T In The Park kicks off this weekend and we’ve collected together the 30 acts you’ve got to (try and) see, starting with Haim, Friday, Radio 1 Stage. It’s been a great 2013 for Haim so far and things will only get better as the three sisters (plus drummer) make their first T appearance. Whether you’re there for the music or not, Haim are worth seeing for Este’s legendary bassface alone.
Everything Everything, Friday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
Manchester pop-wonders Everything Everything went crowd-pleaser for their second album ‘Arc’, packing it with choruses and enough potential hits to rival a Rihanna album. Perfect for T In The Park 2013.
FIDLAR, Friday, Transmissions Stage.
Scratchy LA garage-rockers FIDLAR are set to rule the Transmissions Stage this year with their party-starting punk anthems for debauched teens. Fuck It Dog, go see FIDLAR.
Kraftwerk, Friday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
Every once in a while comes a gig that is pretty unmissable, like Kraftwerk at the Tate Modern. Another is Kraftwerk at T In The Park. To miss it you’ll probably have to go see Green Velvet or something. Just saying.
Jake Bugg, Friday, Radio 1 Stage.
Nottingham delta bluesman (if that’s not a contradiction in terms) Jake Bugg is back at T after a great performance to a modest crowd in 2012. There’ll be none of that this year – expect the teen prodigy to snare the entire field.
Alt-J, Saturday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
The math-pop kings are sure to wow the punters with their Mercury award-winning set. Back at King Tut’s Tent a year on, but this time not so early in the morning, they promise a triumphant return.
Beady Eye, Saturday, Radio 1 Stage.
The charm offensive continues with Liam Gallagher and ex-Oasis chums taking their fine second album ‘BE’ north of the border. There’ll be horns, there’ll be a smattering of Oasis classics and there’ll be a microphone suspended above Liam’s snarling jaw.
Daughter, Saturday, Transmissions Stage.
Comfortable in the more intimate surroundings, London trio Daughter should captivate with their mild but bewitching melodies and deep, poetic lyrics. Like a folk Björk, they’re compelling but delicate with it.
Miles Kane, Saturday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
Miles Kane proved he could get the crowd crazy at the NME Awards Tour this year and revealed a new command of the stage at Glastonbury in June. This sharp-suited rock-god-in-waiting is guaranteed to do similar at T.
Palma Violets, Saturday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
The Lambeth boys are playing King Tut’s after a victorious set at Glastonbury 2013. Such early days, but they already have an NME Track of the Year and a storming debut album under their belts. We are assured that Chilli Jesson will get sweaty.
Peace, Saturday, Transmissions Stage.
Surely the champions of curled-lip charity-shop indie, Peace will probably debut new coats at T In The Park. And all the massive songs from debut album ‘In Love’ that bagged them a 9 out of 10 in the NME this spring. Don’t miss those coats though.
The Strypes, Saturday, Transmissions Stage.
Only a couple of singles under the collective belt and already Cavan quartet The Strypes are being mentioned in the same breath as The Beatles. Let’s not go overboard here, but their jagged-edged R&B is well worth a go.
Swim Deep, Saturday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
The stoner-brother of Peace, Birmingham’s Swim Deep are on a constant rise, slaying festivals like SXSW. Watch out for these Madland dreamers and their gorgeous, warped tunes.
My Bloody Valentine, Saturday, Transmissions Stage.
Shoegaze forefathers My Bloody Valentine are improbably back in action with a new album in ‘m b v’ to rival anything from their heyday. Still absolutely unmissable but make sure you’re equipped with earplugs – ‘You Made Me Realise’ turns into a near-hallucinogenic squall of noise.
Foals, Sunday, Radio 1 Stage.
NME Award-winners Foals play the Radio 1 Stage in a year that’s seen them graduate to the festival big league. They’re a bit more engaged than they used to be and newer tracks ‘Inhaler’ and ‘My Number’ are taking them to a higher level.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sunday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
Karen, Nick and Brian played at T four years ago but return as a more well-rounded proposition, with recent album ‘Mosquito’ exploring greater depths – as well as the usual rampaging rock’n’roll. If you’re lucky they’ll bring along the gospel choir for ‘Sacrilege’.
Frank Ocean, Sunday, Main Stage.
After the one of the finest albums of 2012 in ‘Channel Orange’, Odd Future’s Frank Ocean is sweeping the country, belatedly picking up the praise in person. Recent European dates have seen the prolific Ocean air some new tracks, so look forward to some treats from this neo-soulman.
Hurts, Sunday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
Hurts always look immaculate, which is no mean feat on the festival circuit. That’s a lot of pomade in one rucksack. They last played T In The Park two years ago and now return with excellent second album ‘Exile’ bolstering their set.
Johnny Marr, Sunday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
Crowned our very own Godlike Genius earlier this year, Johnny Marr will showcase Smiths classics and songs from this year’s splendid solo album ‘The Messenger’ in a set that should unite the generations.
Azealia Banks, Sunday, Radio 1 Stage.
A mystery wrapped up in an enigma – perhaps we’ll never hear a proper album that rap’s leading mouth of the year Azealia Banks, but she’s got enough mixtapes and tracks in the bag by now to deliver a cracking show. Just don’t get on her wrong side
Frank Turner, Sunday, Radio 1 Stage.
The man, the legend, the finest agit-pop singer to come out of Hampshire, Frank Turner will be bringing his guitar and his polemic to T, promising a fiesta of good vibes and low-key political rallying.
Disclosure, Sunday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
Brothers and number one hitmakers Disclosure bring their cunningly repackaged deep house to King Tut’s Tent on Sunday and – who knows? – after their star-studded Glastonbury appearance, you can probably expect some guests too. AlunaGeorge are on site after all.
CHVRCHES, Sunday, Transmissions Stage.
This is CHVRCHES’ year. We’re calling it. Last year’s ‘Mother We Share’ and this year’s ‘Recover’ and ‘Gun’ are three of the finest electropop singles you’ll hear this side of The Human League, and there’s an album to come in September. The Scots trio will be right at home here too.
Tyler, The Creator, Sunday, Slam Tent.
Commanding column inches for mainly the wrong reasons, Tyler, The Creator is also a rapper to rival the very best, as this year’s labyrinthine but in-yer-face ‘Wolf’ album proved. This one’s a must-see – expect fellow Odd Future rhymesman Earl Sweatshirt to chip in, and maybe Frank Ocean as well.
Deap Vally, Sunday, King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent.
Debut album ‘Sistrionix’ is exactly the rasping, riffing blues-a-thon we were hoping for, and LA duo Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards are capable of delivering it snarl-for-snarl live. Looking for a new White Stripes? Call off the search.
Jagwar Ma, Sunday, Transmissions Stage.
If the sun’s out on the Sunday, Jagwar Ma will be a rare treat. The Australian pair squeeze out the sort of Balearic meets Baggy grooves that’ll have punters of a certain age getting all misty-eyed about ‘Screamadelica’-era Primal Scream; for the rest of you, it’s just great sunshine pop.
DIIV, Sunday, T Break Stage.
Melodic dream-pop comes to the T Break Stage on Sunday with Brooklyn band DIIV. If you’re looking for mesmerising amounts of reverb, indecipherable lyrics, and blissed-out rock ‘n’ roll – and who isn’t? – DIIV are for you.
AlunaGeorge, Sunday, Transmissions Stage.
Another act making a big splash this year, London electropop duo AlunaGeorge (that’s Aluna Francis and George Reid) release their breathlessly anticipated debut album at the end of July so this T In The Park gig should be an ecstatic launch party.
The Killers, Sunday, Main Stage.
Everyone’s favourite Las Vegan glitzy junior Springsteens The Killers will be closing the festival and what a way to go. Stirring rock anthems, feathers on shoulders and glam indie rabble-rousers should get the whole crowd singing along. You could do worse than join them.