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TRNSMT boss defends familiar look of 2020 line-up and insists festival will be a hit


TRNSMT boss Geoff Ellis has defended the familiar look of next year’s line-up.

Lewis Capaldi will headline on Sunday, July 12 – his fourth time playing the festival.

Friday’s headliners The Courteeners and Saturday’s main act Liam Gallagher both played two years ago.

The festival director blames a mixture of a lack of headline acts and Brexit for diminishing the pool available but he insisted the stars they’ve got for the three-day event at Glasgow Green are what fans want.

Geoff said: “We all know there aren’t a lot of festival headliners out there. It’s been the case for the past decade.

“If you look at T in the Park, the likes of The Killers, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters played quite often.

Geoff Ellis of TRNSMT reckons he’s delivered the kind of line-up fans want for the three-day festival

“No one has come and replaced these bands.

“But you can only repeat somebody if people really want to see them.

“The Courteeners are more popular than they were two years ago.

“You could argue Liam is just as popular as he was two years ago when he headlined and Lewis is one of the world’s biggest stars.”

Yesterday, the first acts to be announced for the fourth TRNSMT included Ian Brown from the Stone Roses, Sam Fender and Blossoms on Friday, Foals and Keane on Saturday and Snow Patrol and Rita Ora on Sunday.

Geoff said the lack of US acts was out of his control.

He said: “Brexit and the uncertainty does have a bearing because it has an impact on the rate of sterling against the dollar.

“It costs more money to book an American act now than it did two years ago. You pay more money but you’d have to increase ticket price by maybe £10 or the artists might ask why should we play for less in real terms.

“The other change is … Americans used to think they had to go to Europe in the summer to make money playing festivals but now they can stay in America.

“America has now caught up with the festival culture 20 years after the Europeans did.”

Trnsmt was held in July
TRNSMT returns next July

Last year’s announcement of headliners such as Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen and George Ezra was greeted with disappointment, given the festival had previously hosted the likes of Radiohead and Queen.

But social media gripes didn’t translate into poor ticket sales.

“In real terms the reaction to line-up is ticket sales and we sold out every day last year for the first time” Geoff said.

“The positive reaction was this year’s TRNSMT was the best it has ever been.”

Another criticism levelled at TRNSMT – which replaced T in the Park – is that it is for young people.

Geoff said: “TRNSMT is … for everyone. Some years will be younger. Some years will be older. It’s not a camping festival so people can choose to go all three days or just one or two, which allows other people to check it out, keeping the audience fresh.

“We can only sell 50,000 tickets a day. Each year, our audience won’t necessarily be the same.”

Geoff hailed the first acts announced, particularly Lewis, “the most in-demand artist of the moment”.

Lewis Capaldi is buzzing to play TRNSMT once again

He’s also delighted about Snow Patrol who had to pull out of this year’s TRNSMT when guitarist Johnny McDaid needed neck surgery.

Geoff said: “They were the first band to commit. They said, ‘We will make it up to you and play next year’.”

Yesterday, Lewis, 23, said: “Yaaaaaas! I’ve been lucky enough to play TRNSMT every year since its inception and to be a headliner is absolutely wild. Things are about to get chubby and sexy, fast. See you up the road next year!”

Liam said: “I love Scotland and it’s an honour to be going back to headline TRNSMT.”

TRNSMT newbie Rita said: “Looking forward to seeing you all, it’s going to be a big one.”

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