TRNSMT is a new Scottish festival organised by Geoff Ellis, the same man behind T in the Park. However, despite it boasting an impressive line-up featuring the likes of Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro, Ellis has insisted that he doesn’t intend to cannibalise his own creation with the new event.
TRNSMT will make its way to Glasgow Green in July, while T in the Park takes a break this year following complications at its new home in Perthshire. Despite Ellis saying that eventually both events could take place in the same year, he has stated that T in the Park will not be replaced with the new festival.
Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, he said: “I don’t think you can replace T in the Park. TRNSMT is on the same weekend that T in the Park would traditionally have been on, but I think that’s where the similarities end.
“One is an urban, city centre event and the other is a rural camping event. Next year maybe we’ll run a camping festival and have TRNSMT in the city centre as well. But let’s see how this year goes first.”
T in the Park has taken place every year for the past two decades, but a series of issues last year — including a rare, protected species of bird nesting in its venue’s fields — forced Ellis to give it a break and host TRNSMT in its place. Ellis noted the differences between the two events, with him stating that TRNSMT is ideal for those who would only want to show up for one day if “you’re a big fan of Radiohead”, whereas T in the Park provides the full festival camping experience. “It’s very different to a rural camping festival”, he added. “It’s not trying to compete with one, it’s just different.”
There’s no official word on where T in the Park will be hosted next year after the issues it experienced in Perthshire, but Scottish festival fans will at least get to see some major artists make their way to Glasgow this June. TRNSMT tickets can be purchased here.