There were some open arms and loud voices on the Sunday evening of TRNSMT, as two of Scotland’s favourite musical exports returned to their home-nation for some very special performances. Franz Ferdinand brought their back catalogue of indie hits and festival anthems to Glasgow Green, while CHVRCHES arrived back in their home-city with their incredibly huge dance sound, the ideal warm up for Sunday’s headliners, The Killers.
FRIDAY FEELING: LOUD GUITARS AND ROCK N ROLL LIGHTS UP TRNSMT
As the sun shone and the gates opened to weekend number two of TRNSMT 2018, the thousands of fans who descended upon Glasgow Green were treated to some amazing acts to soundtrack their Friday afternoon.
Local heroes The Temperance Movement opened up the Main Stage with a blistering set of their own blend of soulful rock n roll, followed by the constant showmen and glamour of The Darkness, who really brought the Friday feeling to Glasgow Green.
ROCK ROYALTY ARRIVES IN SCOTLAND
Friday night saw the sights and sound of one of the biggest bands the world has ever known arrive in Glasgow as TRNSMT fans were treated to an unbelievable performance from Queen + Adam Lambert. A set drifting from riotous rock n roll singalongs to touching moments and nods to Freddie Mercury, all accompanied with a truly mesmerising level of production and theatrics, not to mention a few outfit changes, Friday night was a true testament to the longevity of one of rock music’s finest.
ANOTHER KING TUT’S SUCCESS STORY
Having graced the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy in 2017, singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi returned to TRNSMT for the second year in a row, this time making the leap onto the biggest stage of them all. A highlight of his set was when fellow Scots star Nina Nesbitt joined Lewis onstage for a beautiful duet of his song ‘Rush’.
SINGALONG HEAVEN AT THE KILLERS
No strangers to the Scottish audience having graced some of the country’s biggest and best stages, The Killers knew what to expect from the Glasgow crowd, but the party atmosphere they were greeted with really was a cut above the rest. From covering Scottish classics ‘The Whole of the Moon’ and ‘Side’ to a once-in-a-lifetime afterparty set at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut to Brandon Flowers trying to decipher that famous Scottish chant….there was perhaps no better way to close two amazing weekends of live music than a set that documented the full extent of the singalong anthems these Las Vegas boys boast.
THE KILLERS MAKE DIEHARD FAN’S DAY
One of the undeniable highlights of TRNMST 2018 came on Sunday night. Armed with a homemade sign and a front spot for The Killers, mega-fan Tony pleaded with Brandon Flowers to let him play drums with the band, and eventually he said yes, under two conditions of course: “Do you know the song?” and “Are you Scottish?”! What followed was a moment that nobody will forget in a hurry, especially Tony, as he absolutely smashed the drums on ‘For Reasons Unknown’ and gave Ronnie Vannucci a run for his money.
HOTLY-TIPPED BANDS WOW ONCE AGAIN
After an incredible showing of emerging talent over the first weekend the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy once again got fired up for another round of some of the best up-and-coming bands about today.
Hunter and The Bear and The Amorettes brought the house down on the Friday and on Sunday, Glasgow natives Lucia opened in incredible fashion, while Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt confidently signed off the stage for 2018.
LEWIS CAPALDI AND NINA NESBITT UNITE ON AND OFF STAGE
After joining forces on the Main Stage early on Sunday afternoon for an impromptu performance, close friends Lewis Capaldi and Nina Nesbitt sat down for a brilliant chat with TRNSMT where they praise the incredible strength of Scottish music in 2018.
READY FOR ROUND 3…
Celebrating the resounding success of 2018, organisers DF Concerts have announced tickets for TRNSMT 2019 go on sale at 9am, Friday 13th July from www.TRNSMTfest.com. Three-day tickets at this year’s price of £155 (+BF) will go on sale for 12th – 14th July 2019.
For more information, head to www.TRNSMTfest.com
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