No COVID Spike After TRNSMT Festival Scotland

The Courteeners on stage at TRNSMT 2021.
Ryan Buchanan
– The Courteeners on stage at TRNSMT 2021.
Lead vocalist Liam Fray said on stage: “Absolutely unreal! You’ve always treated us as one of your own.”

Another major festival took place without causing a spike in cases, according to the local authorities: Cinch Presents TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, Sept. 10-12.
TRNSMT 2021, which saw performances by Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers, Sam Fender, Little Simz, Primal Scream, Twin Atlantic, Amy Macdonald, and many more, was classified as a so-called Gateway Event, intended to inform the Scottish governments research into the safety of large scale social gatherings.
Little Simz finally got to perform for her Scottish fans at TRNSMT, even if it was with one year delay.
Tim Craig
– Little Simz finally got to perform for her Scottish fans at TRNSMT, even if it was with one year delay.

A full-capacity crowd of 50,000 celebrated together that weekend, after showing a negative lateral flow test at the gates. According to local news reports, the data from Public Health Scotland is now in, showing a total of 551 cases of COVID linked to TRNSMT.

This means, the people who tested positive for the virus were at the festival around the time of their illness. It does not mean COVID was contracted at the event.
As The Herald reported following the event, “national clinical director Professor Jason Leitch said the festival was not responsible for a spike in cases.”
“In the week immediately following the festival, 30,928 cases of Covid-19 were recorded as part of the Scottish Government’s daily tally, meaning the number of confirmed cases from TRNSMT was 1.7% of the total. However, it is not possible to narrow down when each case was reported,” the report concludes.
Promoter DF Concerts stated that TRNSMT 2021 marked “a triumphant return to Glasgow Green, reuniting some of the biggest artists in the UK with the best crowd in the world.”
Festival director Geoff Ellis commented, “What a weekend. I can’t think of a better way to bring the festival to a close than a block rocking set from electronic legends, The Chemical Brothers. I’d like to thank each and every fan, artist and crew member who has made this year’s event well worth the wait. The atmosphere around Glasgow Green has been incredible all weekend and it’s great to see so many smiling faces.
“The compliance with the lateral flow testing policies has been fantastic and lots of attendees have taken multiple tests as they visit throughout the weekend. As we bring cinch presents TRNSMT 2021 to a close, rest assured plans for next year’s event are well underway, which we’ll announce very soon.”
TRNSMT is the latest festival on an ever-growing list of major events that proved to the decision makers that large social gatherings can take place safely. More examples below: