After a successful first year, this year TRNSMT will now take place across two weekends – from Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July, and on Friday 6 and Sunday 8 July.
Having already announced headliners Stereophonics along with Liam Gallagher’s return to Glasgow (with Courteeners, Wolf Alice, James Bay and many more set to play), now The Killers have been confirmed to headline the Sunday of the second weekend, where they’ll be joined by Scotland’s own Chvrches and Franz Ferdinand.
Chvrches have been hard at work on their hotly-anticipated third album with Eurythmics icon Dave Stewart, while next year will see Franz Ferdinand drop their long-awaited fifth album ‘Always Ascending‘.
“We wanted to take the sounds that are available to us now and make the sound that you haven’t heard before – the sound of the future,” frontman Alex Kapranos told NME. “When you’re recording in 2017 you need to be looking ahead to the next thing. What haven’t people even heard in 2018? In terms of ‘naturalistic’, it’s not retrogressive but it’s about trying to make something that feels like it’s being played by humans. It’s very tempting in the studio to digitally tidy everything up – Photoshopping your music. Everything was played and nothing is programmed. It still has to be raw and have that rock n’ roll side to it. “
The full line-up of TRNSMT Festival 2018 so far is:
FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2018 – Stereophonics | The Script | James Bay | Kodaline | Jessie J | + More TBA
SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018 – Liam Gallagher | Courteeners | Wolf Alice | Krept x Konan | J HUS | + More TBA
SUNDAY 1 JULY – TBA
FRIDAY 6 JULY 2018 – TBA
SUNDAY 8 JULY 2018 – The Killers | CHVRCHES | Franz Ferdinand | + More TBA
Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys are among the other acts rumoured to be headlining the festival next year.
The event comes in the place of T In The Park. T has been marred by problems at its Strathallan Castle site– including one festival-goer being found dead, two teenagers dying of drug-related incidents, a cash machine being stolen, traffic and logistical issues and much more. Last year T confirmed that they’d be “taking a break” in 2017 – before hosting the inaugural alternative event TRNSMT, which saw performances from the likes of Radiohead, Biffy Clyro, Kasabian, London Grammar, The 1975, Belle & Sebastian and more.