Glasgow & West Scotland

Man arrested over TRNSMT speaker climb

Rigging at TRNSMT festival Image copyright Robbie Boyle
Image caption The man was arrested after he climbed down from the speaker stack

A man has been arrested after scaling speaker rigging at the TRNSMT festival during a performance by Liam Gallagher.

Police said the 34-year-old had been charged with breach of the peace after the former Oasis star's set was briefly stopped because of the incident.

The man was among six people arrested at the festival on Saturday, which is being held at Glasgow Green.

The force said a further 33 people were also reported for alleged drugs offences.

During his set, Gallagher was seen alerting stage crew and then told the man to "jump or get down" from the speaker stack.

'Public order offences'

The incident prompted booing from the crowd, while the stage crew cut the music.

Police said: "Police can confirm that a 34-year-old man was arrested and charged with a breach of the peace after he climbed part of the speaker stack during the Liam Gallagher set at TRNSMT festival on Saturday 30 June 2018.

"A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

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Image caption Liam Gallagher told the man to "jump or get down" during his set at TRNSMT
Image copyright Robbie Boyle

The force said there were three arrests for public order offences at the festival, which is due to conclude on Sunday before resuming again on 6 July.

The added: "There were six arrests at TRNSMT festival on Saturday 30 June 2018. Three were for public order offences, two for being in the possession of flares and one for being in the possession of a weapon.

"There were 33 people reported to the Procurator Fiscal for alleged drugs offences."

'Festival exclusive'

The arrests come after officers charged eight people with separate offences on Friday while another 34 were reported for drugs crimes.

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Image caption The festival will conclude on Sunday night before resuming again on 6 July

Despite the arrests, festival organiser Geoff Ellis said the three-day event, which is due to culminate with a performance by the Arctic Monkeys on Sunday, had been a huge success.

He added: "We couldn't have asked for better on our first weekend of TRNSMT this year. We've had unbelievable festival weather and seen some fantastic sets.

"Arctic Monkeys are headlining what's probably one of the most anticipated festival performances of the year - we've got them for a UK festival exclusive, and it's their only Scottish date of 2018 - so it should be an epic end to our first three days."