Twin Atlantic: It's an honour to be on TRNSMT bill

Alternative rock band Twin Atlantic performed on the main stage at TRNSMT.

Twin Atlantic have said it is was “honour” to be playing in their home city for Scotland’s newest music festival, TRNSMT.

The alternative rock band took to the main stage this afternoon, with a bumper crowd turning up.

Now frontman Sam McTrusty and bassist Ross McNae have told how Glasgow has influenced their music more as they have grown.

McTrusty said: “For a long time it was more about escaping home and seeing what was out there and what the world had to offer.

“We sort of grew to respect where we’re from. When we started the band, we always said we would be reflecting what was going on in our lives with music we were making at the time.

Sam McTrusty from Twin Atlantic at TRNSMT festival
Sam McTrusty from Twin Atlantic at TRNSMT festival (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“It was a real, kind of, honest thing to do. People ask us all over the world ‘what’s it like to be from Glasgow?’ We were just trying to put our modern take on it, naming it (the last album) after the city.”

Twin Atlantic’s latest record, GLA, was released in September 2016 with a title referencing their home city.

More than 100,000 revellers were anticipated to have attended the event between Friday and Sunday, exceeding organisers’ expectations.

The event runs over the same weekend usually taken up by T In The Park, which organiser DF Concerts announced last November would “take a break” in 2017.

TRNSMT finishes on Sunday, with acts such as The View, Two Door Cinema Club and headliners Biffy Clyro.

Organisers believe the three-day event will have added more than £10 million to the local economy.

McTrusty said: “I think it’s only ourselves and Belle And Sebastian are the only bands from Glasgow that are playing the main stage, so that’s an honour. It really is an honour to be included.”

The band were hitting the stage a few days after a gig in Moscow.

But despite the 1,600 mile difference, McNae said the crowd response is almost exactly the same.

He said: “It’s pretty similar actually, they’re just mad. I think there’s a lot of similarities between those two countries. Mainly, everyone is just on it – steaming.”

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