All about TRNSMT Festival

February 04, 2023
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Glasgow, UK

Open air, Outdoor

XL – 20-50k

Pop, Rock, Electronic


Alternative, Live Music, International

2 Days

TRNSMT Festival has unquestionably established itself as Scotland’s most well-known and most-attended outdoor music festival since replacing T in the Park in 2017. Although the latter was canceled, its music never died, as TRNSMT has been keeping its legacy alive.

The TRNSMT music festival is held every July in Glasgow Green, east of Glasgow. The festival’s site is famous for housing the People’s Palace museum.

People from all over the UK and abroad travel to Glasgow, eager to take in the festival’s atmosphere. When it comes to music repertoire, TRNSMT offers some of the best pop, rock, electronic, and indie music acts.

TRNSMT merits its award-winning title as Best New Festival at London’s 2017 UK Festival Awards.

This music mecca is renowned for showcasing top-tier British musical talent. It is also famous for being Scotland’s first music festival to win Attitude is Everything’s Gold Status Award, an accolade given to festivals that break down barriers for disabled people.

Here’s everything you need to know about TRNSMT Festival.

© ONE WEEK ON ~ cinch presents TRNSMT 2022 | TRNSMT Festival / YouTube

TRNSMT Festival replaced T in the Park

TRNSMT Festival is Scotland’s biggest music festival, where music aficionados gather yearly for thrilling music acts. The festival has come a long way since its inception in July 2017, as it attracted 120,000 music devotees during its first edition.

TRNSMT was held a year after T in The Park got canceled. Its ancestor – also dubbed Scotland’s music gist – ran during the same July time slot for 23 years.

During its lifetime, T in The Park was all about indie, electronic, and pop beats.

The two festivals might be different, but they share the same core. While both feature a diverse music repertoire consisting of rock, indie, and electronic music, they also host similar headliners, such as Radiohead.

The main stage at T in the Park Festival 2002 | © @tinthepark / Facebook

Some of T in the Park elements still reign supreme – the King Tut’s Tent became King Tut’s Stage at TRNSMT. Not to mention that both festivals were founded by the same music and event promoter, DF Concerts.

TRNSMT’s first edition ran for three days, featuring stellar headliners Radiohead, Kasabian, and Biffy Clyro. After hitting the jackpot with their new event, DF concerts decided to extend the festival’s second edition. TRNSMT’s second year spanned over six days, split over two weekends.

The festival has impressive lineups

For the past five years, TRNSMT has brought some of the most prominent artist names to Glasgow. It offers some of the best pop, rock, electronic, and indie music acts.

Every year, the festival promises a stellar lineup of musical performances. While fans are thrilled to see unmissable headliners such as Lewis Capaldi, The Strokes, and Paolo Nutini, there were many other local performers to check out, such as The Snuts and Alex Amor.

Lewis Capaldi at TRNSMT 2022 | © @TRNSMTfest / Facebook

Further down the list are English music heroes, artists and bands like Sam Fender, Tom Grennan, and Foals, known in the alternative and indie music scene.

But that’s not to say TRNSMT is not a fan of upcoming artists – on the contrary. Lesser-known artists are worth keeping an eye on, such as 15-year-old singer Connor Fyfe, the festival’s youngest performer.

TRNSMT Festival takes over Glasgow’s oldest park

Glasgow in Gaelic means ‘dear green place’. If you spend time touring the city, you’ll quickly discover that it truly lives up to its name. Glasgow Green, a city landmark that saw daylight for the first time a few centuries ago, is the city’s oldest park.

In between its mammoth and mesmerizing monuments, the park has played host to Download Festival, a live music festival with icons like Metallica, Linkin Park, and Korn.

A scenic view and unique location at the Glasgow Green | © @trnsmtfest / Instagram

Glasgow Green hosts several well-known events yearly, including the World Pipe Band Championships.

There are three stages at TRNSMT

The festival has expanded over the years from two to three stages. TRNSMT knows that every festival-goer is different and taps into that. Through its multiple stages, the music mecca ensures there is something that caters to everyone.

Ladies and gents, we have the TRNSMT Main Stage, King Tut’s Stage, Queen Tut’s Stage, and the River Stage.

Queen Tut’s stage lineup includes some of Scotland’s top-rising female bands playing eclectic music, spanning a broad range of genres and music styles.

While the Main Stage showcases international headliners, King Tut’s Stage features a mix of newcomers and chart-topping artists. Finally, the River Stage hosts emerging Scottish talents performing indie, alternative, rock, and pop music.

TRNSMT is not a fan of camping

When it comes to accommodation, TRNSMT doesn’t follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, T in the Park. Although camping is a perk that saves festival-goers from lodging costs, tent pitching is not an option at TRNSMT.

© @TRNSMTfest / Facebook

Instead, festival-goers will have to leave the site and return the next day to attend performances.

Glasgow is a city brimming with hotel options and Airbnbs for all pockets, offering attendees a diverse array of accommodations.

This allows everyone to take a 10-minute timeout at their rental or hotel. TRNSMT’s claw will be there to catch them when they come back.

TRNSMT offers environmentally-friendly fashion workshops

Social entrepreneurs Rags to Riches, Repair Café Glasgow, and ReMode attempt to combat the throwaway culture with their TRNSMT initiative.

Fans are urged to bring some worn-out clothing so that free repair workshops can give them a new life.

Not a fan of sewing? Don’t worry – the organizations provide sewing equipment, allowing beginners to learn how to patch holes, replace buttons, and reuse their pre-loved items.

Individuals constantly looking for new clothes can also swap their pre-loved items with second-hand garments that passed the time’s test with flying colors.

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The ride of a lifetime

Attractions on site | © @TRNSMTfest / Facebook

During TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow Green is home to various exhilarating attractions and fun fair rides. This includes the Ferris Wheel, which offers a laid-back experience through its open-air gondolas.

The King Loop gives adrenaline junkies a dizzy rush with its extreme flips and dips. Last but not least, The Rocket takes riders to new heights, providing an unforgettable ride.

But attractions are not the only surprises at TRNSMT. During the 2022 edition, Lewis Capaldi helped sell out the festival passes, which was a moment for the history books. Less than 24 hours after the artist’s iconic closing performance, the festival was renewed for a 2023 edition.

Lewis Capaldi’s iconic stage entrance with his Chewbacca Mask

Before TRNSMT’s 2019 edition, rockstar Noel Gallagher insulted Lewis Capaldi, calling him a “f****** Chewbacca”. The name Chewbacca comes from the Russian word Sobaka, which means dog.

As a response, Capaldi strutted onto the TRNSMT stage dressed as Chewbacca, in a lighthearted joke at the former Oasis guitarist.

Lewis Capaldi makes an iconic entrance at TRNSMT | © Frightened Rabbit / Facebook

After the festival, the bold Scottish singer autographed the Chewbacca mask he wore at TRNSMT Festival and auctioned it off for more than £7,000. He gave the earnings to Tiny Changes, a community aiming to improve the mental health status of younger generations.

But why were the two at war? During an interview, Noel offered a scathing judgment on the status of modern music. When the interviewer mentioned the skills of young artists like Lewis to assuage the star’s fears, Noel replied, “Who’s this Capaldi fella?” before labeling him an “idiot.”

Bid farewell to performances and enjoy the food and merchandise

The first images that come to mind when you think about a music festival are enormous stages, crowds of people, and heart-racing music beats. But these days, festivals have more things prepared than just an impressive lineup of artists.

As previous winners of Glasgow Live’s Best Street Food award, Big Feed ensured that festival-goers could enjoy some of the city’s most finger-licking food and drink vendors, like Salt n Chilli (a fan favorite) and Dough Man’s Land for pizza lovers.

But the music festival doesn’t stop at food. At TRNSMT, independent artists create and market a variety of products, including T-shirts, stickers, wall art, and home furnishings. Charity shirts are also designed to support the NHS (National Health Service).

Since cash ceased to exist on TRNSMT grounds, all bars, food vendors, and retail locations on the site only accept cards or mobile payments.

Rather than making festival-goers turn their pockets upside down searching for some loose change, the Scottish festival adopted the card payment mantra.

For an upgraded experience, festival-goers can unwind in the VIP area, which is now centered on the lovely fountain at Glasgow Green.

What could be better than a glass of bubbly upon arrival in a chilled-out zone?

Charity shirt from TRNSMT Merchandise | © @TRNSMTfest / Facebook

TRNSMT Festival’s cup deposit scheme

The Cup Movement is a campaign aimed at establishing a recycling program for a greener future.

This campaign reached the festival-goers of TRNSMT with their cup deposit scheme, encouraging them to participate in the recycling movement and limiting single-use plastics onsite.

And just like that, TRNSMT put a full stop to plastic cups on its grounds. Festival-goers were encouraged to return their cups for recycling by paying a 10p deposit on each cup sold.

The cup movement at TRNSMT Festival | © @KSBScotland / Facebook

This intervention worked wonders as people were returning cups for recycling without asking to get their deposits refunded. At the end of the festival, the total amount collected from this environmentally-friendly initiative reached £911.


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