Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Ezra, Gerry Cinnamon and Snow Patrol are among the headliners for this year’s TRNSMT festival, set to take place on Glasgow Green from July 12th – 14th.
DF Concerts, along with sponsors Utilita Energy, teased out the lineup using cryptic song lyrics, although a mystery twitter account leaked the lineup early, with the comment ‘disappointing’.
The festival, now taking place over one summer weekend, has come under fire from all angles – with some unimpressed fans calling for the return of T in the Park.
However, even more controversy has been created by the largely male lineup, prompting DF’s mainman Geoff Ellis to talk to the NME on the subject. “We try to have more females on the bill. Jess Glynne is a big artist and she’s there. Would I prefer to have more female artists on the bill? Yes. But it’s also about developing female artists to make them into headliners. We had Sigrid on the King Tut’s last year, but we’ve now upgraded her to the main stage,” he said.
Ellis also went on to point out that Florence and the Machine, as well as Chvrches, would have been welcome additions to the bill but the two female-fronted acts are already booked for Summer Sessions events.
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The inclusion of Catfish and the Bottlemen has also caused some disquiet, the act famously being embroiled in a sexism row earlier in their career. However, the main cause of many fans’ ire is the lack of ‘genre diversity’ – with a decided lack of ‘alternative’ acts on the bill, and even the female artists such as Jesse Glynne offering mainstream fare far removed even from the T in the Park lineups of old.
Ellis had some good news for fans, revealing that the pricing for the festival reflects the “tough” economic climate – describing Brexit as a “massive clusterf***,” and adding that the weak pound makes it harder to book European or US acts. The promoter have also introduced a payment plan, allowing fans to spread their ticket costs over three payments.
The full list of confirmed acts, playing across two stages and three days are –
Friday 12th July : Stormzy, Gerry Cinnamon, Years & Years, AJ Tracey, Fredo, Aminé, Mabel and Gus Dapperton on the Main Stage plus Example, Mist, Mahalia, Jimothy, The Big Moon, Cassia and Kobi Onyame on the King Tut’s Powered by Utilita Energy Stage.
Saturday 13th July : Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille, Richard Ashcroft, DMA’s, Sigrid, Sundara Karma, The Snuts and Sam Fender on the Main Stage plus The Hunna, Steve Mason, Jade Bird, Fontaines D.C., Cavetown, The Dunts, Arkells and Skinny Lister on the King Tut’s Powered by Utilita Energy Stage.
Sunday 14th July : George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Jess Glynne, The Kooks, The Wombats, Tom Grennan and The Amazons on the Main Stage and Circa Waves, Mystery Jets, SWMRS, Catherine McGrath, Sea Girls, Retro Video Club and Whenyoung on the King Tut’s Powered by Utilita Energy Stage.
TRNSMT tickets go on sale from Friday 22nd February at 9AM. More at trnsmtfest.com.