After Friday night’s headline performance from Stormzy, which brought fireworks to Glasgow Green a few months early, day two of TRNSMT had a lot to live up to.
After a rap-heavy main stage on Friday, Saturday looked to be more of an indie rock show, but once again the city centre was a sea of neon and bucket hats as revellers descended on the Green.
Armed with sun cream after yesterday’s scorcher, tens of thousands enjoyed a slightly cloudier start to the day – but the skies brightened into another glorious day of sunshine as soon as the gates opened.
Rising star Sam Fender kicked things off on the main stage, with the Newcastle lad playing tunes including new single Will We Talk?, Dead Boys and Hypersonic Missiles. He told the crowd: “I love it up here, you always look after us!”
Then it was the turn of sort-of local lads The Snuts, graduating to the main stage from King Tut’s last year. The Bathgate group showed why they’re firmly on the path to stardom with fledgling indie anthems aplenty.
Sigrid got her set going with the pulsing Sucker Punch, with hits Strangers, Don’t Feel Like Crying and more going down well with the TRNSMT crowd – and the Norwegian star was loving it herself.
Australian three-piece DNA’s and Sundara Karma also made their own impressions as the mercury rose and crowds got bigger and bigger.
Richard Ashcroft delivered a set peppered with The Verve hits as well as songs from his solo ventures, with Bittersweet Symphony sounding especially good as the sun beat down on Glasgow Green.
Next up were Bastille, who had the crowd singing along with gusto to Of The Night (their mix of dance classics Rhythm is a Dancer and Rhythm of the Night) and a barnstorming rendition of Pompeii to close their set.
Closing the festival for day two were headliners Catfish and the Bottlemen, who have played plenty of gigs in Glasgow over the years, but none as big as this.
Fans were loving their renditions of Kathleen, Cocoon and 7 as well as new material from their latest album The Balance and were sent home happy after another fine day of music.
Highlights from outwith the main stage included The Hunna and Jade Bird who both delivered stellar sets on the King Tut’s stage.
And first on stage in the afternoon were The Dunts, who used the occasion to break out a cover of Outkast’s Hey Ya!
Over at the Queen Tut’s stage, Glasgow newcomers Crystal had the crowd rocking, and Zoe Graham brought the stage to a close for the day, with her set including a song about the Anniesland Lights on the other side of the city.
Moment of the day
Catfish and the Bottlemen made the ultimate declaration of love to the Glasgow crowd by playing their song named… you guessed it, Glasgow.
The crowd sang along in unison to the ode to the city, which gives Sauchiehall Street a rare musical name-check.