TRNSMT 2023 Headliners Announced

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Music buffs will have something to look forward to next summer, as TRNSMT announces its headlining acts for 2023’s highly anticipated event. The festival, which will be held in its usual stomping ground of Glasgow Green from July 7 until July 9, will be led by big names, such as: Pulp, The 1975 and Sam Fender across three days of tunes in the heart of the city. Other acts announced include Niall Horan, Becky Hill, Royal Blood, Inhaler and more.

Speaking on the upcoming event, festival director Geoff Ellis said: “It’s one of our biggest yet, led by festival legends Pulp, Glasgow’s adopted Geordie Sam Fender and returning previous headliners The 1975, George Ezra, and Kasabian along with some new and established names, with plenty more acts still to be announced including some of the best emerging talent on offer.”

Crowds go wild at TRNSMT 2022. Credit: The Scottish Sun

This is a particularly big moment for Brit-pop icons Pulp, whose performance at next year’s festival will mark the band’s first live gig in more than ten years. Eccentric frontman Jarvis Cocker left an audience in hysterics in July after teasing that the group would play “some concerts” in 2023, while drummer Nick Banks urged fans to “stay calm” on Twitter amid frantic speculation.

If that’s any indication of what’s to come when the band play their anthemic Common People in front of an audience that last year comprised around 50,000 attendees each day, then Pulp should expect to blow the proverbial roof off the place.

Cocker also announced on Instagram that Pulp’s TRNSMT appearance would be part of the band’s 2023 UK and Ireland tour, which kicks off next May. In a statement, he said: “An encore happens when the crowd makes enough noise to bring the band back to the stage. So… we are playing in the UK and Ireland in 2023. Therefore… come along and make some noise.”

The billing also marks headlining act Sam Fender as a TRNSMT must-have; the Newcastle musician’s 2023 appearance will be his fourth consecutive year gracing the stage in Glasgow, which he recently declared one of his “favourite cities in the world” because “the crowd’s always so up for it”.

Although we may have come to expect Fender to liven the atmosphere with his better-known songs – 2019 chart-topper Hypersonic Missiles never misses with an excitable crowd – tracks from the deluxe edition of his 2021 album Seventeen Going Under, which will be out December 9, are ready to tug on Glasgow’s heartstrings. The singer released the upcoming album’s tear-jerking lead single Wild Grey Ocean earlier this week.

Sam Fender waves the Scottish flag at TRNSMT 2022. Credit: Alloa Advertiser

The 1975’s performance will be one to watch next year as well. Piggybacking off the hype from their new album, Being Funny in a Foreign Language, which was released earlier in the month, the band are scheduled to close the festival on the Sunday with a whole catalogue of fresh material for TRNSMT’s enthusiastic crowd to wave their lighters to. Other than quickly becoming their fifth UK number one, the group’s new album is gaining viral attention on TikTok, where nostalgia infused song About You currently sits at 18.3K videos and has potential to become massive by the time The 1975 take it to the stage in July.

Last year’s event welcomed thousands of music fans and was headlined by heavy-hitters like Lewis Capaldi, The Strokes and Paolo Nutini. TRNSMT promises its visitors that, at next year’s festival, seeing their favourite acts live won’t mean paying more money amid rising costs for similar events. Ellis said: “We’ve made the decision to keep our weekend general admission tickets at the same price as last year for the initial on-sale and it’s important to us that experiencing the thrill and excitement of live music is accessible to as many people as possible.”

Tickets for TRNSMT 2023 will be available to buy from November 4 via their website, while concertgoers who want to get their hands on tickets as soon as possible can gain access to presale tickets from November 2. See the full announcement on TRNSMT’s Twitter, here.

Feature Image Credit: Tony Pham / Unsplash Images

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