By Maureen Sugden


WITH Glastonbury still fresh in the memory, it’s now just days to go till the biggest event in the Scottish music calendar. So if you want to know a bit more about TRNSMT, you’ve come to the right place - especially if you really feel in the dark because you’re a bit more “mature” and the last festival you went to was a garden festival.


It has no vowels?

That’s true, but you still pronounce them as if they were there.


It’s the new “T in the Park”?

In late 2016, it was announced that T in the Park would not be going ahead in 2017 and instead, TRNSMT would take place at Glasgow Green.

It’s now in its third year and shaping up to be the biggest annual music event in the country.

This year’s festival runs from Friday to Sunday, starting at noon each day.


Who’s coming this year?

The event is already garnering a reputation for its eclectic mix of bands and performers, ranging from rock to electro-synth.

This year’s headliners include men-of-the-moment, George Ezra and Stormzy. Bastille are also one of the headline acts.

Other performers include Gerry Cinnamon, Richard Ashcroft and The Kooks.


But who isn’t coming?

Just last month, songstress Jess Glynne revealed she has had to pull out of appearing after suffering a vocal haemorrhage. Her slot has been taken by Emeli Sande.

Snow Patrol were also supposed to be headlining on Sunday, until piano and guitar player Johnny McDaid, revealed he had been diagnosed with a serious neck issue.

He is now recovering from surgery with girlfriend, Friends star Courteney Cox, by his side. (She probably told him: “I’ll be there for you.”)

Don’t worry, though, as Scots singing sensation, Lewis Capaldi, has stepped in to take the band's slot.


This is the year of the female?

Vowing to help reduce the "Gender Play Gap", organisers are launching the new "Queen Tut's Stage” which will feature a host of solely female artists deemed to be some of the best emerging acts the country has to offer, in a bid to pave the way for a new generation of female headliners.


Is it a good place to go if you like chicken nuggets?

Yes, it’s an ideal event for chicken nugget fans to attend.

Why? Because the McDonald's McNugget van is going to roll up to feed hungry festival-goers. It's the first outing for the McNugget van, following the success of the McFlurry fan in previous festival seasons. 

It will also offer festival fans the chance to get lost in a “McNugget maze” and provide them with “augmented reality McNugget lenses”.


What are “augmented reality McNugget lenses?”

I have no idea.


How much are tickets?

Standard tickets can be purchased for 1-day, 2-days or a full weekend pass at £59.50, £105 and £155 respectively, while VIP tickets can also be purchased at £109 for 1-day, £205 for 2 and £270 for the full weekend. 


What does a VIP ticket get?

A glass of bubbly and a dedicated VIP entrance, access to a “chill-out zone” and a wee rest in a seated area - but more, much more than this - a VIP ticket gets access to “upgraded flushing toilets”. This equates to living the dream in festival land.


Is TRNSMT environmentally friendly?

Yes. Promoters, DF Concerts & Events, has announced a crackdown on all non-recyclable plastic to reduce environmental damage.

Compostable plates and cutlery are also being used.  


And finally, can you make the festival fun endure after the final curtain?

Yes. TRNSMT bosses have announced a series of ticketed aftershows across Glasgow each night at various venues, including King Tut’s and The Garage.

So party on people.