WITH festival season now well underway, it is only a few days before Scotland hosts one of the most star-studded events of the year at Glasgow Green. Brand new for 2017, TRNSMT Festival is set to bring some of the biggest names in music to Glasgow over three action-packed days in July.
With headline performances coming from none other than Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro, the festival will showcase a fantastic array of established names, breakthrough artists and local talent across its three stages – the Main Stage, the King Tut’s tent and the Jack Rocks stage. Giving music fans the chance to catch some of their favourite bands on their front door, TRNSMT will also mark an opportunity to see some hotly tipped acts at the very formative stages of their career. With that in mind, TTV have compiled a list of the bands you definitely don’t want to miss.
A city renowned for its raucous crowds and rich musical heritage, Glasgow is the place to be between the 7th and 9th July. Tickets are available here.
Radiohead’s headline performance at TRNSMT will mark the band’s first appearance in Scotland since 2008. The Thom Yorke fronted outfit continue to evoke the kind of radiant fervour from their avid fanbase that is usually reserved for chart-topping pop stars so their long-awaited return to Glasgow Green will undoubtedly be one of the talking points of this summer. With one of the most beloved catalogues in modern music at their disposal, they remain one of the most influential and innovative bands to ever emerge from the UK.
With a unique whisky-soaked drawl and a skilful command of his craft, Liverpool’s Louis Berry has established a reputation as one of the UK’s hottest musical prospects. Bringing a gritty, contemporary edge to a vintage rock & roll sound, the singer-songwriter will undoubtedly make a lasting impression when he takes to the King Tut’s stage.
THE VEGAN LEATHER
Rising art-pop four-piece The Vegan Leather get bigger and better with exhilarating live performance. One of the most unique acts to emerge from Scotland’s diverse music scene in some time, we recommend catching them now before they inevitably hit the big time.
A band who have always held a close affinity with the Scottish crowds, Kasabian return to Glasgow for what will surely be another triumphant occasion. Adding a host of new tunes to their anthemic songbook, the band recently celebrated their fifth consecutive No. 1 album with the release of For Cyring Out Loud. With a live reputation that precedes them, the Leicester rockers have been known to incite utter chaos at festivals all over the world such as ‘Club Foot’, ‘Empire’ and ‘Fire’.
Circa Waves emerged earlier this year with a gritty determination and newfound swagger. Fuelled by a bristling sense of disenchantment, their second album Different Creatures contained some of their biggest and boldest work to date – bolstering the fizzing indie-pop and sun-kissed melodies of their previous record, they returned sounding heavier, louder and more focused than ever before. Following a triumphant sold-out show at the Barrowlands earlier this year, the Liverpool band will return to Glasgow as one of the UK’s fastest rising indie outfits.
A band who have been firmly on our radar since first bursting onto the local scene a few years ago, The LaFontaines are back sounding bigger and better than ever. After winning over the crowds with a thrilling showcase at The Great Escape last month, the band finally look set to fulfil their massive potential as they prepare to release their second album later this year. With a star frontman in Kerr Okan, it surely won’t be long until their hook-laden, rockier sound is begging for national airplay
THE VRYLL SOCIETY
The Vryll Society have been the talk of the tastemakers for a while now thanks to their deeply compelling brand of psych-pop. The Liverpool outfit will hope to make their mark in Glasgow when they take to the King Tut’s stage on Saturday 8th July as part of a strong line-up featuring some of the UK’s most exciting new bands. Crafting a sound that is addictive and entrancing in equal measure, the band displayed their massive potential with the release of the shimmering ‘Sacred Flight’ earlier this year.
THE VAN T’S
Another product of Scotland’s fiercely diverse music scene, The Van T’s continue to go from strength to strength with each live performance. After making a lasting impression at The Great Escape in May, TRNSMT will be an opportunity for the four-piece to perform in front of one of their biggest crowds to date. With recent track ‘Fresh Meat’ proving an instant hit with fans and critics alike, the only way is up for The Van T’s.
Fast becoming one of Scotland’s most exciting young bands, Edinburgh outfit Vistas open the King Tut’s stage on Saturday 8th July. Brimming with an instantly addictive and fervent energy, the band have ranked up an impressive number of streams already on tracks ‘Feel Alive’ and ‘Strong Swimmer’, winning over listeners with their catchy melodies, vibrant guitar lines and upbeat rhythms. The perfect band for sunny festival season, this will be an opportunity to catch the outfit at the formative stages of their career.
Blossoms’ rise to prominence over the past 12 months has been thrilling to witness. Since coming in at Number 1 on the UK charts with their debut album, the band have continued to win over music fans up and down the country with their kaleidoscopic take on indie rock. Brimming with pop sensibilities, it’s no surprise that the Stockport outfit have been the toast of Radio 1 with massive tunes such as ‘Charlemagne’, ‘At Most A Kiss’ and ‘Honey Sweet’.
CLEAN CUT KID
A relatively new addition to the UK’s wildly eclectic musical landscape, Clean Cut Kid are quickly gaining a reputation for their bright and catchy indie-pop tunes. Brimming with heartfelt lyrics, infectious riffs and big choruses, the four-piece unveiled their debut album Felt earlier this year to the delight of their growing fanbase. Effectively bridging the gap between indie and pop, Clean Cut Kid are the upbeat tonic you need at the later stages of a festival.
Set to play our very own Tenement Trail, Anteros’ set on the Jack Rocks stage serves as the perfect time to get acquainted with this incredible outfit. Equal parts New York dance rock, avant-garde pop and authentic punk decadence, their Drunk EP has been on heavy rotation at TTV HQ and their live show is equally transfixing.
Bringing a distinctly contemporary edge to a traditional folk sound, JR Green pair their beguiling lyricism with beautifully crafted melodies. A band who have made the accordion cool again, they will have you stomping along to their upbeat anthems one minute before leaving you mesmerised by their tentative guitar-picked ballads the next.
The release of the incendiary ‘Pariah’ last month signalled the beginning of an exciting new era for Glasgow band Tijuana Bibles. Having spent a significant amount of time in the studio, the four-piece have re-emerged with an overwhelming ambition and a ferocious sound to match – bolstering the bluesy rock of days gone by with a newfound intensity and frenzied energy. Not only that, but they also smashed a two-night residency at King Tut’s last month to mark the launch of the single – confirming our belief that this is a band you won’t want to miss this weekend.
There’s no better band to close TRNSMT’s inaugural edition than Biffy Clyro. With a live show that gets bigger and better with every tour, fans can expect an explosive display of career-spanning anthemic rock when the headlining veterans take to the stage. With plenty of chest-beating anthems and thunderous guitar tunes at their disposal, it goes without saying that Biffy Clyro have transformed into one of Scotland’s finest musical exports in recent years.
Fresh from releasing an album that undoubtedly ranks among our favourite debuts of the year, Medicine Men are primed to hit the Jack Rocks stage with energy and a refreshing swagger to boot. Known for their multi-faceted take on psychedelia that never shies away from incorporating hearty doses of house music and more obscure strands of rock, they’re sure to cause a commotion on Saturday afternoon.
THE SHIMMER BAND
Impressing from the very first moment that they descended upon our radars, The Shimmer Band come armed with a sound that is simply made to be heard in the confines of a massive festival. Anthemic to the very core, the Bristol based outfit will have arms aloft and pints in the air with uplifting tracks such as ‘Freedom’ and ‘Jackknife and The Death Call.’
Emanating from the farthest reaches of Scotland, the whole world seems poised to know the name of Neon Waltz when their long-awaited debut album finally makes its way to our ears. Purveyors of swelling, emotive indie that encapsulates elements of shoegaze and psych rock, their catalogue is mature and refined in a manner that is far beyond their years and this set is an essential for anyone that hasn’t yet caught them.
All set times and any remaining tickets can be found via their official site whilst the Jack Rocks stage times can be handily found below: