Revellers descended on Glasgow Green for the first day of TRNSMT and were treated to a mix that ranged from country to grime.
Across the Main, King Tut’s and Queen Tut’s stages there was a bit of everything for a beautiful summer’s day of music.
Gus Dapperton opened the main stage as the sun shone down on Glasgow green, with Mabel, Fredo and Amine keeping the growing crowd moving. Grime star AJ Tracey then came ‘live and direct’ with an energetic set.
Years and Years proved a hit with confetti cannons and hits that packed the same kind of punch. “This has been quite a journey,” frontman Olly Alexander said, recalling when they’d play in front of slightly smaller crowds at King Tut’s on the other side of the city.
Gerry Cinnamon – something of a local hero, to put it mildly- made it a TRNSMT hat-trick with his third barnstorming set in as many years with the crowd playing their part too. Not even a faulty guitar got in his way.
Headliner Stormzy, who was escorted to the festival by police after a flight delay threatened to put his set in jeopardy, closed night one with a bang.
The grime star, fresh from a phenomenal Glastonbury performance, shared his love for the Scottish crowd (“Every time I come to Glasgow and link up with you ******* nutters we have the best time”) and treated the Green to a fireworks display a few months earlier than usual.
The crowd lapped up hits Vossi Bop, Shut Up and Big For Your Boots, as well as his remix of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You.
A powerful rendition of Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2, illuminated by the crowd’s phone lights, ended a fantastic set from a star at the top of his game.
There were plenty of other highlights throughout the day on the other stages too.
Scarlett Randle opened the brand new Queen Tut’s stage, which showcases rising female-led acts, complete with velvet jacket and drawn-on moustache.
Later, Lauren Spiteri headlined – following in the footsteps of her aunt Sharleen who played the festival last year with Texas.
Example took the King Tut’s stage by storm, sending the crowd wild with his back-catalogue of bass-heavy dance anthems.
Moment of the Day
Unlike Noel Gallagher, Stormy confessed he loves man-of-the-moment Lewis Capaldi.
So much so, he decided to switch from rapping to singing for a cover of Someone You Loved.
The crowd loved it, and “badboy” Capaldi – who plays the festival on Sunday – no doubt did too.
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