The BBC are streaming hundreds of hours of footage of Glastonbury Festival this year and it’s easy to get totally lost in the schedules. Each day of the weekend we’ve been bringing you a guide of what to watch. We’re into the final straight now. So you don’t miss any of the best bits we’ve made a Sunday plan for you:
Melt Yourself Down – 13.00, West Holts Stage
MYD are a supergroup of sorts, comprising members of Zun Zun Egui, Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland and Mulatu Astatke’s band, among others. They sit somewhere between the Sun Ra Arkestra and Jungle on the scale of “full blown acid jazz” to “amiable mid-afternoon groove”, but with a similar party-punk demeanour to !!!. If you want to watch a few thousand exhausted bodies dance their way back to life, this is the one to start your day with.
Connan Mockasin – 15.15, Park Stage
When we interviewed Charli XCX for our Glastonbury preview issue of NME magazine, she said there was no-one she’d rather do Glastonbury with than Mr Connan Mockasin. It’s easy to see why: his hippyish demeanour and laid-back character embody Glastonbury’s spirit through and through, while his slighty woozy, confused but peaceful songs will mirror most of the audience’s headspace come Sunday afternoon.
Dolly Parton – 16.20, Pyramid Stage
Up at the festival’s more hedonistic stages, there’s a gaggle of very convincing Drag Dollys doing the rounds, but there’s nothing like the real thing. Next year will be her 60th in the business, and her Sunday afternoon set is sure to be a lesson in showmanship, marrying her Southern charm with Glastonbury’s south-western magic. Arguably this is the most talked about set of the weekend.
The Horrors – 17.20, Other Stage
Although The Horrors aren’t the kind to pander to audiences or expectations, there’s a sniff of festival nous to their most recent album, ‘Luminous’: a little more four-to-the-floor than usual, a touch of Moroder, and an epic scale perfectly suited to balmy Sunday afternoons. Still, don’t expect any foam hands or multi-coloured backdrops from them.
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – 18.00, Park Stage
Yoko’s making her Glastonbury debut at the age of 81, gracing the Park Stage with some very special guests (clue: they have a few popular songs, and together with Ono, their hearts will beat as one). While it’ll be incredible to hear them play material from their self-titled 1970 studio debut, the NME team will be out in force for the irresistible ‘New York Noodletown’ from last year’s ‘Take Me To The Land Of Hell’.
St Vincent – 19.30, Park Stage
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Although there’s little like the visceral sensation you get from seeing St Vincent play live, there’s a part of us which envies those watching at home on TV because they’ll be able to see the full picture: the parts where Annie Clark pulls off little robotic dance moves between gnarled riffs, the full impact of her silhouette as she stands spread-legged atop her pink podium, soloing like a beast, the creepy clarity of her between-song monologues. Could be a real springboard for St Vincent.
Chance The Rapper – 20.45, John Peel Stage
Like Jungle and Courtney Barnett before him, we’re predicting a trademark Big Glastonbury Moment for Chance The Rapper, the point at which he steps out of his shoes as an underground concern and into the big leagues. Hopefully he’ll be doing a few new bits too: our copy of ‘Acid Rap’ is figuratively worn thin by this point. He hasn’t done too many UK shows, so this is sure to be a special one.
James Blake – 21.00, Park Stage
Comes a point on festival Sundays where you just need to have a little comforting cry, even if the worst thing that’s happened to you is sleeping on a really lumpy bit of ground. Enter Mercury Prize winner James Blake, king in the exquisite mope, facilitator of your luxurious weep. He’s been holed up on LA for a while now, reportedly living with Chance The Rapper, so fingers crossed we might get to hear what they’ve been working on – though sadly there’s no chance of a collaboration as their sets overlap almost entirely. Sounds like an opportunity to flip between tabs to us.
Kasabian – 21.45, Pyramid Stage
No Rolling Stone-style mechanical phoenixes required for Kasabian: they’ll roll out their headline set with the biggest sheet of pink cloth seen outside of Mr Blobby’s underwear drawer and one of Serge’s nifty themed shirts. “Glast-eh”? “Worth-eh”? The pun potential is great. A week after becoming de facto mayors of Leicester following their massive hometown show and scoring another number one album with ‘48.13’, tonight’s sure to be a career-high for these lads on tor. (Sorry.)
Disclosure – 22.00, West Holts Stage
Although Jungle might be muscling in on their patch, right now there’s no band as guaranteed to set things off at a festival as Disclosure. Theirs is a minimal setup for maximum effect, which you can recreate in the comfort of your own home by turning the lights off, painting the contours of your face with UV pen, and improvising a cowbell with an empty baked beans can and a stick.