Review: Saturday at TRNSMT 2017
- Arusa Qureshi
- 10 July 2017
Stormzy and the Smirnoff House DJs save day two of TRNSMT from some uninspiring headliners
The weather has been kind to the folks here at Glasgow Green on day two of the inaugural TRNSMT Festival. Sunshine and blue skies illuminate the masses of glitter used on the faces of festival-goers along with the mushed up chips on the floor every metre or so and the brightly coloured bucket hats as far as the eye can see, as if we're suddenly back in 'Teenage Dirtbag' era 2000. There's certainly a T in the Park-esque vibe floating around the Green, but it feels as though the chilled atmosphere and jovial crowd of yesterday are long gone, replaced by rowdy teenagers and Brit rock fans.
Somehow appealing to both groups, the highlight of Saturday is south London grime superstar Stormzy who, despite playing at 3pm in the afternoon, manages to orchestrate possibly the biggest mosh pit of the day to familiar chants of 'here we fucking go!'. His energy is unrivalled as he rips through hits like 'Big For Your Boots' and slow jam 'Cigarettes and Cush'. It seems a shame then to hear someone as exciting as Stormzy perform a song by someone as dull as Ed Sheeran. But regardless, his remix of 'Shape of You' goes down well with the mostly under 18 audience, who similarly go insane when the familiar refrain of XTC's 'Functions on the Low' begins for Stormzy's signature track 'Shut Up'.
Next up on the main stage, The Kooks perform the same set they've probably been playing for years with 'She Moves in Her Own Way', 'You Don't Love Me' and 'Naïve' all making appearances. The same applies to headliners Kasabian, clearly a very popular choice amongst the Saturday crowd, who scream back the lyrics to classics like 'Club Foot' and 'Shoot the Runner' as well as new track 'Bless This Acid House' in the same loud and out-of tune fashion as the band itself.