Friends, soon it will be Glastonbury. 135,000 people will become best mates among the mud and debauchery at Worthy Farm from June 23 to 26. Are you excited? We are excited. Here, specifically, are 11 things we are excited about.
The whole of Thursday
AKA No Pressure Thursday. No chasing around to see all those bands you just can’t miss, just enjoying getting pissed with your mates in a field. YES MATE.
Gutted if you were too young to party in New York’s meatpacking district in the 1980s, a mecca of hedonism and thrillingly bad behaviour? Friend, be gutted no longer, for that landscape has been recreated at NYC Downlow, Glastonbury’s most ridiculously debauched club. It’s in clubland Block9, also home to glass and steel club Genosys and tower block party London Underground.
The young London singer calls her music “dark pop” and her song ‘Last Dance’ a tribal dance banger. Make sure you see her before she gets massive. She’s on the John Peel Stage at 12.45pm on Saturday.
Karaoke at the Avalon cafe
It happens every year and it is always excellent. Sometimes festival boss Michael Eavis himself rocks up, like when he sang The Rolling Stones’ ‘The Last Time’ and brought tears to all our eyes.
The Last Shadow Puppets
Alex Turner has been acting a tad, erm, erratically of late – like when he did a demented dance with his mic stand at a recent show in Newcastle – but one thing is for sure: the man always puts on a show. See him and Miles Kane in action on the Pyramid Stage at 6.45pm on the Saturday.
Always shrouded in mystery, always off-grid, always amazing. We’ve got our fingers crossed for everyone from Radiohead to All Saints. Keep ’em peeled.
Everyone knows food at festivals – especially Glastonbury – is amazing. If you think of festival food an imagine a burger that’s the culinary equivalent of Russian roulette, get with the programme, daddio. Get your chops around our foodies’ guide to Glastonbury and salivate over vegan curries and even fondue fries.
The Oxford lots aren’t quite Pyramid Stage headliners just yet – but they’re close, playing just before actual headliners Muse on the Friday. We spoke to Yannis a bit ago about the band’s headline slot at Reading & Leeds (he was chuffed) and it seems they’re rising up the line-up lists everywhere, so give it a few years and they might have superseded Matt Bellamy and co.
Bring Me The Horizon
If the Sheffield post-hardcore group smash Glastonbury the way they smashed up Coldplay’s table at the NME Awards in April, it’ll be a goodun. Duck at cover at the Other Stage at 7.10pm on the Friday.
The city-within-a-festival has to be seen to be believed. It always has a political theme and is a demented parallel universe that takes a whole month to build and comes to life at night. When it first emerged in 2008, it was a dystopian city and has since morphed into a purgatory of Heaven and Hell. This year the narrative continues as the theme has become ‘Media Hell – Truth and Lies’, as the city has been taken over by the sinister media conglomerate Shangri-Hell International Television (SHITV), which brainwashes its residents. Look, just see it for yourself, yeah?
James Murphy and co. soundtracked our lives from 2002 to 2011, and now they’re back. End the weekend by belting out ‘All My Friends’ from 9.45pm on the Other Stage on the Sunday and know that life is good.