At its height Scotland’s T In The Park saw 85,000 visitors to the festival. Two years ago the organisers announced the event was taking a break and launched TRNSMT, a new festival in Glasgow city centre. Hard rock never got much of a look in at TITP, but I was delighted to travel down to the central belt to attend the rock day of this year’s festival. The venue was Glasgow Green, capacity 50,000 and whilst the site wasn’t at full capacity it was a great turnout helped by glorious weather. As you might expect TRNSMT is really well organised. It is friendly, there’s plenty of food and drink stalls, and music across four stages, each just a short walk across the park from each other.
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Next up it was a quick jog to the main stage to catch The Temperance Movement, and boy did they go down a treat! On home turf, frontman Phil Campbell had the crowd chuckling right away with his jokes, addressing his unusual choice of clothing! Nevertheless, the roar from the punters for these talented musicians grew and grew after each song which was wonderful to hear. The band’s quirky, funky, groove filled sound really worked in the sunshine and their experience on big stages stood out. In my opinion, TTM’s sound was also the best that came from the huge main stage on the day, which was the icing on the cake for me. The band were tight and Campbell’s vocals sounded phenomenal throughout, with the brilliant A Deeper Cut being a stand out. A high point of the day.
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|GUN are tremendous live|
Closing the festival, as the sun reluctantly set on the main stage, were the mighty Queen with Adam Lambert. Hearing such iconic songs live and seeing the legends that are Brian May and Roger Taylor on stage alongside Lambert was an amazing experience.
Watch Queen hit the stage with Seven Seas Of Rye
The show was incredible with a huge stage set which included giant screens, walkway, and a moving robot head (from the cover of the News of The World album). I particularly liked the fact that Lambert and the rest of the guys really respected and celebrated Freddie Mercury and his legacy throughout the show. Freddie even appeared on the screen and sang a duet with May which seemed to touch many fans. Adam Lambert did a terrific job in trying to fill such big shoes, his voice perfectly suiting the challenging songs. So what did they play? It was classic hit, after hit. A two hour set that included Don’t Stop Me Now, Killer Queen, I Want It All, Fat Bottomed Girls, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. The band even sent the Glasgow crowd crazy with a version of Loch Lomond.
|Brain May had fun with his selfie stick|
|The sun set on a great day at TRNSMT|