SIZZLIN’ SOLD OUT SATURDAY ON THE GREEN
Image: Foals, Ryan Johnston
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED THE STROKES, FOALS AND THE SNUTS ON GLASGOW GREEN’S MAIN STAGE PLUS JIMMY EAT WORLD, MAXIMO PARK, WET LEG AND MORE
8TH-10TH JULY 2022
WEEKEND SOLD OUT
Day one was a hard act to follow, but Saturday at cinch presents TRNSMT Festival is always guaranteed to be a memorable one, as revellers descended onto the Green for an unforgettable line-up of in-your-face rock from The Strokes, Foals’ throwback indie rock party and Wet Leg with their unique blend of bass heavy grooves and quirky lyricisms stunning audiences.
Foals – “Are you f****** ready Glasgow?!”
Maximo Park – “Is anyone hot? I’m hot! Hotter than expected in Glasgow, it’s time to get yer taps aff!”
Example – “Let’s have a competition, who can bounce the highest?!”
As the sun set across the festival site, fans were ready for something special as cinch presents TRNSMT festival prepared to welcome The Strokes with the New York group making their long-awaited return to Glasgow. Swaggering on stage to classic hit ‘Is This It’, they quickly burst into ‘New York City Cops’. Performing hits from their iconic discography including ‘The Adults Are Talking’ and ‘Juicebox’. With a back catalogue tailor made for glorious festival moments – it was a set that had to be seen to be believed, a Glasgow send off for a legendary band.
It was a day for UK talent and rising stars on the festival’s Main Stage as Foals performed, bringing their era-defining tunes to cinch presents TRNSMT Festival. Enthralling the crowd with hits like ‘My Number’ and ‘Mountain at My Gates’, delighted to be back in Glasgow, frontman Yannis Philippakis said “Alright Glasgow, you ready for a couple of gnarly numbers? Are you f****** ready Glasgow?” After a tremendous year which saw them achieving a UK No1 for their debut album ‘W.L.’ The Snuts proved exactly why they’re one of Scotland’s hottest exports, performing the eponymous tune ‘Glasgow’ to an adoring audience. “What’s happenin’ here, we’re The Snuts!” said lead singer Jack Cochrane. It’s no secret, he’s one day destined for the Main Stage, and The Snuts made sure of it, bringing out BEMZ for a special performance.
Up-and-comer Dylan was first up on today’s bill, rocking up in a two piece black and red suit – she wears her influences on her sleeve, from Guns N’ Roses to Aerosmith, she is a rock star in her own right, shouting, “I heard Guns N’ Roses cancelled, so I’m going to play them!” delivering an electrifying cover of their classic hit ‘Paradise City’.“Glasgow! How we feelin’!” Griff exclaimed as she ran on stage, adorned in a lacy floor length dress, the vibe was ethereal as she performed show stopping track ‘Head on Fire’. No one was prepared for what followed, with a sugary sweet cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ getting everyone on their feet as the midday heat sizzled.
Wet Leg joined the Main Stage, gloriously infusing bass heavy grooves with irreverent lyrics as they performed viral hit ‘Chaise Lounge’ to an adoring audience, leading a mass singalong of ‘Excuse me?! What?!’ The pair laughed as they spotted some dedicated Wet Leg fanatics in the audience dressed in Lobster costumes, a clever nod to their ‘Wet Dream’ video.
The iconic King Tut’s Stage played host to a collective of rising superstars including
Pip Millett and KennyHoopla. Sheffield’s Self Esteem performedming tracks from her critically acclaimed 2021 album ‘Prioritise Pleasure’, dominating the stage she wore a black blazer and cycling shorts – reminiscent of pop Queen’s who came before her from Madonna, to Kylie and with her razor sharp choreography and powerful stage presence, it’s clear contemporary pop is in safe hands. Heavyweights in the UK music scene, Maximo Park took the penultimate slot of the evening, opening with ‘Girls Who Play Guitars’ they joked, “Is anyone hot? I’m hot! Hotter than we expected in Glasgow!”.
Known for spotlighting breakthrough acts, the River Stage was a real treat for music lovers today, with sets from some of Scotland’s best up and coming stars like Ayrshire based rapper BEMZ, who recently achieved a BBC Introducing Scottish Act of the Year award, opening the stage – he was grateful, thanking the crowd for showing up. Edinburgh’s Swim School made a welcome last minute addition to the River Stage line-up, nerves quickly subsided as the band said, “We got the call up last night asking if we wanted to play TRNSMT… we got a bit worried about who would show up, but we couldn’t be happier’ – the audience clearly agreed, going wild.
There’s only one day left of 2022’s edition of cinch presents TRNSMT Festival as a sold out Sunday will see Lewis Capaldi headlining the Main Stage alongside Wolf Alice, Sigrid, Nina Nesbitt and more. Fans are reminded that tomorrow is forecast to be another scorcher so plan for the weather, arrive in plenty time before the first act you want to see, plan your travel and keep hydrated.