The TRNSMT music festival is staged in Glasgow each year in July, usually in Glasgow Green public park which is notable for the People’s Palace museum.
The festival presents the cream of British musical talent across 3 days of fun, and facilities include food and drink stalls, souvenir stands and a chill-out area.
Review of the TRNSMT Music Festival
Following on from the incredibly popular but now-defunct T in The Park, the TRNSMT music festival is fast becoming the biggest music event in the Scottish calendar.
After receiving extremely positive reviews when the festival was first hosted in 2017 the music extravaganza continues to be held in Glasgow’s centrally-located Glasgow Green in July each year, with some of Britain’s biggest headlining acts performing sets on enormous purpose-built sound stages.
TRNSMT is also 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 energetic crowds.
Fingers crossed this event continues its journey to becoming one of the biggest music festivals in Britain.
Things to do at the TRNSMT Music Festival
Attendance figures for the event in 2018 numbered over 100,000, a figure that was surpassed in 2019 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.
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.
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 Glasgow; The People’s Palace and the Templeton Building.
Those attractions won’t be of any interest to most festival attendees but it’s nice to know there are places to visit outside TRNSMT. If you’re planning on spending a little time in Glasgow when the festival is over you’ll find information about hotels and travel options further down this page
Find inspiration for places to visit near Glasgow Green with my Guide to the Best Attractions in Glasgow.
- The line-up is always excellent and the atmosphere is amazing. It’s also quite relaxed compared to events like Glastonbury.
- The facilities are excellent for an event this size. If you don’t mind splashing out, the VIP ticket offers a chill-out zone away from the mayhem, a better selection of food and much nicer toilets.
- Glasgow is an amazing city and there’s a bucket-load of tourist attractions if you return after the festival. Find a selection of things to do in the Glasgow archives.
My top tips
- Book your tickets early as they sell out fast. Take a look at the official website for the latest prices.
- Like the festival tickets, you’ll need to book your accommodation early as well. Hotels fill up fast during the TRNSMT but there are tips to find cheap rooms further down this page.
- Use public transport to get to and from the event. See the First Bus and SPT subway websites for details.
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.
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Note that TRNSMT is rescheduled for September 2021.
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- SAM FENDER
- YXNG BANE
- HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR
- SPORTS TEAM
KING TUT’S STAGE
- LITTLE SIMZ
- JOY CROOKES
- THE LATHUMS
- THE REGRETTES
- RED RUM CLUB
- THE NINTH WAVE
- ANOTHER SKY
- THE MYSTERINES
- ONE NINE
- LIAM GALLAGHER
- AJ TRACEY
- TWIN ATLANTIC
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- JIMMY EAT WORLD
- DECLAN WELSH & THE DECADENT WEST
- DYLAN JOHN THOMAS
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- THE HARA
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- DAVID KEENAN
- LUKE LA VOLPE
- SARA ‘N’ JUNBUG
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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More places to visit in Glasgow
- Glasgow Travel Information – Complete GuideGlasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is renowned for its culture, style and its huge variety of tourist attractions. The city provides one of the best shopping experiences in Scotland and is home to famous destinations like the SECC and Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
- The Glasgow Scottish Event Campus Centre: Complete Visitor GuideThe Glasgow Scottish Event Campus Centre is Scotland’s largest exhibition arena and is home to some of the biggest artistic events in the entire Scottish calendar.
- The Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail: Complete Visitor GuideThese often thought-provoking pieces of public street art have been designed to transform the hidden corners of Glasgow into striking artworks, and a walk between each one allows visitors to see parts of the city that they probably wouldn’t otherwise find.
- The Complete Guide to Free Attractions in GlasgowFind a great selection of free attractions with my list of the best free attractions in Glasgow