TRNSMT festival: Day 3 round-up

George Ezra, Scottish superstars Lewis Capaldi and Emeli Sandé, The Kooks, The Wombats, Circa Waves, Catherine McGrath and more smashed the third day of the sold-out TRNSMT Festival 2019.

As the sun set on the sold-out festival, organisers DF Concerts confirmed dates for 2020 as 10 – 12 July with a spectacular projection on Glasgow’s McLennan Arch and Trongate Clock Tower, seen by tens of thousands of fans who exited from Glasgow Green after George Ezra’s closing performance.

An artist who continues to grow in stature with each TRNSMT performance, Tom Grennan announced new music is coming as he returned to the festival for the third consecutive year with his soulful sound, declaring to the crowd: “This festival is one of my favourites! I’ve been coming for three years now! The fun is always strong when I’m here.”

Mid-afternoon saw festival favourites The Wombats and The Kooks bringing some joyous noughties’ indie vibes to the Main Stage.

Thirteen years after they cemented their place in the indie scene with the release of their hugely popular debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’, The Kooks proved they are still a formidable force as a new generation of fans sang along to the massive hits ‘Naïve’, ‘She Moves in Her Own Way’ and more in the Sunday sunshine.

Frontman Luke Pritchard was clearly delighted with the TRNSMT crowd saying, “Such a great line-up! Look at those beautiful people! Where are my bouncers at!”

From the hotly tipped whenyoung to Edinburgh’s very own Retro Video Club to Annie Mac favourites Sea Girls, the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy offered the perfect line up for indie fans on the closing day of TRNSMT Festival.

The King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy has seen TRNSMT 2019 artists Gerry Cinnamon, The Snuts and Lewis Capaldi all grace the stage since 2017, all of whom have now graduated to the Main Stage during their incredible careers, meaning these young artists are certainly the ones to watch in future years.

An American dream played out across the site earlier as Catherine McGrath and SWMRS took to the stage. Hailed as one of the finest country stars to emerge from the UK in years and supported by the likes of Elton John, Catherine McGrath brought a touch of Nashville to TRNSMT for the first time later in the afternoon with her bespoke style.

She was followed by high-flying punk outfit SWMRS. Featuring the son of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, drummer Joey Armstrong looks set to follow in his father’s footsteps after this incendiary performance that is sure to have won the band a swarm of new fans.

Spotted in the crowd singing along to SWMRS’ tunes were The Amazons who rocked the Main Stage earlier in the day. SWMRS said “We’ve come all the way from California to play here, so get ready to have the best 50 minutes of your f*g life! California love music, but not as much as you guys do!” Mystery Jets delighted the crowds playing ‘Two Doors Down’ as the sun began to set on Glasgow Green.

Armed with a plethora of massive festival anthems and fiery indie-rock tunes, Circa Waves were the perfect band to close the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy, saying “We’re from Liverpool but Glasgow is pretty much our second home”. Having first played the legendary Glasgow venue back in 2014, their performance cemented their rise to the forefront of the UK indie scene with three albums of material to their name.

Dropping big crowd-pleasers like ‘T-Shirt Weather’, ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Stuck in My Teeth’, it was a joyous ending for the King Tut’s Stage Powered by Utilita Energy for the closing day of the sold-out TRNSMT Festival 2019.

Over on the Queen Tut’s Stage, some of the best new female talent took the stage including The Eves, Zoee, Tamzene, Stephanie Cheape, Deni Smith, and Baby Taylah.

The Queen Tut’s Stage is an exciting addition to the festival, with organisers DF Concerts aiming to break down the ‘Gender Play Gap’ over time. DF Concerts were delighted to welcome Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) onsite over the weekend who were raising awareness of the organisation.

A party atmosphere echoed around the Smirnoff Bar as big crowds danced to DJ sets from K4cie, Cal Griffin and more. Meanwhile swarms of fans enjoyed party anthems at the Utilita Power Tree, as well as a festival necessity of phone charging.

Meanwhile, Emeli Sandé commanded the Main Stage with ease at the other end of the site following the announcement that she would join the bill last weekend. Leading the crowd in a mass singalong throughout her set, it was emotional and euphoric in all the right places with ‘Read All About It’ and ‘Next To Me’ amongst the highlights .

The Scottish crowd welcomed Sandé with open arms as the sun shone bright on her beaming smile that was mirrored in the sold-out crowd.

Playing TRNSMT Festival for the very first time, Emeli Sandé said, “It’s so good to be home. This next song Glasgow I want to dedicate to you, I’ve felt your love every time I come here and I appreciate it.”

One of the most anticipated sets of the day came from the people’s hero Lewis Capaldi who was greeted by one of the biggest crowds of the weekend as the adoring sold-out hometown audience lapped up his set, which included tunes from his Number One album plus that trademark Lewis humour.

Fans were spotted throughout the day donning Lewis Capaldi sunglasses, Scottish Beyonce t-shirts and even traffic cones in tribute as the anticipation was at an all-time high. This was Capaldi’s second time on the TRNSMT Festival Main Stage, taking the penultimate slot before George Ezra.

As one of three artists who have appeared at the festival every year since it began in 2017, alongside Gerry Cinnamon and Tom Grennan, it was something that Lewis Capaldi was clearly proud of; his performance in front of a sold-out Glasgow Green was undoubtedly his biggest and best Scottish gig to date.

From playing to pubs and clubs in and around Bathgate to King Tut’s and then having the fastest selling album of 2019 as well as the biggest selling song of the year so far with ‘Someone You Loved’, the TRNSMT crowd have been there for Lewis Capaldi from the very start and his performance today was nothing short of spectacular.

Playing a huge set of hits including opener ‘Grace’, ‘Hollywood’, ‘Hold Me While You Wait’, ‘Bruises’ and ‘Someone You Loved’, Capaldi gave lessons in how to storm the mainstage as he wore a Stormzy t-shirt, smashed an Oasis cover, wore a Chewbacca t-shirt and walked on to ‘Bits & Pieces’. Lewis shouted out fellow TRNSMT acts Gerry Cinnamon, The Snuts and Emeli Sandé saying it was a great time for Scottish music.

Lewis said, “It’s good to be home. Glasgow thank you so much – honestly best f*g gig of my life!”

The good vibes continued to sweep over Glasgow Green as the final Sunday night act George Ezra took to the Main Stage.

With a new BRIT Award for Best British Male in his possession as well as the biggest selling album of 2018, the past year has seen the singer-songwriter graduate to a bona fide superstar. He delivered a truly triumphant set that was brimming with confidence and infectious enthusiasm.

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