The equivalent to a belated Christmas present, festival announcements at the tail end of February are a monumental event. While we usually have the staple festivals like the juggernaut Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds, T In The Park will sadly be missing meaning we have some new competition in the form of TRNSMT.
They’re not the only ones around though, as fans have started to look outside the UK for alternatives. With that in mind, let’s have a glance at what the music world has to offer this upcoming summer!
Spain’s PrimaVera Sound has managed to compile a line-up so good that it has the whole world interested. Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, the XX, Aphex Twin and more top the bill. In addition to these heavy hitters, there’ll also be a wide array of other acts. These include Run The Jewels, Death Grips, Skepta, Mac DeMarco, Teenage Fanclub and much, much more. With this and the beautiful weather, it’ll be a refreshing change for any UK festival goer tired of the wellies.
Despite only one headliner being announced so far , Glastonbury is still worth a look. Organiser Emily Eavis has stated that the festival will have two years worth of music so expect some big names. Rumours are rife with the likes of Stormzy, Skepta, Alt J, The XX and the Foo Fighters eagerly expected. A hiatus in 2018 is expected so prepare yourselves for some big surprises.
Yes, the aforementioned replacement to T In The Park has finally been announced and just as expected, the line-up is remarkable. While its predecessor was criticised in recent years for its new location and sub-par lineups, TRNSMT has taken this all on board with the event taking place at none other than Glasgow Green: just a mere walk away from the city centre. Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro have all been announced as headliners for Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively in addition to other homegrown talent like Twin Atlantic and Belle & Sebastian also making an appearance. With there being enough variety for everyone despite there only being 14 acts announced so far, TRNSMT is going to be the start of Scotland’s claim to the festival crown.
Wireless’ line-up announcement was particularly surprising especially considering the usual pop shape up of the festival since 2012. Friday will be lead by Grammy winning rapper Chance The Rapper supported by G Eazy, Post Malone and NONAME. The weekend looks just as promising, if not better, with Saturday featuring Grime juggernauts Skepta and Wiley alongside hip hop stars known as Young Thug & Lil Yachty. Sunday sees Lil Uzi, Desiigner and NAS performing before final headliner THE WEEKND closes the event. With hip hop dominating this year, Wireless may be about to fill in a niche that many are craving for.
While it may be one of the weakest and least diverse line-ups in the festival’s history, Reading & Leeds will be sure to draw in thousands of fans much like every year. Eminem, Kasabian and Muse are all set to headline the bill. Though this is average, the real appeal will be found in the rock and grime acts also playing in August. Until then though, it seems that TRNSMT has managed to trump R&L in its first attempt.