The Complete Guide to Visiting the TRNSMT Music Festival in Glasgow

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Last updated on May 23rd, 2020


The Out About Scotland complete guide to the TRNSMT Music Festival

The TRNSMT music festival is staged in Glasgow each year in July, usually in the Glasgow Green park which is famous for the People’s Palace Museum.

Category: Event

Suitable for ages: 11 to 18 years, 18+ years

Ideal for: Couples, Groups, Solo travellers

I rate it: 8 out of 10

TRNSMT music festival

About 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 massive purpose-built sound stages in the enormous expanse of parkland.

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 enormous crowds. Fingers crossed this event continues its journey to becoming one of the biggest music events in Britain.

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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.

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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.

The highlights

  • The line-up is always excellent and the atmosphere is amazing. It’s pretty chilled out compared to events like Glastonbury.
  • The event organisers know there will be herds of hungry teens on the prowl so there are umpteen snack stalls at the event.

My top tips

  • Book your tickets early as they sell out fast. Take a look at the official website for the latest prices.
  • Book your accommodation early if you plan on staying overnight. Hotels fill up fast during the festival.
  • Use public transport to get to and from the event. See the First Bus and SPT subway websites for details.

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Address and map

Greendyke Street,
Saltmarket,
Glasgow,
G1 5DB,

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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2020 Line-up

FRIDAY 10TH JULY

MAIN STAGE

  • COURTEENERS
  • IAN BROWN
  • SAM FENDER
  • BLOSSOMS
  • AITCH
  • YXNG BANE
  • HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR
  • SPORTS TEAM

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  • LITTLE SIMZ
  • JOY CROOKES
  • BEABADOOBEE
  • THE REGRETTES
  • JEREMY LOOPS
  • THE LATHUMS
  • RED RUM CLUB
  • SHAMBOLICS

RIVER STAGE

  • THE NINTH WAVE
  • VOODOOS
  • SHAYBO
  • GALLUS
  • ANOTHER SKY
  • THE MYSTERINES
  • ONE NINE

SATURDAY 11TH JULY

MAIN STAGE

  • LIAM GALLAGHER
  • FOALS
  • KEANE
  • AJ TRACEY
  • TWIN ATLANTIC
  • PICTURE THIS
  • VISTAS

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  • JIMMY EAT WORLD
  • DECLAN WELSH & THE DECADENT WEST
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS
  • THE MURDER CAPITAL
  • GEORGIA
  • MIRAA MAY
  • PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS
  • MIKE MCKENZIE

RIVER STAGE

  • ORLA GARTLAND
  • RASCALTON
  • PIP BLOM
  • THE HARA
  • VUKOVI
  • SPYRES
  • ST.MARTIINS

SUNDAY 12TH JULY

MAIN STAGE

  • LEWIS CAPALDI
  • SNOW PATROL
  • RITA ORA
  • AMY MACDONALD
  • DERMOT KENNEDY
  • DECLAN MCKENNA
  • JAY1
  • SEA GIRLS

KING TUT’S STAGE POWERED BY UTILITA ENERGY

  • LOYLE CARNER
  • JOESEF
  • ASH
  • RYAN MCMULLAN
  • MS BANKS
  • KAWALA
  • LYRA
  • TAMZENE

RIVER STAGE

  • SAINT PHNX
  • CHLOE MORIONDO
  • AARON SMITH
  • CHARLOTTE
  • DAVID KEENAN
  • LUKE LA VOLPE
  • SARA ‘N’ JUNBUG

Tickets and opening times

Pre-book your Glasgow tour tickets here.

TRNSMT takes place in Glasgow Green on the second weekend in July.

Ticket prices vary depending on acts and your duration of stay. Please view the TRNSMT website for updated prices.


Glasgow transport

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Bus

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.

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Train

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.

Taxi

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.


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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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Contact details

  • Telephone: NA
  • email: NA
  • Website: TRNSMT

Facilities

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


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A proud native of Scotland, Craig Smith loves writing about the country almost as much as he loves exploring it. His aim is to visit every Scottish attraction and share his experiences with the world. Follow Craig's adventures on Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube.