The Out About Scotland complete guide to the TRNSMT Music Festival
Suitable for ages: 11 to 18 years, 18+ years
Ideal for: Couples, Groups, Solo travellers
I rate it: 8 out of 10
About the TRNSMT Music Festival
Following on from the incredibly popular but now-defunct T in The Park, the TRNSMT music festival is set to become the biggest music event in the Scottish calendar.
After receiving extremely positive reviews when the festival was first hosted in 2017, the music extravaganza will continue to be held in Glasgow’s centrally located Glasgow Green in July, with some of Britain’s biggest headlining acts performing sets on massive purpose-built sound stages in the enormous expanse of parkland.
TRNSMT is fast becoming famous for featuring an eclectic mix of bands and that’s something that makes it a little bit different from many other large music festivals.
Each year you’ll find big, brash rock groups playing back to back with electro-synth, followed by the latest girl/boy band and debut sets from some of Scotland’s up-and-coming home-grown talent.
The sound stage is world-class too and easily competes with bigger, more over-priced arenas in the south (I’m looking at you O2) and it’s great to see some of the world’s biggest acts starting to come over to Glasgow to play to TNSMT’s enormous crowds. Fingers crossed this event continues its journey to becoming one of the biggest music events in Britain.Read more...
Things to do at the TRNSMT Music Festival
Attendance figures for the event in 2017 numbered in the region of 120,000, a figure which was surpassed in 2018 as music-loving Scots flocked to the city to catch major acts like The Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher, The Arctic Monkeys, Texas, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers.
Due to its central location there are ample opportunities to book into accommodation within the city boundaries and the excellent Glasgow transport system ensures that event-goers get to the show with a minimum of fuss.
Visitors to the city will know Glasgow Green for a number of reasons, mainly due to the fact it’s a landscaped oasis right in the heart of the city where visitors can relax by the banks of the River Clyde, but also because it’s the location of two of the most widely photographed buildings in all of Glasgow; The People’s Palace and the Templeton Building.
The roster of acts at TRNSMT changes each year and inevitably some will pull out before the final sets are revealed so please check the TRNSMT website frequently for the latest information on who will be playing.
What I liked about this event
- The line-up is fantastic
- There’s always an amazing atmosphere
My top tips
Address and directions map
Glasgow Green is centrally located within the city centre and there are a variety of public transport options available. Nearby train stations can be found at Argyle Street and High Street. Bus stops can be found on London Road and Saltmarket Road.
The main bus operator in Glasgow is First Bus, which provides regular bus services throughout the city with over 100 routes to choose from. Most locals prefer to use the bus network as it’s one of the easiest and cheapest options for getting around the city centre and the outlying districts.
The south of Scotland is linked to the city by Glasgow Central Station, while Glasgow Queen Street Station has links to Edinburgh & the north of Scotland. The ScotRail website has information about all the available routes and timetables.
The SPT Roundabout ticket gives one-day unlimited travel by rail and subway to over 110 stations in the Greater Glasgow area. You can purchase these tickets through ScotRail or SPT Travel Centres.
Please note that they are only valid after 09:00 Monday to Friday, all day at weekends, and Scottish public holidays. You can buy them either through ScotRail or SPT Travel Centres.
Taking a taxi is by far the quickest way to get around Glasgow and the official Glasgow Taxis operate throughout the district, and their distinctive black cabs easily distinguish them from the private mini-cabs that also run in the city centre.
They offer 5 and 6 seater vehicles, and if their yellow light is on they can be flagged down on the street. Alternatively, telephone 0141 4297070 to book one.
Cheap Glasgow accommodation
If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay in Glasgow while TRNSMT is on try the following hostels and guesthouses. They all offer reasonable prices in clean, modern rooms.
- Euro Hostel Glasgow is located just 2.6 km from the city centre and features mixed and female-only dorms, as well as en-suite rooms if you want a bit of privacy. Prices start at just £10 per night and include free Wi-Fi.
- The Tartan Lodge provides affordable accommodation 4 km from central Glasgow in a former church which has been converted into a collection of male and female dormitories and private rooms. A dormitory room bed can be had from just £18 per night and includes access to a social room and showers.
- The Glasgow Youth Hostel offers rooms in a Victorian townhouse overlooking Kelvingrove Park in the city centre. There are private rooms as well as shared apartments and prices include Wi-Fi, social room and secure storage. Prices start at £13.50 for a bed in a shared room.
- Hampton Court Guest House is a bit more up-market than a hostel but offers reasonable prices for rooms only a 20-minute walk from the SSE Hydro and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. A single en-suite can be found for only £30 (depending on the time of year).
- Crosshill House in Glasgow features 12 budget rooms with Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, breakfast buffet and a gym around a mile from the city centre. Standard rooms can be reserved for a very reasonable £30 per night (depending on the time of year).
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- Website: TRNSMT
Prices and opening times
TRNSMT takes place in Glasgow Green on the 12th to 14th July, 2019.
Ticket prices vary depending on acts and your duration of stay. Please view the TRNSMT website for updated prices.
Getting there: Bus stop nearby, Train station nearby
Getting around: Disabled access, Easy-access paths, Pushchair access
On-site conveniences: Merchandise stores, Hot drinks, Snacks, Toilets