Glasgow’s second TRNSMT music festival will recognise the pivotal role played by one of the city’s legendary venues in the careers of a number of this year’s performers.
Organiser Geoff Ellis was responsible for the success of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut where many of the acts at TRNSMT got their first big break.
Speaking ahead of this year’s expanded festival on Glasgow Green, he said: “Most of the TRNSMT headliners have come through King Tut’s including the Arctic Monkeys and Stereophonics who played there early doors. The Killers did one of their earliest Scottish gigs there.
“We’ve put a lot of focus on the King Tut’s stage and have a stronger level of artists than last year.”
Queen appear with Adam Lambert, the former American Idol finalist. Brian May and Roger Taylor have been performing and touring with Lambert who steps into the shoes of the late Freddie Mercury.
Mr Ellis is hoping this collaboration will bring Queen a new audience. “They will appeal to people those who may have disco danced to their hits over the years but have never seen Queen live before. ”
TRNSMT has been expanded to two weekends featuring a mouth-watering line-up which also includes Franz Ferdinand, Texas and Liam Gallagher. Shed Seven, The Darkness, and Bruno Mars are also confirmed.
Mr Ellis pulled the curtain down on the legendary T in the Park festival after it was marred by deaths and sexual assaults.
He took a gamble on launching TRANSMT, an urban alternative with no camping. It was a huge success as the daily 50,000 capacity crowds also gave the hospitality sector in the city a huge lift.
He said: “Last year exceeded our expectations. The event went really well. The crowd was fantastic and behaved impeccably. The feedback we got from people in the city was overwhelmingly positive.”
DF has a deal with Citylink buses to ferry fans to and from the gigs safely with 22 pick-up points around Scotland.
It is also offering combined ticket and accommodation packages and VIP tickets for a more mature festival experience.
TRNSMT takes place on Glasgow Green on June 29, 30, July 1, 6 and 8