Back, and happy to share my thoughts.
Can I start with a super-special, magical up yours to the shambles that is Happy Bus? Waiting at our pick up point for no bus. Tried phoning, using social media etc. multiple times over an hour to see what was happening. Eventually they gave in and picked up to tell me that the bus had been cancelled and I had supposedly been notified by e-mail.
I might have missed it (had a quick search on my phone and didn't find anything but could still be proven wrong) but a phone call would have been nice. If something had been sent whilst I was on holiday it's likely to have been missed in amongst 150 work e-mails, spam and all the other stuff that comes in. If you're making drastic changes or cancelling, pick up the phone to people. They might be unhappy but to try and pass it off with a flippant e-mail that you just don't know if they've been able to read then that's drastically poor customer service. If you pick up the phone you know that they know and it causes a lot less issues.
Left us stranded in Glasgow but thank you to the kind member of the festival community that put us up for the night when they did not need to.
As for the festival:
TRNSMT could really be called "You can't teach a Geoff Ellis new tricks", quite accurately.
To start with the positives, Radiohead and Belle & Sebastian put in good performances. Less neds than TITP.
To move to the negatives, god almighty they don't even hide how much they want to fleece you for things. Would guesstimate without hyperbole that 60-70% of the food stalls are greasy burger stalls (mostly all called 'Burger Shack', selling the lowest quality burger in the dryest, stalest bun man could find and charging £7 for the priviledge). £2.50 for a bottle of watter. £5.50 for a pint of cheap cider.£6 for a spirit. £25 for a t-shirt, and if you wanted a t-shirt with all the bands on the back then I could only see t-shirts with one day each on them. If you wanted the full line-up, you'll need three t-shirts so £75 for that please. Had an awful cocktail (supposedly a peach daquiri - basically a shot of vodka, lemonade and sickly sweet peach syrup with two ice cubes - £7 for that please)
They don't even wait till you're through the gates to sell stuff to you. A big digital screen with speakers is outside blaring out music and advertising all of the gigs they have on the go outside Everywhere you look they're trying to sell you something - either gig tickets, over priced food, over priced drinks, over priced t-shirts (and I say over-priced even taking festival pricing into consideration). No creativity, no inspiration, just wall to wall commercialism and nothing to do other than watch a band or drink. No activities, no causes. The precise reason why TITP started going downhill - shove a lot of youngsters into a space with loads of drink available and not enough else to do = trouble.
Belle & Sebastian were very good. Shame about the huge noise bleed from a local DJ bit remixing their quietest and most tender moments of the set throughout.
Radiohead good, awful crowd. Lots of people barging and pushing people out of the way, the usual drinks throwers, people talking and making phone calls throughout (lots more so than I've been used to at the festivals I've been attending for the last fourteen years). Saw not quite a fight break out during 'All I Need' next to us where some guy was grabbed by the scruff of his neck and repeatedly pushed into the crowd behind us. Crowd was summed up when people were pulled up on stage to dance to 'Boy with the Arab Strap' when Belle & Sebastian were on and the camera kept cutting to someone who seemed to be texting for at least the entire first half of the song on stage. Talk about missing the moment.
I don't want to sound like I'm being over the top or this is hyperbole - I truly, truly hope you have a fantastic time if you go. Fill up on food and booze beforehand as it's extortionately priced. However if Geoff Ellis thinks this is what appeals to a more mature, over 30 festival crowd then he's utterly deluded in his thought. It's T in the Park with more blatant commercialism squeezed in and the campsite taken away. Radiohead and Belle & Seb aside, it's a TITP style line-up. Let's face it. I always hoped that T in the Park would turn it around as it was my first festival and I've got good memories of it. I actually actively hope that this fails because it's pretty insulting that Geoff Ellis would think this is is "fresh however you approach it" as he said in an interview.
But as I say, I really,really hope that you have a better experience than me and have a great time
EDIT: Checked my e-mail and there was a message in the junk folder - however they asked for a reply to confirm receipt of the e-mail. Obviously I hadn't had the chance to respond so surely the next step is to pick up the phone. Was on holiday at the time so didn't have access to e-mail which surely isn't unusual for June.