Glastonbury festival is almost upon us. Planning your schedule already? Here’s 50 acts you just can’t miss. Arcade Fire have already headlined some of the world’s biggest festivals so they’ll be more than ready when they get to the stage on Friday evening. Don’t bet against them bringing a few surprises.
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As anyone who saw Jack White’s solo show live around the release of ‘Blunderbuss’ knows, when he’s on his own Jack transforms into an entirely different beast. His shows are intense, dark, freak-outs. He headlined the Pyramid Stage with The White Stripes in 2005, so knows the score well.
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Pixies recent shows at the Roundhouse suggest even sans Kim, Pixies will be magnificent at Glastonbury this year. New album ‘Indie Cindy’ is full of excellent anthems and a rare example of a band releasing an record well worth buying 20 years after their heyday. Grunge legends haven’t played at Worthy Farm since 1989 so this’ll be a special moment.
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And so many legends on the Glastonbury 2014 line-up. “We always knew it was going to be hard to be away,” says Manic Street Preachers’ frontman James Dean Bradfield said recently, and we’re glad of that. Last year’s album ‘Rewind the Film’ had some corkers on it but we’re sure to be singing along in unison to the 90s hits.
Since Jurassic 5 reformed in 2013 after breaking up in 2007, Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir, Mark 7even, DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist have been on the road, pleasing fans across Europe and the rest of the world. Seeing ‘Concrete Schoolyard’ live in the rain or shine would surely be a Worthy Farm highlight.
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Reports of Warpaint’s live shows performing their January album ‘Warpaint’ were glowing. The band last played the festival in 2007 and in an interview with Zane Lowe Emily Kokal remembered: “The mud and Radiohead, who played after us. The mud was great. Jen (Lindberg, bassist) tried to pull me in it.” Lolz.
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Theresa Wayman from Warpaint’s boyfriend will also be playing. James Blake’s festival live shows have become legendary since his first album dropped in 2011. his last album ‘Overgrown’ won the Mercury prize which introduced him to a wider audience. Bring on ‘CMYK’ even if it’s pouring with rain.
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So Led Zeppelin won’t be playing Glastonbury this year, but their frontman Robert Plant will, taking to the Pyramid Stage in his solo guise. Expect big hair, massive riffs and songs from his new album, which due later this year on The Black Keys’ label, Nonesuch.
This’ll be the breakout gig everyone’ll be talking about. The Way On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel’s booking on the Pyramid Stage is a masterstroke and his Friday lunchtime set is the perfect way to kick off the weekend, with hazy, classic rock-infused anthems. Cross your fingers for sunshine.
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Live on Saturday night in the Glade, Jon Hopkins plays at the same time as Metallica – so if James and Lars are a bit too much for you, why not try Hopkins’ intelli-bangers instead. The Coldplay-collaborator graceful invitation to an all night rave should set everyone up well for a huge night.
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Pulling a festie first, Gruff Rhys will be doing a ‘multi-media’ tour of Worthy Farm over the weekend, taking fans across all of the platforms of his ‘American Interior’ release. He’ll be playing a solo show, screening its accompanying film, hosting a discussion about the book and DJing in the Stonebridge tent.
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The most controversial Glastonbury headliners of all time, Metallica’s set will be worth checking out even if you don’t think you’re a fan, because these guys know how to put on an epic show. There’ll be pyro. There’ll be showmanship. And one heck of a story to tell everyone back home when you’ve washed the grime from your boots.
It’s rare that a band will return to play Glastonbury two years in a row, but Haim have been doing things differently from the get-go. This year the sisters swap the Pyramid for the Other Stage and a Friday afternoon slot. Hopefully Este won’t have a diabetic attack onstage this year.
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Bringing the ‘Good Stuff’, soul singer and gourmet chef Kelis will be playing songs from throughout her career – including numbers from her recent LP ‘FOOD’. A nice one to watch whilst you’re diving into your truck-bought halloumi kebab, maybe.
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Interpol returneth! And with the promise of a new album, no less. The New York gloomsters release ‘El Pintor’ on September 8, and dropped a trio of impressive sounding new tracks into their NME Awards Tour gigs earlier this year – keep an ear out for those songs on Worthy Farm.
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