Review: Sunday at TRNSMT 2017
- Kirstyn Smith
- 10 July 2017
Blossoms and Biffy complete a solid, if uninspiring final day for TRNSMT
Sunday's line-up at TRNSMT, while solid, is glaring in its absolute lack of diversity across the Main and King Tut's stages (we counted two women and no people of colour). Taking note of this sea of mostly male, mostly white acts is hardly an original act, since we've discussed it at length during our SAY Award chat, but at least this year's winners, Sacred Paws, gave hope to the anti-male, pale, and stale league. TRNSMT on Sunday is somewhat less inspiring.
To add insult to injury, yesterday's glorious sun has buggered right off, and rain is never far from Glasgow Green. Last night's young team has dispersed somewhat, and the general tone is sombre, if zombified. At King Tut's tent, whose lineup has been pretty great throughout the weekend, SAY Award-long listed Vukovi are bringing the early 00s emo noise pop, and frontwoman Janine Shilstone is serving mermaid realness, all blue hair and shimmering green jumpsuit. Shilstone is a great live performer, and doesn't miss a single note throughout, impressive given her propensity to jump the barrier. This act does earn her a plastic crown from a fan and she seems pretty chuffed: 'I've always wanted to be a princess.' The rest of the band are incredibly slick, in particular drummer Colin Irving, who is hard-hitting and inventive, keeping everyone else in line. We just wish their lyrics were as mature as their live chops.
Over on the Main Stage, all-white, flared double denim was a bold choice for Blossoms frontman Tom Ogden, who looks like the missing Bee Gee brother as the group cement this disco aesthetic with a cheeky nod to their ABBA influences during 'Texia', while radio-friendly 'Getaway' draws the crowds from whatever sparse shelter Glasgow Green offers from the elements. Starting sedately, there's a bit of crowd banter as Ogden finds a woman who's just been dumped and dedicates 'My Favourite Room' to her as the crowd boo her ex, Chris. Sorry, pal. Later on, Two Door Cinema Club are among the many to mourn Saturday's sun – 'thank you so much for joining us on this beautiful summer day' - as grey skies loom. TDCC have a formula and they stick to it: indie disco floor fillers with syncopated drums, catchy riffs and very little divergence from the form. Playing 'Undercover Martin' as the second song in their set shows chutzpah that, sadly, isn't backed up – the rest of the set doesn't live up to this ambitious start.