If you read our previous blog, An Ode to the East (End), you’ll know that Nu Blvck HQ is slap bang in the middle of the East End of Glasgow. On our doorstep is Glasgow Green, where we often go for a wander during the day to clear our heads and talk Nu Blvck strategy (see our regular Instagram Stories featuring thinking emojis). However this week a large dark green wall appeared surrounding the Green ~ masking a hive of activity including containers, cranes, three storey high structures and trucks. Yes, TRNSMT festival has arrived in Glasgow! For three days we’ll see the East End transformed into an inner city festival of music where some of the world's top acts are gracing the four stages…
So, we thought we’d update you on what’s going on in the area, and give you a few tips on how best to enjoy TRNSMT this weekend.
We absolutely love the comeback album from London Grammar. Headed up by the amazing Hannah Reid who graces every stage with her simplistic style ~ “When we first started performing live, I found that dressing as if I was just going out for the day made the nerves easier.” ~ and hymnal, hypnotic vocals. Catch Hannah and the guys kicking off the weekend on Friday night at 5.55pm.
For something a little more ‘up and coming’, White Room are playing the Jack Rocks stage on Sunday. Hailing from Brighton, they’ve been described by Clash Music as a “sea of soaring guitars” with an enigmatic stage presence and crafty songwriting.
Who can forget those indie days in the Noughties? We’ll be singing along to the Kooks’ back catalogue as they open the evening slot on the main stage on Saturday.
With headliners like Radiohead, Biffy Clyro and Kasabian closing each night there is no shortage of amazing acts to see. And if anyone fancies a little bit of a dance, the Smirnoff House has countless DJs to keep the spirits up between acts.
For all acts and stage times, you can download the nifty TRNSMT app.
If you start to feel your tummy rumble half way between the King Tuts stage and the Jack Rocks Tent, you’ll no doubt be enticed by the smells of the amazing Babu Bombay Street Kitchen.
Babu creates street food with family recipes and homestyle cooking. And always - of course - with a touch of spice! Yes, for you purists, they might do things slightly differently and mix things up with a little Scottish influence now and again, but isn't variety the spice of life (are there too many puns in this blog?!)?
They’re also the creators of the NAANWICH (yes - it’s as good as it sounds), butter toasted naan, with homemade red chilli mayo, roast chicken masala topped with their signature garnish of fresh coriander, red onion and a squeeze of lime ~ delicious. We’ll see you in the queue...
If you fancy something a little more wholesome, our other top pick is Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods, serving yummy vegetarian and vegan food.
THE SURROUNDING AREA
If you’ve not been to Glasgow in a while, you’ll notice that some of the city’s ‘grittier’ spaces have been given a makeover with some amazing street art, including the Barras. Graffiti artists were once viewed as vandals but now (certainly in most European cities) are thought of as pioneers of a new kind of visual art. You can see some of Glasgow’s most famous street artist Rogue One’s work in and around the East End.
Pirate Girl by Rogue One (Ross Street - just outside our studio)
...is how our East End neighbours and good friends at one of our favourite award-winning creative agencies Made Brave describes the city when we caught up with them to chat about the festival. Made Brave ~ who are “well within earshot of this weekend’s festivities” ~ work with companies to uncover what makes them, and their products and services unique and exciting and then “develop brands, campaigns and experiences to make them bigger, bolder and stronger.”
“BOLD, CREATIVE AND BRAVE”
As pioneers of the creative scene in Glasgow they recommend a pre / post TRNSMT stop at some of the local eateries, “We’re big foodies around here ~ our favourites are Drygate, St Lukes and West Brewery (especially because it’s Summer - they’ve got a crackin’ beer garden). We also always go to A Couple of Cooks - a catering kitchen in the East End (it’s a hidden gem).”
(We’re big fans of St Lukes at Nu Blvck too - we have it on good authority that you can expect DJ'S* / BBQ'S / BEER / COCKTAILS / GOOD TIMES at this amazing converted church all weekend.)
Other TRNSMT tips from the Made Bravers are Biffy Clyro and Blossoms, “We've been singing along to them recently, so Sunday's going to be a good'un”. And because it just makes good festival sense, “Unless you have walkie-talkies or an unlimited battery on your phone, have an meeting space for you and your pals in case anyone gets lost mid-dance-off.” We couldn’t agree more!
Enjoy, stay safe and have an amazing TRNSMT weekend! We’ll see you there!