Details on TRNSMT – the ‘replacement’ for T in the Park – have started to emerge.
To be held over the weekend of July 7 – 9 on Glasgow Green, Radiohead are to headlining the opening Friday night.
And – despite the festival’s organisers suggesting the event would be “family-friendly” – ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has signed up.
Also, Kasabian are slated to top the bill on the Saturday, and local lads Biffy Clyro will close the event on the Sunday.
TRNSMT – aiming to cut costs by cutting down on vowels – is as usual promoted by DF Concerts, who axed T in the Park last November after 23 years following “limitations” at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, the enforced site following many years at Balado.
Other acts rumoured to be in discussions with the promoters include Belle and Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Twin Atlantic, Foals, and Two Door Cinema Club.
Despite initial reports that the festival would appeal to a more ‘mature’ audience, the acts booked already show that TRNSMT is a worthy replacement for T. However, there will be no overnight camping on the Glasgow site, following various problems at the Perthshire site. This fact may ensure a slightly different audience, with the “rite of passage” weekend that appealed to many young revellers no longer an option.
The other difference is that long-time sponsors of the event, Tennents, will not be involved, with branding and sponsorship now open to other, possibly rival, companies.
The sparse website at trnsmtfest.com already boasts partner links to energy company Utilita as well as Big Green Coach and BBC Scotland.