TRNSMT 2018 – Top picks & playlist


TRNSMT Festival is back for a second year with a diverse line-up, which includes your favourite timeless and emerging artists ready to take over both stages. The festival generously covers multiple dates to amplify your festival experience, providing a huge variation of music to choose from through the five available dates, ranging from 29th June to 8th July.

With the festival fast approaching, we’ve highlighted our favourite acts from each day so you can plan ahead – prepare yourself for a fun-filled day (or five) of running around Glasgow Green to your favourite tunes!


Taking over the first Friday of the festival, we’ll see James Bay with his brand new album Electric Light, alongside Dublin boys The Script and Welsh rock band Stereophonics – first signed in the 1990’s, Kelly Jones and the boys are squeezing in TRNSMT among their worldwide tour to perform a mix of incredible tracks from their ten huge studio albums.

Also playing the main stage are indie heartbreakers Kodaline, along with Yorkshire rockers, Embrace. Jessie J will also perform, mixing up the indie rock filled day with her fun, pop focused set list.

If you want new music in your life, head to the King Tut’s stage to find sets from the likes of Tom Walker, Pale Waves, Marmozets, The Ninth Wave and Slydigs. Be sure to catch British singer-songwriter Sam Fender, who has been named one of the BBC’s Sound of 2018 alongside other huge emerging artists.

TRNSMT have exceeded expectations this year with the king of rock n’ roll himself taking over Saturday night’s main stage. Liam Gallagher and his new album, As You Were, are sure to polish the day off nicely following Manchester lads The Courteeners. Also playing the main stage are Wolf Alice following last year’s album release, Visions of a Life.

The Sherlocks emerged from Sheffield in 2014 and continue to build a growing fan base with the release of their consistently cool, catchy indie singles such as ‘Live for the Moment.’ You can watch them on the King Tut’s stage alongside The View’s Kyle Falconer, who’s due to release his new album this year.

Scottish band The Snuts will also make an appearance, promoting their beautifully chilled, guitar focused tracks from their EP, The Matador. Having previously supported Lewis Capaldi, they have a diary packed with festival dates and a sold out tour – keep your eyes peeled for these boys! They’re on to something.

To finish off the first weekend at Glasgow Green we have Weezer inspired four-piece The Magic Gang and Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy with his incredible heart wrenching tracks. Brisbane based Confidence Man are booked to take things up a notch with their debut album ‘Confident Music for Confident People’. Having torn up Australia’s music scene and now signed to London label, Heavenly, they’re sure to brighten up this Summer’s festivals with their false names and edgy, electronic dance vibes.

Sunday will see the comeback of the Arctic Monkeys; a long awaited return triggering a weekend sell-out. With the release of their sixth studio album (Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino) just seven weeks before they’re due to headline, we can guarantee this is going to be a big one.

Over the final weekend of the festival, we’ll see sets from popular artists Queen & Adam Lambert, The Killers and Jessie Ware. Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi and synth-pop band Chvrches, fronted by the talented Lauren Mayberry, will also be playing the main stage throughout the Sunday.

Friendly Fires are returning to festival season with their anticipated comeback; their new single ‘Love Like Waves’ was released last month following a huge show at Brixton’s O2 Academy – don’t miss them at the main stage on Sunday 8th July.