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TRNSMT – Rumoured Line-Up

Written by on 16th February 2019

With it being a mere 148 days until Glasgow Green opens its gates to every bucket-hat-wearing, dark fruits sipping teenager of our generation, it is a wonder when the TRNSMT line-up is going to make its appearance on our social medias. Sure, the rumours have been varied and have gone from plausible acts like Catfish or Bastille, to the more radical such as Wagner and the infamous DJ Badboy. It seems to be the public knows all and after a quick survey on twitter, this is what our youth have come up with:

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Gaining good reception at 2018’s Summer Sessions and the new songs ‘Longshot’ and ‘Fluctuate’ already hits with the fans, it would come as no shock to see the Welsh boys are favourites for a headlining slot. They clearly know how to shake up a crowd, and there’s nothing quite like singing ‘Glasgow’ in Glasgow is there?

The Strokes

Having recently came out of hibernation since their last EP release in 2016, and also securing dates at festivals in Spain and a headlining appearance at All Points East in London, this American rock band are a particular preference for the closing Sunday date. Top hits include ‘Reptilia’, ‘Someday’ and ‘Last Nite’, this would be a perfect balance compared to last year’s closing acts Arctic Monkeys and The Killers, who are both tough bands to follow. 

Snow Patrol

A favourite of some of the older generation and a classic within many sad playlists, the Northern Irish band would have more of a task to hype this Scottish crowd. The rumours spread from a recent tour in the UK when frontman Gary Lightbody announcing ‘See ya at TRNSMT’ in his closing statement to the crowd. Now, this is all speculation but hey, who doesn’t love screaming the lyrics to ‘Chasing Cars’?

Calvin Harris

A local Scottish man and favourite at many festivals before TRNSMT (RIP T in the Park, GBNF), could this be the DJ set we have been waiting for? His hits include famous names like Rihanna, Dua Lipa and Frank Ocean, it would be a sight to see Calvin work his magic and bring out a celebrity during his set at TRNSMT. 


Experienced on the festival front and famous for having hyped crowds, this act would be a fantastic one to have on the Friday to open the festival. Timeless classics such as ‘Paradise’ and ‘Viva La Vida’ would have even the most boring festival-goer up on their feet and dancing along. 

Paolo Nutini 

This Paisley-born singer and swooner of the ladies near and far, has been missing since his Hogmanay special in 2017 in Edinburgh. This would be another fantastic act to close the weekend, with his songs ‘New Shoes’, ‘Pencil Full of Lead’ and ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ guaranteed to get everyone’s jiving shoes on. 

Overall, TRNSMT 2018 will be a tough show to follow but given the line-up the public has presented, it can be topped but if, and only if, Wagner makes a guest appearance onstage with Calvin Harris, becoming to TRNSMT what Will Smith is to the late but great T in the Park. 

Check out here a playlist of all the perfect TRNSMT 2019 candidates:

Written by Abbie Meehan

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