So what do you think about the Glastonbury lineup? The big news is, of course, the Rolling Stones’ first ever show at Worthy Farm. You can read more about what we want them to play a in Kevin EG Perry’s piece (while you’re at it, don’t miss these spine-tingling live shots of the Stones’ hugest shows).
Arctic Monkeys (Friday) and wurzel-munchers Mumford & Sons (Sunday) will be the other Pyramid Stage headliners. Can the Monkeys pull off another headline set? Hell yes, says Jamie Fullerton. But apart from the Mick Jagger and chums there aren’t any enormous surprises for the long June weekend. Portishead, Cat Power, Chic featuring Nile Rogers and Elvis Costello are slightly more leftfield (and very exciting). Electronic/dance music fans will be sated by Major Lazer, Disclosure, Sub Focus, Rudimental and more. Hip-hop’s never massively catered for at Glastonbury but Nas, Tyler, the Creator and Public Enemy are a strong triumverate.
What does the line-up tell us about music in 2013? A quick glance at the main acts playing the key stages suggests Radio One boss George Ergatoudis was right when he predicted a boom time for guitar music last year. This year’s line-up seems a little swayed towards indie compared with previous years. Beyonce, Pendulum, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, DJ Shadow took some of the top spots at Glastonbury 2011. The year before we saw Gorillaz, Stevie Wonder, Faithless, Orbital, Hot Chip, Groove Armada and Mos Def riding high. Yes, they’ve got Dizzee Rascal, Rita Ora, Example, Azealia Banks, The Weeknd this year but pop, electro and bass music take a back seat. There’s always the secret shows at the Park Stage, but I doubt we’ll see Skrillex on that bill.
We asked NME readers on Twitter which acts they’re excited about seeing and from quick glance, it looks as if Arctic Monkeys is the most popular act. Let us know what you think using the hashtag #glastofave.
To get you in the mood, here’s a handy Spotify playlist of artists playing Glastonbury 2013
The Glastonbury line-up as it stands is:
Arctic Monkeys; the Rolling Stones; Mumford & Sons; Dizzee Rascal; Primal Scream; Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds; Vampire Weekend; Elvis Costello; the Vaccines; Kenny Rogers; Ben Howard; Rita Ora; Rufus Wainwright; Jake Bugg; Professor Green; Laura Mvula; Billy Bragg; Rokia Traoré; First Aid Kit; Haim
Portishead; Chase & Status; The xx; Foals; Example; The Smashing Pumpkins; Alt-J; Two Door Cinema Club; PiL; Tame Impala; Alabama Shakes; Editors; Azealia Banks; Of Monsters and Men; the Lumineers; Enter Shikari; I Am Kloot; The Hives; Amanda Palmer
West Holts stage
Chic featuring Nile Rogers; Public Enemy; The Weeknd; Seasick Steve; Major Lazer; Tom Tom Club; Maverick Sabre; Lianne Les Havas; Toro Y Moi; Ondatrópica; Sérgio Mendes; Dub Colossus; the Orb & Indigenous People; The Child of Lov; Alice Russell; Goat; Badbadnotgood; The Bombay Royale; Matthew E. White; Riot Jazz
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The Park stage
Cat Power; The Horrors; Fuck Buttons; Django Django; Rodriguez; Dinosaur Jr; Calexico; Steve Mason; Palma Violets; Devendra Banhart; Michael Kiwanuka; Solange; King Krule; Stealing Sheep; Tim Burgess; Melody’s Echo Chamber; Ed Harcourt; Half Moon Run; Josephine; Teleman
John Peel stage
Crystal Castles; Hurts; Phoenix; Bastille; Everything Everything; James Blake; Johnny Marr; The Courteeners; Jessie Ware; Tyler, The Creator; Frightened Rabbit; Miles Kane; Local Natives; The Strypes; Savages; Tom Odell; Peace; Daughter; Villagers; Toy; Jagwar Ma
Nas; Hot Natured; Disclosure; Rudimental; The Family Stone; Skream & Benga; Sub Focus; Charles Bradley; SBTRKT; Netsky; Dogblood; The Congos; The 2 Bears; Aluna George; Julio Bashmore; Wiley; TEED; Gold Panda; David Rodigan
Sinéad O’Connor; Stevie Winwood; Lucinda Williams; Glen Hansard; Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings; Gabrielle Aplin; The Proclaimers; Martha Wainwright; Seth Lakeman; KT Tunstall; Gretchen Peters; Martin Stevenson & The Daintees
Ben Caplan; Beverley Knight; Crowns; Evan Dando; Gary Clark Jr.; JJ Grey & Mofro; Josh Doyle; Lucy Rose; Mad Dog Mcrea; Molotov Jukebox; Newton Faulkner; Oysterband; Penguin Café; Shooglenifty; Stornoway; The Destroyers; The Staves; The Urban Voodoo Machine; Vintage Trouble; Xavier Rudd