Review: TRNSMT 2018

 

Scotland’s biggest festival finished off an incredible sun drenched weekend at Glasgow Green as Arctic Monkeys made their comeback in a UK festival exclusive.

As the sun went down, Arctic Monkeys graced the TRNSMT main stage with a generous set – a varied track list from previous albums, as well as promoting the brand new ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’. Fans went mental as Alex Turner brought pal Miles Kane to the stage for 505, and we saw tracks such as Arabella, Knee Socks and I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, with an unreal encore of Star Treatment, From The Ritz to the Rubble and R U Mine?

TRNSMT 2018

Friday saw an amazing opening day of the festival as nineties rock band Embrace kicked things off on the main stage, followed by Irish lads Kodaline; their folk tracks filling Glasgow Green with incredibly happy vibes as they performed the well loved ‘Ready’ and ‘All I Want’.

James Bay mixed things up with his new album, Electric Light, by starting things off with Pink Lemonade, then going on to perform the popular ‘Let It Go’ from his debut album – filling the Green with smiling fans belting their hearts out.

The King Tuts stage saw sets throughout the day from artists such as Sam Fender, Pale Waves, Tom Walker, Marmozets and The Ninth Wave. To bring the first day to a close, Stereophonics headlined the main stage with an absolutely incredible set. Perfecting the headline spot – Kelly and the band played a range of iconic tracks including Superman, I Wanna Get Lost With You, Have a Nice Day, Maybe Tomorrow, The Bartender and the Thief and finally, finished with Dakota and a Green full of fans jumping up and down singing ‘You made me feel like the one’.

TRNSMT 2018

Throughout Saturday, we saw slots from Liverpool boys the Night Café, indie band The Academic and The Snuts who filled the King Tuts stage with Scottish fans in their hometown. Gerry Cinnamon, Wolf Alice and The Lafontaines filled the main stage through the afternoon with a mix of acoustic and alternative rock based performances.

Indie rock lads The Courteeners played the main stage ahead of Liam Gallaghers headline show, prepping fans for a mad night with a field full of flares and well-known tracks Not Nineteen Forever, Summer, Are You In Love With a Notion? Bide Your Time and What Took You So Long?

Liam Gallagher fulfilled all expectations; kicking off his performance with black and white video footage of him walking to the stage, he came on to play Oasis’ Rock n Roll Star followed by a few tracks from his new album, As You Were, including Greedy Soul, Wall of Glass, Bold and For What It’s Worth. He ended the night with two encores; the first was filled with popular Oasis tunes Live Forever and Cigarettes and Alcohol and the second, the legendary Wonderwall, which saw fans on shoulders singing along as the sun set over the Green.

For the final day of weekend one (with the sun belting at a glorious 28 degrees) highlights included Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy with his transfixing, heart wrenching set list and BBC Music Sound of 2018 winner, Sigrid, who’s best known for her tracks Don’t Kill My Vibe, Plot Twist and Strangers.

Sunday also saw sets from The Last Shadow Puppet’s Miles Kane with his iconic tracks and Manchester boys the Blossoms smashed it on the main stage promoting their second album ‘Cool Like You’ ahead of their UK headline shows. Weekend two – show us what you’ve got!

Words by Sophie Eastham // @sophyvictoriae