Music fans from all over Europe are counting down the days eagerly until TRNSMT, a brand new festival taking place the second weekend of July in the heart of Glasgow. It boasts an almighty line-up across the three days, with Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro claiming those desperately sought after headline spots. Be that as it may, throughout the weekend there’s a whole host of incredible talent playing on both the main stage and King Tut’s stage— in the event you find yourself spoiled for choice, check out a couple of our top picks below!
Friday 7 July
One of the very few artists hailing from across the Atlantic, Saint Motel are the embodiment of a good time. They offer huge pop choruses (that you may have heard before as they’ve provided the soundtrack to a number of TV advertisements in Britain), an unforgettable amount of musical talent and lead singer A/J Jackson has well and truly got you covered if you fancy a bit of dad dancing. It’s almost impossible not to crack a smile while watching these guys, as their happy-go-lucky attitudes are frankly contagious. Grab yourself a pint and head over to the King Tut’s Stage where Saint Motel will be sure to bring a touch of the California sunshine… even if it’s raining buckets!
British trio London Grammar are riding the wave of critical acclaim that’s come as a result of their very recently released second album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing. Their genre is sometimes hard to pinpoint since they incorporate such a wide range of styles, but they’re definitely worth catching just to make up your own mind. Lead singer Hannah Reid has been likened to Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine), but there’s something very fresh and eye-opening about her vocals that make it near impossible to let your attention wander when they play TRNSMT’s main stage. Let them enchant you!
Saturday 8 July
Flying the flag proudly for Scotland, The LaFontaines will be taking to the King Tut’s Stage to give festival-goers one hell of a show. Their sound is an unusual one, drawing in elements from hip-hop, rock and pop which results in something that is uniquely their own. The LaFontaines have shared a stage with the likes of All Time Low, The Summer Set and even N-Dubz, gaining themselves a varied but dedicated fanbase. The Sunday Mail once declared them, “the best live band in Scotland,” but if you need any more convincing, here’s this— you won’t catch them performing songs about lost love, but instead about our shaky political climate. Take that, Theresa May!
Stormzy has been the toast of the town this year, completely redefining the way that the music industry works. His debut album Gang Signs & Prayers went straight to #1 upon its release back in February, proving that the grime revolution is well and truly underway. Stormzy went on to play the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, but everyone knows that Americans can’t even compete when they come up against the complete connoisseurs of the festival, the Brits. For a taste of something vastly different from the usual four-person band set-up that swarms TRNSMT, you can check out Stormzy on the main stage.
Sunday 9 July
The Amazons have just recently their self-titled debut album and are all the buzz, which is undoubtedly well deserved since they’ve spent the last two years playing non-stop live shows. The very van they spent so much time in travelling around the country met its demise, however, when the band torched it in the middle of the road in order to snap a picture for their album artwork. Despite their antics, there’s no denying that they’re a hardworking group of musicians— they put all that they had into their debut and it has paid off tremendously. You can catch the four-piece, who hail from Reading, ripping it up on the King Tut’s Stage.
Manchester in the 90’s was notorious for producing the best talent in indie rock, churning out the likes of Oasis, Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses. While this soon came to an end, there’s been somewhat of a revival in the North West over the last couple of years as young, talented bands have shown the world what they’re made of. Blossoms are a prime example, having secured themselves a number of coveted support slots (e.g. The Stone Roses) even before the release of their self-titled debut album. If a band is capable of that, they’re a definite must to check out if you’re given the opportunity. You can catch the Stockport rockers on the main stage.