TRNSMT Festival 2018: Five Acts You Have To See

Words by Murray Collie.

After it’s hugely successful debut outing last year, TRNSMT festival will return to Glasgow Green over two weeks in June and July. Festival organisers have made a real statement by announcing headliners such as Liam Gallagher, The Killers and of course, the Arctic Monkeys who will grace the Main Stage in their only UK festival appearance this summer. Alongside a talent-packed main stage, 2017’s best new festival boasts an exciting King Tut’s Stage and a Smirnoff House DJ and Cocktail bar so there’s no doubt that there is something for just about everyone. I’ve picked out five acts that are worth a look when the festival opens its doors in just over a week’s time.

Fatherson – King Tut’s Stage (Sunday 01 July @ 19:00)

Since playing two intimate shows at Glasgow’s iconic Art School in October 2017, Fatherson have been in a self-admitted period of silence whilst they work on their third record. The album in question is, in the band’s opinion, the best they’ve ever produced. When they return to play TRNSMT on Sunday the 1st of June, the Kilmarnock trio are expected to devise a set that teases the awaited new release whilst exploiting the back catalogue that helped them sell out the Barrowlands. Fatherson are a band who have a great ability to write uplifting, emotionally charged and relatable ballads as well as massive sounding anthems complete with swooping guitars and earth-shattering drum beats. Combining this with Ross Leighton’s raw but powerful vocals leads to an unforgettable live experience.

Kyle Falconer (Full Band) – King Tut’s Stage (Saturday 30 June @ 16:30)

After an incredible 10 years of dreams, romance and excess, 2017 saw Scottish guitar heroes The View announced that they were taking a break. Having played TRNSMT in 2017, The View’s lead singer Kyle Falconer will return to Glasgow Green on Saturday the 30th of June with his newly formed band and a fresh collection of new solo material. There are no doubting Falconer’s songwriting prowess and two of the singles he has released from his forthcoming album – ‘No Thank You’ – prove that he’s not just releasing music to pass the time as fans await the Views reunion. He appears to have stuck with the same formula that worked with The View – honest lyrics, strong rhythms and catchy choruses which will quickly win over fans. Whilst we don’t believe that Kyle’s set will produce a similar atmosphere to what we came to expect from any View gig, we are confident that the man from Dryburgh, Dundee will be determined to put on a showing that proves he can go it alone.

The Snuts – King Tut’s Stage (Saturday 30 June @ 15:30)

Since releasing their hit single ‘Glasgow’ in 2016, The Snuts have worked relentlessly to take Scotland’s indie music scene by storm. The band’s cult following seems to be growing with every gig and it looks as if the four-piece from West Lothian in Scotland are on to something quite special. A band in hot demand, TRNSMT sits alongside other major festivals such as Neighbourhood and Benicassim in the Snuts’ diary this summer as they attempt to take their music to new heights. The band admit that working-class groups such as The View, the Arctic Monkeys and the Libertines are common influences amongst them, however, as intended, the Snuts’ anthemic tracks and distinctive vocals give them a true sense of originality. With new music to be released before they take to the stage at TRNSMT and a handful of tracks already available to stream, it’s definitely the perfect time to hop on the bandwagon if you haven’t already.

Miles Kane – Main Stage (Sunday 01 July @ 14:05)

It’s a pretty exciting time to be a Miles Kane fan at current as the indie legend gears up to release his first solo album, entitled ‘Coup De Grace’, since 2013. Describing the album as “f**king great”, Kane has worked with Lana Del Rey and Jamie T to ensure that his return to the solo game is as explosive as his fans expect. In a live setting, the former Rascals, Little Flames and Last Shadow Puppets guitarist displays an infectious personality that quickly takes a hold of those down the front. His unrivalled energy and swagger combined with his electrifying riffs and punky delivery will be well received by a Scottish Sunday afternoon crowd. His set will, no doubt, be packed with the fan favourites that catalysed his rise to stardom – such as ‘Inhaler’ and ‘Come Closer’ – while new songs from his upcoming record are also likely to feature. Kane is worth getting in early for. Gracing the main stage on the same day that fellow Shadow Puppet Alex Turner leads the Arctic Monkeys to their Scottish return, his appearance at TRNSMT is his only current scheduled appearance in Scotland, so it’s not one that Scottish fans will want to miss.

The Night Café – King Tut’s Stage (Saturday 30 June @ 12:40)

Sean, Carl, Josh and Arran of The Night Café are already enjoying a great amount of success before the release of a debut album. Hailing from Liverpool, a city with rich musical history, the fresh-faced band have created an uplifting, summery sound that has previously worked so well for scouse counterparts The Wombats and Circa Waves. As the latter did with their second album, The Night Café have demonstrated that they are not just a one trick pony; ‘Felicity’ and ‘Turn’ move away from those aforementioned summer vibes and into a darker, heavier style. Friends from school, the Night Café are a tight-knit bunch when they take to the stage, demonstrating a free spirit and a presence that makes you believe that these four are living their dream. They are on their way to becoming the full package and with a number of festivals under their belt already, it appears that no stage is too big for this quartet.


Article by Murray Collie, you can follow Murray on twitter here

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