Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival was arguably the summer highlight of 2017, its debut blew minds and left people wondering whether we would ever see the return of big sister festival T in the Park. With the weather only getting better and a line-up worth dying for, 2018 seems to elevate the festival to entirely new levels.
Described only as ‘SUNsational,’ the festivals opening day saw the likes of Jessie J, James Bay, Pale Waves and Stereophonics all delight record crowds. It was Embrace who truly kicked off proceedings, bringing both nostalgia and impressive vibes to a sun blushed Glasgow Green. Tracks such as ‘Ashes’ and ‘Gravity’ were both met with delight.
Jessie J, who may not often grace the pages of Eudaemonia, can only be included in our review for her impressive, striking energy. Chart anthems such as ‘Bang Bang’ and ‘Domino’ were all met with great enthusiasm from the now growing Scotland crowd. Kodaline continued the singalong, their tracks are anthemic at best albeit a little on the slower side.
One of the most impressive aspects of TRNSMT is its devotion to new music, the King Tut’s Powered by Utilita Stage is a worldwide festival best. Our favourites include Slydids, who’s anthemic, nostalgic treatment of 70s rock n roll is incredible catchy. Anteros, with frontwoman Laura Hayden, provided rhythmic indie vibes through songs such as ‘Drunk’ and ‘Love.’ However, it was Pale Waves who left most festival goers rousing with optimism. Yes, of all the acts gracing this stage they were probably the most advanced in terms of career and promotion, though it is tracks such as ‘Television Romance’ and ‘Heavenly’ which prove they are destined to the top!
“Described only as ‘SUNsational,’ the festivals opening day saw the likes of Jessie J, James Bay, Pale Waves and Stereophonics all delight record crowds.”
It was James Bay who really got the party started, his latest album Electric Light is arguably one of the best of the year and will no doubt be in the running by the time next years Brit Awards come around. ‘Pink Lemonade’ kicked of proceedings, already one of our favourite tracks of the year. ‘Just For Tonight’ and ‘Wild Love’ were also included, proving that Bay’s rise to the top shows no signs of slowing down following the all important, always difficult second album release. ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Hold Back the River’ are now classics in their own right and rightly proves to be the biggest singalong moment of the day. Having recently supported the Rolling Stones and achieved festival moments like this at TRNSMT, it is no wonder that James Bay is on a career defining high!
With The Script opening for them, it was time for the Stereophonics to make the most of the impressive summer backdrop. Defined as one of the biggest bands the UK has ever produced, the Kelly Jones fronted band were on tope form. They produced a set that covered their extensive career including ‘C’est La Vie’ and a ‘Good to see you Glasgow.’ Tracks bounced between their latest single release ‘Scream Above the Sounds’, to classics such as ‘A Thousand Trees’ and ‘The Bartender and the Thief’.
One can only assume that this is the beginning of one of the greatest weekends Scottish music has ever seen, with Liam Gallagher and the Arctic Monkeys both heading to Scotland over the coming days.
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This weekends line-up:
SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2018
Main Stage: Liam Gallagher | Courteeners | Wolf Alice | Gerry Cinnamon | Krept x Konan | Shed Seven | The LaFontaines
King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy: The Sherlocks | IAMDDB | Ramz | Kyle Falconer (full band) | The Snuts | The Academic | Bas | The Night Café
#Smirnoff House: Hazel Marimba | Pretty Ugly | Sean Claude | Rebecca Vasmant | Pxssy Palace | Harri & Domenic
Hotels.com: Carly Connor | Daniel Meade & Lloyd Reid | Man of the Minch | Ali Robertson | Megan D
SUNDAY 1ST JULY
Main Stage: Arctic Monkeys | Interpol | Blossoms | Nothing But Thieves | Declan McKenna| Miles Kane | Tom Grennan
King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy: Sigrid | Fatherson | King No-One | Dermot Kennedy | Confidence Man | The Magic Gang | Island
#Smirnoff House: Sean Claude | Pretty Ugly | Rebecca Vasmant | Hazel Marimba | Aisha | Madam X
Hotels.com: Emme Woods | Scarlett Randle | Calum Frame | Megan Airlie | Cara Rose
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