It is no surprise that TRNSMT has already announced it will return to Glasgow Green in 2019. This year’s event has been second to none with The Killers bringing their huge, LA mimicking set to the main stage. Following in the footsteps of Queen + Adam Lambert, Arctic Monkeys, Liam Gallagher and Stereophonics, they headline in phenomenal style.
With Hudson Taylor and Lewis Capaldi opening the main stage, it is clear that the legacy of the festival is already in full force. Capaldi last year performed upon the King Tut’s Powered by Utilita stage, this year graduating to the main one. His set wads momentous, the young Glasgow singer said: “This is the biggest stage I have ever played; feels amazing to be in my hometown!”
Friendly Fires made their TRNSMT debut as part of their 2018 live comeback. Their tropical, dance based fusion of indie rock was impressive in the Glasgow Green setting. Whilst new music is expected, their set basked on the classics including ‘Jump In The Pool’ and ‘Paris.’ With colourful pyro and confetti lighting up the main stage, its clear that Friendly Fires are back with a point to prove.
The day was somewhat of a homecoming, with heroes being welcomed back to great response. Franz Ferdinand were the first, their set described only as a hotbox of indie anthems. ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘Do You Want To’ were both glorious and nostalgic. Glasgow Green is famous for its atmosphere, though it will do a lot to top such an impressive hour or so of singalong. CHVRCHES too found themselves returning home for the first time in a while. Their world tour was massive, seeing them high up on festival bills all over. Three critically acclaimed albums later, CHVRCHES now find themselves rightfully amongst mass hometown crowds.
Tracks such as ‘Get Out’ and ‘Bury It’ were huge, a synth soundtrack to a sunny setting. In fact, the weather at this year’s TRNSMT was nothing short of perfect, a long stretch from 2016’s calamitous T in the Park. TRNSMT seems to be here for the long run and rightfully so! Closing with hit ‘The Mother We Share,’ CHVRCHES were basking in the glory of such a long anticipated return with frontwoman Lauren Mayberry saying: “It’s been a really long time since we have played to our hometown, so thank you guys very much for coming out to see us!”
The end of the two weekend festival was somewhat emotional, organisation wise it has been one of the best. Musically memorable, TRNSMT is rapidly becoming not just a centripetal celebration for Glasgow, but for the entirety of Scotland. The stage was now set of the Scottish return of The Killers.
The Brandon Flowers fronted band has been traversing the world over, their festival commitments nothing short of relentless. With arenas and stadiums already in the bag, they brought their UK tour to a close with a successful TRNSMT headline slot. Their setlist is both huge and riddle with hits, ‘Somebody Told Me’, ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ were all hallmarks of an intense blend of anthemic indie rock. With a secret set at King Tut’s penned in for later that evening, it is clear that The Killers see Glasgow with high regard. They themselves may even be regarded as honorary Scots.
This year’s TRNSMT has been a celebration of music, not just in Scotland but the world over. A true classic!
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