TRNSMT Festival

Hey! So in my last post I mentioned that I’d been to a festival recently. I was in Glasgow from the 7th-9th of July for TRNSMT festival with some of my friends! It was really exciting and we all had an amazing time so I thought I’d do a post about it talking about some of my highlights!

We arrived by bus on the first day and rushed back to my friends flat to get ready. When we finally set off for the festival which was at Glasgow Green we were all feeling quite tipsy. We arrived in time for an amazing performance by London Grammar. I think they were probably one of my favourite acts of the weekend. Hannah Reid’s voice is just amazing.

London Grammar amazing performance at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
So here’s a very far away picture of London Grammar if anybody is interested.

Later on that evening we saw the headline act for that day which was only RADIOHEAD! I was so excited to see them and their performance didn’t disappoint. They played a range of songs from their many many albums including 15 Step and Daydreaming (two of my favourites). They didn’t play Creep though which a lot of people seemed pissed about.

Radiohead vibrant and energetic set at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
The following day, I’ll admit, I was slightly hungover. Not too hungover to get up and start drinking again by 11am (feel a bit sick thinking about that). Day 2 was by FAR my favourite day. The weather was amazing and to me it had the best line up! We arrived at the park in time for Stormzy’s performance, which we had all been looking forward to. We managed to get right down the front for it and there were a few mosh pits so the energy was insane. Stormzy had great stage presence and just seemed genuinely thrilled to be there which always makes a performance 10x better.

Young people dancing and celebrating in the crowds at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
Young people chanting and enjoying music at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
Stormzy lively performance at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
Saturday was just jam packed full of amazing acts and the next one we saw was The Kooks. I’ve loved The Kooks since I was a child but I never thought I’d see them live so this was a real treat. They played all the hits and one of my personal favourites Seaside. There was just good vibes al round when they were on stage, it was nostalgic in the best way.

After The Kooks George Ezra was on and as much as I like some of George Ezra’s songs we were all ravenous by this point so we made our way to the nearest burger van and got some food. I swear to god that burger I had was the best burger ever, the fact that I’d been drinking since morning definitely had nothing to do with it. A burger, cheesy chips and a pint of cider seemed like the perfect meal for that day…healthy too…

Later on one of my favourite bands ever Catfish and the Bottlemen came on stage. People were throwing blow up crocodiles around and it seemed like everybody there knew all the lyrics. It was amazing, every time they started playing the next song i was excited about what it was going to be! Unfortunately the BBC highlights show didn’t capture this, I tried to watch it when I got home and it cut out halfway through one of their songs? Rude.

Kasabian were the headliners for Saturday night and the whole crowd went mental. It was the perfect end to the night and Sergio Pizzorno was jumping off and on the stage and running along the front of the crowd, everyone loved it. If their hit songs weren’t enough to have the crowd going their stage presence definitely was.

blue smoke flares at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
On the final day it rained all day so it was out with the clear poncho things.

young people preparing for the rain with waterproof ponchos for TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
We all still had an amazing day though and because it was the last day everyone just went for it (and by that I mean drank way too much). It was my friend’s 21st birthday so we were all over excited.

We joked that Sunday was Scottish day because the headliners were Biffy Clyro and other acts included Twin Atlantic and Lewis Capaldi. The 1975 were a highlight for me that day, however, having never seen them live before I was kind of surprised by their image, I was expecting them to look more like a pop band than they did. We also enjoyed seeing Two Door Cinema Club and spent a bit of time at the Smirnoff House to listen to something a bit different.

There are a host of terrible pictures I could show you of everybody drenched and clutching bottles of echo falls but to preserve the dignity of myself and my friends I won’t. So here’s a nice one from before we went out instead.

young people at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow
The drinks were expensive, the weather was unpredictable but the atmosphere was brilliant. That’s all I’d expect from a festival in Scotland!

Until next time,

J x

June Music Favourites!

I know it’s late and it’s already pretty much halfway through July but I’m here and ready to deliver my music favourites!

Early this month I was at TRNSMT festival (another post on that soon) which was a festival in Glasgow taking place over three days and hosting a LOT of awesome bands. SO what I was listening to in June was influenced quite heavily by this as I knew it was coming up!

Catfish & The Bottlemen – Kathleen

This is my favourite song from their album The Balcony and potentially my favourite song of theirs overall? My main reason for loving this song is the strong chorus. I love the kind of shouting/scratchy vocals from Van McCan and the strong guitars. It sets an rhymically upbeat yet decidedly uncheerful atmosphere when played, and I love it!

My Chemical Romance – Sleep

Before you say it I KNOW this is a blast from the past but I can’t help it and as I say, this list is a representation of what I’ve been listening to the past month, definitely not what’s been released! This song just sounds sinister, the lyrics, the strength and emotion of the vocals and the minor chords throughout. My Chemical Romance were known for being one of the main champions of the “2000’s emo movement” so it’s unsurprising that their lyrics aren’t exactly brimming with positivity. I genuinely think that pretty much every single song of theirs is amazing as it’s own entity, I’ve never heard one and thought “that’s a filler track”.

Miles Cyrus – Malibu

Firstly think this is a lovely, pensive summer song. Unlike something like This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris, you’d probably listen to this later on in the evening as the suns setting and everyone’s already pretty tipsy. I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of Miley’s country voice but I think the chorus is brilliant and not enhanced when you consider the real life context surrounding the song (Miles Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s relationship).

Paramore – Let the Flames Begin

This song is iconic and I go through phases of kind of forgetting about it and then remembering it again. The “oh glory” lyric sounds ominous when sung by Hayley Williams and overall the song is just thrilling to listen to. The fast paced chorus and defiance in the lyrics is basically just super empowering and epic! Paramore can really do no wrong in my eyes and I’m constantly impressed by Hayley Williams’ vocal ability.

Radiohead – Glass Eyes and Lucky

Radiohead were the headline act on the first night of TRNSMT so I’d been listening to them a fair bit in the run up. I’m a big fan of A Moon Shaped Pool and Glass Eyes is my favourite! It’s just so beautiful and dream like, if you’re ever struggling to get to sleep and need a relaxing lullaby like song to listen to, TRY THIS ONE! Lucky is from Ok Computer, perhaps Radiohead’s best known album and Lucky is a melancholy ballad (or at least that’s how I’d describe it, probably not technically correct). Listening to the two one after the other really demonstrates Radiohead’s ability to completely change everything about their sound, and that’s my favourite thing about the band.

Kasabian – Underdog

Kasabian headlined TRNSMT on the second night so I’ve also been listening to them a lot. By far my favourite song is Underdog. I can’t even think of any reasons why I love it other than I just really like the sound of it. It’s an awesome song about defying expectations and sometimes that’s just what a person needs to hear!

The Kooks – (Junk of the Heart) Happy

How lovely is this song? It’s just about really wanting to make someone happy right? If there’s some double meaning to it that I don’t know about that’ll blow my mind. It’s so summery and sounds great on single carriageway roads with the windows rolls down. That’s all I can ask for 🙂

Stormzy – Shut up

This is the kind of angry, defiant song that’s just really great for when you’re in the gym. Whether you’re into this genre of music or not you have to admit, it is energising and empowering. The way Stormzy repeatedly spits the line “shut up” does make me chuckle as well!

Marina and the Diamonds – Valley of the Dolls

Haunting music is Marina Diamandis’ speciality, with songs like Immortal and Savages to back up that statement. Valley of the Dolls is, presumably, inspired by the 1966 novel by Jacqueline Susann of the same name and depicts the feelings of dissatisfaction and constantly yearning for something more, only to be routinely faced with disappointment. A starkly realistic and familiar emotion for many of us but, nonetheless, makes for a beautiful song.

So these were my picks for June, I hope they’re of interest to you. As with last month I have created a Spotify playlist with a few more choice tracks (clearly fancying myself as a bit of a DJ, that was a joke).

June Playlist

Until next time,

J x