Having been a renowned performance poet for years, Londoner Kate Tempest released her debut solo album ‘Everybody Down’ in May. Recorded with producer Dan Carey (Franz Ferdinand, La Roux), it’s breathtakingly stark in terms of its lyrical content – so no wonder it’s propelled Kate from music’s fringes to the centre stages.
Led by Kieran Shudall, the Liverpool fourpiece set tongues wagging last year by uploading debut track ‘Young Chasers’ to Soundcloud. Within weeks the song had gone viral, leading to a flurry of industry interest that saw the band finally sign late last year. Now hard at work on their debut album, they look set to be one of the most talked about bands of the summer.
London fourpiece Wolf Alice have history with Glastonbury – it’s the place singer Ellie Rowsell always promised herself she’s play after seeing an incendiary gig by The Horrors there a few years ago. In 2014 she’s going to realise that dream, with her band one of the UK’s most hyped newcomers of the year.
The Aussie act have been on the road continuously since storming New York’s CMJ festival last year, so by the time they get to Worthy Farm expect them to be firing on all cylinders. Key track ‘Is This How You Feel?’ had some comparing them to Warpaint, but in reality they’re more akin to the The Go-Go’s and Blondie – punk with a pop edge.
The fourpiece are hot industry prospects at the moment, and Glastonbury will be the first real chance for the public at large to see them. Early track ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’ is the track to check; all Beta Band wooziness but with vocals that set them apart from the current crop of Brit indie acts.
First coming to our attention via Disclosure’s Method label (which released his debut track ‘J.A.W.S’ last year), London producer Andy Smith’s early output had some people wondering whether he was in fact one of the Lawrence brothers. But he’s no mere copycat – the likes of ‘Playground’ and ‘Never Love’ mark him out as one of dance’s most promising new discoveries.
The Black Tambourines
Heading up the new band scene in Falmouth, Cornwall are The Black Tambourines. On record they’re the scuzzy little brothers of Black Lips, but it’s live where the four-piece excel – sharper and more frenetic than their US heroes while still being every bit as unpredictable.
Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike – or MNEK to his friends and fans – has remixed and written songs for the likes of Little Mix and Jennifer Lopez, but don’t let that put you off. Part of Rudimental’s Black Butter label, he’s the voice on Gorgon City’s ‘Ready For Your Love’ as well as one of the most highly-regarded pop producers since Xenomania first started churning out hits.
Chance The Rapper
You’ll probably know this guy already, of course, but Chance has been suspiciously quiet in terms of UK activity of late. Which makes his appearance on the John Peel Stage all the more essential. While his dabblings with Bieber and Coldplay are dubious, there’s no doubting his talent. In short, he’s the still the most exciting thing to happen to hip hop in years.
The Cape Town-based act mixed traditional African influences, funk and gentle electronica on last year’s well-recieved self-titled debut LP. Reminding critics of everyone from Vampire Weekend to Parliament, we’ll just say they’re experts when it comes to magical, wide-eyed pop.
All We Are
The Liverpool-based band have described themselves as “The Bee Gees on diazepam” – and amazingly, it’s a pretty accurate summation. Their hypnagogic debut ‘Utmost Good’ backed up the big-talk, while more recently they’ve become fast-friends with Warpaint following a series of support gigs with the LA girls.
Yet another amazing new talent hailing from Australia, Courtney Barnett’s track ‘Avant Gardner’ was one of the best of 2013. Having now toured the world since its release, her debut appearance at Worthy Farm is likely to be one of the festival’s talking points in terms of new acts.
Initially cloaking themselves in a veil of mysticism, the London duo are slowly coming out of their shells. Gone are the stage shows where they were bathed in so much smoke you couldn’t actually see them – instead, they’re letting the songs do the talking, and the likes of Busy Earnin’ are tailor-made for festival singalongs.
Blackpool’s Darlia showed their flair for broodingly discomforting grunge with the guttural snarl of debut single ‘Queen Of Hearts’. Since then they’ve earned a reputation as an intriguing proposition live, while a recent cover of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ (recorded for NME) has furthered their kudos still.
Fat White Family
Probably the most talked about new band from Britain of 2014, London’s Fat White Family are set to play three gigs at Worthy Farm this year. They’re also the most haphazard act going too – so here’s hoping they don’t all go AWOL within five minutes of being onsite…
Copenhagen’s Karen Marie Ørsted has been responsible for releasing some of the most dynamic pop bangers of the year, topped off with her Diplo-aided ‘Bikini Daze’ EP. She’s from the same school as Grimes and Nite Owl, so expect her Glastonbury set to go off.
Lonely The Brave
The Cambridge act seem destined for big things – they’ve sold out countless London shows and their riff-heavy tunes have won over everyone from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to Deftones, both of whom they’ve supported recently.
The Southampton duo may still be hideously young, but they’ve been ones-to-watch for much of the year. Bluesy but never too calculated, their gigs are confident, riotous affairs that usually see singer Joe somewhat menacingly staring down his own audience.
Newly signed to Rough Trade, the Brooklyn-based act released one of the finest albums of the decade in ‘Light Up Gold’. The recently-released follow-up, ‘Sunbathing Animals’, isn’t too bad either.