TRNSMT Festival: 5 of the Best

TRNSMT’s Glasgow Green debut was something quite spectacular, a full weekend of mesmerising sets from bands both new and old. With its 2018 return already confirmed, one can only assume that the festival will go from strength to strength. Here are our five favourites from the TRNSMT class of 2017.


Their first big UK festival of the year, and boy did the Leicester lads blow the Glasgow crowd into a state of mesmerisation. New songs such as “Ill Ray (The King)” and “You’re In Love With A Psycho” are already growing to be popular, their recent album For Crying Out Loud truly is a remarkable piece of work.

Classics such as “LSF” and “Fire” still remain at the pinnacle of any festival goers wish list, and the band did well to mix classics with newer options such as “Eez-eh” and “Bumblebee” taken from 2014’s 48:13. Overall, Kasabian are a dream headliner, never failing to put on a remarkable live show.

Circa Waves

No band encapsulate a summer vibe like Circa Waves. The Liverpool formed band recently released heavier second album Different Creatures, met with great response from fans and industry alike. Frontman Kieran Shudall suggested that “We all know Glasgow has the craziest crowds. That was beautiful!”

Despite being just two albums in, the set was almost like a greatest hits outing with songs being matched word for word by the raucous early evening Glasgow crowds. “T-Shirt Weather,” “Fossils” and “Get Away” were all met with a fine, singalong atmosphere.


Both thought provoking and relevant, Stormzy truly is bound for even greater things following his sets this summer at Glastonbury and TRNSMT. With a number one album already under his belt, the London grime star is ever relevant in a political sense and hungry for even more success.

Both positive and resourceful, his tracks are something like no other. “Shut Up” has evolved into a cult classic and featured prominently as he headed to Glasgow once more. A world away from the streets of London, Stormzy saw TRNSMT as somewhat of a pinnacle suggesting that “This has been one of the best festivals and best crowds! There is so much love in here, this is a beautiful day.”

The Kooks

The Kooks are festival favourites across the globe, but their extravagant fan base reaches a mesmerising high in Scotland. They promised fans a set of classics and did not disappoint, belting out the apt “Shine On” and encore “Naïve” to incredible roars.

With an arena tour in the pipeline, The Kooks are still proving they are relevant and ever growing. The modern music industry needs them more than ever and their set at TRNSMT was a firm example of this.


Fresh from their Glastonbury return, Radiohead headed to Glasgow on a high like no other. Their somewhat surprising mood of nostalgia continued in a classic-heavy two and a half set like nother upon Glasgow Green. Opening with “Let Down,” the band continued into a set which almost looked to celebrate OK Computer which is in the course of celebrating its 20th year.

The album is as timeless as ever as seen within their mesmerising live set which left fans hooked for the best part of the evening. “No Surprises” and “Fake Plastic Trees” were greeted with mass anticipation though it was “Karma Police” which unsurprisingly left festival goers in a joyous daze. Radiohead’s age of celebration will characteristically cease to exist shortly, meaning their Glasgow return will live long in the memories – a true ‘I was there’ moment.


TRNSMT will return in 2018.

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