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Tom Grennan looks forward to opening day three of TRNSMT and release of debut album

Tom Grennan (Alice Hadden for TRNSMT Festival)
Tom Grennan (Alice Hadden for TRNSMT Festival)

DAY three of the TRNSMT festival on Glasgow Green is getting underway, and the man opening the main stage is preparing for a big week.

After his set, Tom Grennan heads down to London to play a show later in the evening before counting down the days to the release of his debut album, Lighting Matches.

“The sun is out and the vibe is good – I’m looking forward to it,” the 23-year-old tells The Sunday Post as he waits to go on stage.

“Friday’s the day, it’s the big build up to the album release, so to be able to come to Scotland the week before is wicked.

“I love coming here anyway, and it’s the best weather I’ve ever seen up here.”

It’s set to be another scorcher for revellers heading to the festival.

Headliners today are Arctic Monkeys, with Blossoms, Miles Kane and Interpol also taking to the main stage.

“The Glasgow crowd are always up for it, it always just goes off,” Tom enthuses. “They’re up for it all day, every day whether it’s rain, sun, snow, sleet, anything!”

A musical career wasn’t always in the offing for Tom – in fact he trained as a footballer with Luton Town and had a trial at Aston Villa.

He was eventually released, and almost moved to the States to play there.

But something kept him over on this side of the Atlantic, and at a party as he celebrated his decision to stay, he got drunk and started singing. And it sounded quite good, his friends said.

He then focussed his attention on music, learning guitar while on an acting course at university.

After many open mic nights, he was spotted by record label scouts and eventually signed a deal.

There are however, a couple of throwbacks to his football days in his music.

He can be heard on one of the themes to Sky Sports’ Premier League coverage, and his song Found What I’ve Been Looking For is on the FIFA 18 videogame soundtrack.

“I love FIFA and I love football so to have my song on it is incredible,” he says. “It always throws me when I hear it!”

His song with Chase & Status, All Goes Wrong, will also be familiar to fans of recent hit series Bulletproof.

The song, which features Tom on vocals, is the title theme to the Sky One drama.

“I’m a massive fan of Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke so to have my song as their theme is a massive honour,” Tom says.

The Bedford-born singer says he’s pretty nervous for the release of his album on July 6.

“I think it’s good to be, because I wouldn’t care if I didn’t,” he says. “It’s like a big final day in football, World Cup, England… or Scotland… that’s the feeling of it!

“The album has big songs, a big landscape of music. There’s brass, orchestras, choirs and big lyrics.

“It’s a journey of maturity for me and I’m excited for people to hear it, absorb it, take it in and make it their’s really.”