Glasgow crowds have a reputation for being up for it, and they don’t disappoint at TRNSMT with moshes and beer flinging from early afternoon.
The crowds are out early for The Academic opening the King Tut’s Stage. The young group lack a little stage presence, but the songs are there. King Tut’s was only ever going to belong to one band though, and that’s Glasgow’s own The Snuts.
Long before they take to the stage, anticipation frizzles in the air. The importance is not lost on singer Jack Cochrane, and they produce the kind of set that proves what power live music still has, with ‘Glasgow’ seeing everyone lose their shit as it’s elevated to a new city anthem.
Another hometown hero, Gerry Cinnamon was promoted from early afternoon on the King Tut’s stage to later on the main stage when J Hus pulled out. As soon as he comes bounding on it’s clear this is well deserved, with a feel-good set of acoustic, slightly country songs. You can feel the warmth the crowd have for him.
If the day belongs to home-grown talent, then the evening is owned by Wolf Alice. Pretty much every word of every song is screamed back at the band, who are enthusiastically encouraging an already up for it crowd.
The Sherlocks close the King Tut’s Stage with a short, disappointingly attended set which thankfully does grow as it goes on. The band don’t allow this to get to them though as they storm through songs from last year’s debut, ‘Live for the Moment’ and the weather starts to cool.
It’s hard to tell if Liam Gallagher is trading on past glories or simply giving the crowd what they want with so many Oasis songs in his set, starting with ‘Rock N Roll Star’. With an audience that largely consists of people who grew up with Oasis being the biggest band in the world, it’s hardly surprising that these by far get the best response compared with his more recent solo material. Compared to some of the newer bands playing his set lacks urgency, but when Liam closes the show with ‘Wonderwall’, all is forgiven.
Words: Eala MacAlister