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TRNSMT – Scotland’s newest festival – ‘will add £10m to Glasgow’s economy’

More than 100,000 revellers were anticipated to have attended TRNSMT between Friday and Sunday.


TRNSMT festival (Andrew Milligan/PA)

TRNSMT festival (Andrew Milligan/PA)

TRNSMT festival (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Scotland’s newest music festival, TRNSMT, has been hailed a success and is expected to have added at least £10 million to the local economy.

More than 100,000 revellers were anticipated to have attended the event between Friday and Sunday, exceeding organisers’ expectations.

Now those behind the festival have confirmed plans to bring it back next year after hailing the inaugural year a success.

Geoff Ellis, festival director of TRNSMT, said: “This has been a hugely successful debut year for TRNSMT and I’d like to thank everyone for welcoming the festival into their hearts with such enthusiasm.

“The energy has been incredible and we’ve enjoyed some stunning performances against the beautiful Glasgow skyline.

“Big thanks must also go to all of our multi-agency partners and Glasgow City Council for all of their support in making this a quality new event for music fans.

“As TRNSMT becomes a firm favourite in the festival calendar, people will look back on this first year with the knowledge that they supported it and helped it grow right from the beginning.

“I think it’s been in excess of £10 million economic impact for the city, based on previous studies that we’ve done.”

The sold-out Saturday saw 50,000 people attend the event, while 35,000 hit Glasgow Green on Friday.

Sunday’s weather was in complete contrast to Saturday’s, which saw shades and sunblock a must for many festival-goers.

Glasgow’s more stereotypical conditions returned for the final day, with rain forcing many to opt for waterproofs.

There have been 68 people going to the onsite hospital tent for minor complaints including strains and sprains, weather-related issues and pre-existing medical conditions.

Alan McWiliams, manager of Ambulance Scotland, added: “Given the wetter weather today, we’d encourage people to dress accordingly – wear your wellies, your waterproofs and your warm clothing.”

Police Scotland made eight arrests for offences including alleged possession of drugs with intent to supply, alleged fraud and alleged public nuisance offences.

Two people were reported to the procurator fiscal for allegedly being in possession of a small quantity of drugs while 25 people also received a police warning for allegedly being in possession of a small amount of drugs.

Chief Inspector Simon Jeacocke, event commander for Police Scotland, said: “We’d like to commend everyone who attended TRNSMT festival for their good spirits this weekend.

“Our zero tolerance approach to drugs, increased security presence and thorough bag searches were well received by attendees and everyone’s cooperation meant that people got on site smoothly every day.”

Kasabian headlined Saturday night, with a bumper crowd enjoying hits such as You’re In Love With A Psycho, Shoot The Runner and Club Foot.


Kasabian at TRNSMT festival (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Kasabian at TRNSMT festival (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Kasabian at TRNSMT festival (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The event runs over the same weekend usually taken up by T In The Park, which organiser DF Concerts announced last November would “take a break” in 2017.

TRNSMT finishes on Sunday, with acts such as The View, local band Twin Atlantic, Two Door Cinema Club and headliners Biffy Clyro.

Fans on Friday were able to see bands such as London Grammar, Belle And Sebastian and headliners Radiohead.

Security was tight after recent terror attacks but the atmosphere was praised by police.