We’ve got a pretty clear picture now of what the festival season looks like in 2013. Here’s our mammoth rundown of the best bands hitting the circuit this year and where you can catch them, starting with The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury, the big daddy (June 26-30, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset).
Banjos set to stun as Mumford & Sons join Mick and Keef on the farm.
And the third headline berth is of course taken by Arctic Monkeys. There’ll be a new album by then won’t there, chaps?
Glastonbury also sees a massive opportunity for Haim to make their mark. They’re on the Pyramid Stage and will be a splendid substitute for the no-showing Fleetwood Mac.
And events like this are made for the likes of Alt-J. The high-riding Mercury champs are well-placed to create their own Glastonbury Moment on the Other Stage.
If you missed them at Coachella or Primavera, you can still catch Blur at Open’er festival (3-6th July, Poland) and Rock Werchter with Kings Of Leon (4–7th July, Belgium).
Phoenix stepped up to the big league recently with album ‘Bankrupt!’. Catch them at Worthy Farm.
The xx are creating their own festival, Night + Day, which sounds amazing (22nd June 2013, Hatfield House, London).
And Vampire Weekend will be donning the deck shoes and popping their collars in support of third preppy opus ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ at Glastonbury.
After bagging our Best Album of 2012 for ‘Lonerism’, Tame Impala are heading to Reading & Leeds.
They’ll be joined by post-punk power trio Merchandise.
At Primavera, you can expect polite dubstep vibes from new Sade, Jessie Ware (16-18 August, Shifnal) .
Peace will be making a megatonne of festival appearances this year including Glastonbury and Reading.
If you missed Bat For Lashes at Field Day you could saunter down to Hérouville Saint-Clair for Beauregard Festivals on July 5 – 7 .
You can catch Animal Collective, balancing sweet-shop psychedelia with rave-revival beats, at Roskilde festival (June 29- July 7, Festivalpladsen Roskilde, Denmark).
Palma Violets are another band you can expect to light up any bleedin’ festival you can mention, but Leeds is a chance to see if they can cut it away from the hardcore fans.
Same goes for Savages innit.
Head to Loch Ness in June for Rockness (June 7-9, Loch Ness, Inverness-shire), to see how Example‘s stadium rave is coming along.
Getting a bit more old skool, Basement Jaxx will be bringing the party before the midlife crisis.
Also at Rockness, The Vaccines will be fusing Britpop and Gene Vincent the only way they know how. Fast.
The Stone Roses are still together! Well, they are as we go to press, and they’ll be baggying up the Isle Of Wight Festival (June 13-16, Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight).
And there’s heavyweight competition on the Isle from The Killers.
Rawk returns to Donington in the shape of the reshaped Queens of The Stone Age with Josh Homme joined by Dave Grohl and Mark Lanegan as they headline Download (June 14-16, Donington Park, Castle Donington).
There’s also pantomime japery from Slipknot.
And some metal royalty in Iron Maiden.
Rihanna is taking top billing at Danish festival Roskilde (July 4-7, Roskilde, Denmark), to run through her carnival of whopping hits.
Fewer hits in the Jake Bugg Roskilde set but that’s just a matter of time, right?
And Sigur Ros are back in the game, keeping it vaguely Scandinavian.
Kraftwerk will be carting their laptops all the way to Kinross for T In The Park (July 12-14 July 12-14, Balado, Kinross-shire), not to mention cycling all the way back to Suffolk for Latitude later in the summer.
Dizzee Rascal‘s there too, totally addicted to bass.
Wireless (July 12-14, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London) needs to be three days long to accommodate Justin Timberlake‘s ‘The 20/20 Experience’.
His pal Jay-Z will also be on hand at the park.
Finally at Wireless, watch out for hip-hop’s latest drawling genius Kendrick Lamar.
Primal Scream will be airing new album ‘More Light’ at Benicassim (July 18-21, Costa del Azahar) ands soaking up those Spanish rays. Actually, they probably won’t, given Bobby Gillespie’s customary pallor.
Scourge of Twitter Azealia Banks will also be taking everyone down on the Costa.
Along with everyone’s warm and fuzzy pals, Swim Deep.
Foals finally take a richly deserved major headline slot at Latitude (July 18-21, Henham Park, Southwold).
Joined by Bloc Party, still alive and kicking after all these turbulent years and hiatuses and splits and non-splits…
There’s a high-up-the-Latitude-bill slot for The Maccabees too, getting in some last-minute practice before the step up… next year?
The glitz and glamour of V Festival (August 17-18, Weston Park, Staffs and Hylands Park, Chelmsford) will be personified by the queenly figure of Beyoncé.
Kings Of Leon will be providing pretty much the opposite of glitz and glamour, but hey, it’ll be good to see them.
Or how about Beady Eye? Liam and co have just about got that difficult second album in the bag – will it blast ’em like Oasis?
Now a Grand Old Dame of Hip-Hop, Eminem will be tearing up the Reading & Leeds (August 23-25, Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds) stage, if his back holds out.
Biffy Clyro will be gracing the double-header too, now firmly ensconced at the top table after gargantuan number one album ‘Opposites’.
The reanimated Fall Out Boy are also booked for Reading & Leeds and ready to scorch with new material.
And the Deftones are still going, apparently. Bravo.
There’s the undeniable whiff of godlike genius in the air as Johnny Marr jangles his way down to Bestival (September 5-7).
Also at Bestival are The Flaming Lips who with any luck will be tempering their new existential angst-o-rama ‘The Terror’ with a few hits.
Finally, MIA should’ve released ‘Matangi’ by the time she gets to Bestival and we’ll all be trying to chant the words. My chain hits my chest when I’m banging on the dashboard. Halfway there already.
The queen of dubstep will be travelling all across Europe this summer, stopping off in Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Belgium and various places in the UK too. Katy B will almost definitely be playing new track “What Love Is Made Of”, slightly more house and trap than her old style. Catch her at Global Gathering (July 26 – 27 Stratford-upon-avon, UK)
D’Angelo will be back touring this summer. There’s no news of fresh music at the moment, but maybe he’ll be using these slots to promote a forthcoming album? See him at Lovebox (July 19th – 21st, Victoria Park, London, UK)
Swedish duo The Knife are best known for penning the original “Heartbeats” that was made famous by fellow Swede José González. They’ll be appearing at loads of European festivals this year, and will perform at Rob Da Bank’s Bestival here in the UK (5 – 8 September, Isle Of Wight) and Øya (6 – 10 August, Øya Festival 2013 – Oslo, Norway).
After becoming the first female solo act to win the Shortlist Music Prize and releasing her ninth studio albums in 2012, it will be great to see Cat Power doing the festival circuit. Catch her at Glastonbury, Latitude and Øya.
She’s been awarded the Webby Award for Artist of the Year this year, so look out for Grimes if you’re at Øya.
Wu! Wu! You’ll find Wu-Tang Clan at Bestival this year.
Factory Floor will be at Lovebox and Unknown festival in Croatia (11 – 14 Sept).
Disclosure are taking the house world by storm, having just released their debut album, “Settle”. Don’t miss the hits such as “White Noise” and “Latch” if you’re going to Glastonbury.
Having released a pretty impressive 15 studio albums, including ‘Push The Sky Away’ in February of this year, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have got a pretty hectic summer ahead of them this year. Catch them at Flow festival (7 – 11 August, Helsinki, Finland) and Glasto.
Solange will be joining her sister Beyoncé at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans in July. But you can also catch her at Øya.
Azealia Banks’ long-awaited album is yet to be announced but she’s down to play a bunch of festivals this year. See her at Worthy Farm.