
Focus now turns to next weekend, now, it’s time for fans to count the minutes and seconds until Glasgow Green once again roars next Friday and Saturday with Queen + Adam Lambert and The Killers.
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