With the sun shining down for what seems like an endless summer, there's no better time to meet en masse and get drenched in over-priced beer. Luckily, TRNSMT in Glasgow provided a superb soundtrack, and Clash was there to see the best bits.
So, after finding time to hand out free ice cream cones to fans in the searing heat, Kyle Falconer of The View played a hits-packed set on the King Tuts Stage. Drawing a huge crowd and seeming as jovial as ever, new album 'No Thank You' is set for release in the coming weeks, and if today's set is anything to go by, it may well be worth a listen.
Next up its grunge-pop powerhouse Wolf Alice on the Main Stage, with singer Ellie Roswell looking as keen as ever to launch herself into the crowd during the closing bars of their set. With 'Moaning Lisa Smile' and closer 'Giant Peach' sounding more enormous than ever, it seems their constant touring has built Wolf Alice into a effortlessly huge sounding band. With blasts of The Breeders and Belly floating through the air, its enough to make you pine for the grunge-tinged pop of the 90s all over again.
Homecoming hero Gerry Cinnamon is up next, drawing possibly the largest crowd outwith Mr Liam G. After releasing his debut album last year independently, it's a triumph of word-of-mouth success. Whilst the likes of 'Belter' may not be to everyones tastes, there's no denying the crowd's rabid reaction.
After a brief stroll and a dose of additional sunburn, its on to the main attraction, Liam Gallagher. After an earlier shout-out from Wolf Alice's Ellie Roswell, it seems Oasis's legacy is as strong as ever, despite them wiping out the grunge scene overnight with 'Definitely Maybe' all those years ago. And what a legacy. From the opening chopper-swirls of '(Whats The Story?) Morning Glory,' it's an awe inspiring, hit- packed set. 'Bring It On Down's gritty guitar squall sounding as raw as ever, 'Wonderwall' and 'Whatever' still so beautifully constructed.
The gig is briefly interupted when a man decides to scale an enormous rig next to the mixing desk, causing outright panic from the crowd, and Liam briefly walks off, looking somewhat concerned. After a long pause, the man still teetering on the edge of dizaster, Liam strolls back on and introduces 'Live Forever' to massive applause.
Eventually the man climbs down, but it's a poignant moment and gives the song an extra dimension. All is well, Live Forever indeed.
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Words: Clarke Geddes
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