We recently posted a review of the maiden TRNSMT FESTIVAL, which was a roaring success – but as with anything, there are several hidden factors ticking away in the background that make something as brilliant as it is.
Of course, the fact that Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro headlined is quite major, yet it wasn’t just the music side of things that should be applauded. Here we look at exactly why TRNSMT would be a welcome addition to the summer festival circuit.
Not only was it straight forward getting into Glasgow Green initially; every area at the festival was efficiently ran with simple procedures in place.
Take the bars for example: you look at the two hundred people in front of you and think you are going to miss the acts – wrong! Filtered into a ‘beer/cider’ or ‘everything else’ queue when you neared the front reduced waiting time massively – as did the way pints were constantly being made readily available behind the tills.
Toilets didn’t have endless queues, too. Unlike many outdoor gigs and festivals, the wait to get into a porta-loo was minimum and those waiting formed their own queues and patiently allowed those in front of them to go first with no fuss or commotion. Urinals were situated around the festival – once again for an efficient, easy-flowing system which also prevented the masses from pissing on fences and trees.
Tipped as the replacement to T in the Park, TRNSMT could have easily charged a similar £200 upwards price tag. However, a weekend ticket would have set you back a very reasonable £149.
Considering Radiohead tickets for Old Trafford were £65, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro will cost around £50 each this is a bargain with the supporting lower billed bands. Of course, there was no camping so what you saved on the ticket cost, you no doubt spent on a hotel (unless you’re from Glasgow) – this meant no extra cost for a tent or endless cans, though. Swings and roundabouts.
Glasgow Green is situated a ten minute walk (if that) from the centre of Glasgow. We caught a taxi down on the first night and it cost just over a fiver from West Nile Street but it was probably easier to walk down.
A few pubs were conveniently on the walk down and most importantly, Crystal Palace Wetherspoon was just around the corner. Public transport links made it easy for non-locals to head back after the gigs had finished.
Possibly the cleanest festival toilets I have ever experienced. After Y Not toilets last year I had no idea what to expect here, but I was pleasantly surprised. Seeing festival workers constantly (every hour or so) heading to porta-loos to stock up on toilet rolls or give a quick wipe down was lovely.
Those at the festival respected the ‘please leave these toilets as you would wish to find them’ mindset and it was such a relief. Bravo, TRNSMT for being able to provide 50,000 people with a somewhat enjoyable toilet experience.
Again, as listed above, urinals were all over the festival in between stages so you could relieve yourself en route to the main stage from the entrance, etc.
Although I only visited Jack Rocks and the main stage, there was no sound bleeding in between the two stages and no problems from commuting between the two. Bars were all over the Green and food vans were a regular sight. Merch desks were also available in various areas.
To get from the main gates to the stages took two minutes and a concrete path made slips and stumbles unlikely. Benches were placed outside Jack Rocks so revellers could have a refreshing beer (which was magical in the Saturday sunshine).
Many have argued that the best times you have at a festival are those when you are around a fire on a broken camping chair having class craic with your mates. I don’t know if I am getting too old for it, but being able to get back to a Premier Inn after the last band finished to a comfortable bed and a shower was something to look forward to.
Plus, not having to drag a tent around and find a pitch was ideal – as was not getting pissed wet through on the Sunday when the heavens opened for Biffy Clyro. Would it improve the overall vibe of TRNSMT? Maybe, but I hope that it stays the way it is.
Some might say that the acts are the most important part of the festival – for TRNSMT this is probably true. Some worldwide renowned artists topped the bill, opened stages and filled in time while you waited for your favourite act.
Pulling in Radiohead was more than generous, but to get Kasabian, Biffy Clyro and The 1975 as well at a debut festival was exceptional. The organisers have big boots to fill in 2018, but if this is anything to go by, TRNSMT will be constantly churning out the biggest and best.
So, we have all the positives there – but what could have been done to make TRNSMT the perfect festival?
The main thing was the lack of the wristband – EVERYONE wanted a wristband, but the only memento available was the Ticketmaster Collector Ticket on a lanyard. Grim. Instead, festival-goers had to take their e-ticket to the gate on arrival and hope that it didn’t get damaged or lost.
Another issue with the lack of wristbands meant that once you were in there were no re-admissions. When you are in a festival being charged £5.50 a pint, you’re going to leave it until the last minute to get in there, aren’t you.
Hopefully the organisers take this into consideration next year and we can all agree that TRNSMT is a 10/10 festival.
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