Glasgow’s biggest festival TRNSMT returns to the Green next month for it’s third year, welcoming 150,000 fans over the 3 days, and is set to bring yet another incredible weekend filled with a range of remarkably talented emerging and renown artists across the three stages.
This year introduces the brand new Queen Tut’s stage to help close the festivals’ gender play gap by supporting emerging female local talent. Female headliners include Cara Rose, LUNIR, Deni Smith, Scarlett Randal and The Eaves.
Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) is a community of music creators and industry professionals who identify as female, and welcome non-binary, trans, queer women. The organisation is committed to achieving a level playing field for women, pushing for gender equality across the music industry, which includes musicians, DJs, composers, photographers, journalists and tech staff. Across the weekend of TRNSMT, festival goers will have the chance to hear more about their important work and donate to support their mission.
With less than four weeks to go until the festival gates open with the most eclectic line-up to date, we’ve highlighted our favourite acts so you can get the most out of your festival experience.
Friday 12th July welcomes back singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon to his hometown who, since his debut performance at the festival in 2017 on the King Tut’s stage, has sold out his UK tour and continues to build a solid fan base with the release of his anthemic debut album, Erratic Cinematic. Catch him on the Main Stage for tracks including Sometimes, Belter, Lullaby and What Have You Done.
Other artists taking over the Main Stage on the first day of the festival include Sony’s Elliott John Gleave, better known as Example, who is well known for popular track Kickstarts and his Platinum selling number 1 Playing In The Shadows. His most recent project, 9 track mix tape Bangers & Ballads, emphasises the reinvention of himself and his dance roots along with his most recent release, All Night.
The Saturday of the festival will bring an insane line-up; it’s jam-packed full of incredible artists including Sydney lads DMA’s, who are well known for indie track Delete from their debut EP. And Brit award winner Sam Fender ahead of his debut album release, Hypersonic Missiles.
The Snuts return to TRNSMT Festival (from King Tuts to the Main Stage) to play a range of their rock n’ roll, guitar heavy tracks before a Summer filled with European festivals and Irish punk-rock band Fontaines D.C. will play King Tut’s following the release of their debut album, Dogrel, which includes tracks Big, Sha Sha Sha and Too Real.
To finish off the Saturday we’ll see the ultimate indie-rock lads close the Main Stage – Llandudno’s Catfish and the Bottlemen, who’ll headline (and no doubt exceed expectations) throwing out tracks from their three albums, The Balcony (2014) The Ride (2016) and brand new release, The Balance.
Winning more major music awards than any other artist on the 2019 line-up, Snow Patrol will play the Main Stage on the Sunday with a combination of amazing tracks from their 25 years as a band, spent creating heartfelt and relatable indie-pop music. Be sure to listen to their most recent album Wildness, which includes tracks Don’t Give In, A Youth Written In Fire and Empress.
We’ve picked indie sensation The Kooks as a must see for the Sunday – since the release of their debut album Inside In/Inside Out in 2006 with Virgin Records, they’ve continued to create upbeat, alternative indie tunes reflected through a solid 5 albums.
If you fancy jumping into the mosh pit make sure you catch The Amazons on the Sunday (who will perform following the release of their second studio album, Future Dust) and The Wombats, who will take over Glasgow to play their euphoric most recent album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, alongside a sold out UK and European tour.
For more information on TRNSMT 2019 visit https://trnsmtfest.com/
Words by Sophie Eastham // @sophyvictoriae