While it’ll be difficult to escape the headline-grabbing antics of the Adele’s, Coldplay’s and Muse’s playing Glastonbury this weekend, Worthy Farm is also going to be awash with some of the world’s most amazing new and undiscovered acts.
Areas like The Park Stage, Sonic and William’s Green now have immense pedigree when it comes to showcasing emerging artists, and in 2016 the sheer number of awe-inspiring new bands on the bill is far more impressive than any other year I can remember. Throw in a few already pretty big acts playing the John Peel Stage and you could, theoretically, spend the entire weekend just watching this lot and still have a wicked time.
So, collected below are our tips on the most exciting newcomers playing Glastonbury 2016:
She Drew The Gun
John Peel Stage, Sunday, 11am
The Rabbit Hole, Thursday, 4pm
Greenpeace Stage, Saturday, 2:50pm
Who: Winners of the Glastonbury emerging talent competition in 2015 – if you’re into acts like Kate Tempest and Soak, SMTG’s brand of intelligent indie should be right up your street.
Christine & The Queens
The Other Stage, Friday, 13:40pm
Who: Incredible French pop, endorsed by Elton John.
John Peel Stage, Saturday, 1:50pm
Who: The artist behind one of 2015’s best songs, ‘Here’.
West Holts Stage, Saturday, 11:30am
Who: With her glorious debut album ‘Varmints’ released in March, Anna Meredith proved herself to be one of the most eclectic, joyous voices in modern British pop.
The Park Stage, Saturday, 2:10pm
Sonic, Friday, 8:15pm
Who: Lady Leshurr’s Sonic set is gonna be huge – she shares the bill that night with J-Hus, Stormzy, Kano, Kurupt, Novelist, Bugzy Malone, Section Boyz and more.
The Rabbit Hole, Friday, 4:15pm
Crows Nest, Saturday, 4:30pm
Croissant Neuf, Sunday, 4pm
Who: Ed Nash from Bombay Bicycle Club strikes out on his own. The results, so far, have been impressive: a bunch of fearsome tracks that suggest he could take this solo malarkey a long way.
Wow!, Thursday, 10pm
Who: Mura Masa’s Facebook page description sums him up pretty perfectly: “20-year-old beat slayer heart breaker producer singer writer lover”
Gully, Saturday, 6:30pm
Who: The north Londoner is at the forefront of the UK reggae scene.
Croissant Neuf Bandstand, Thursday, 1pm
Who: Newcomer Charlotte writes fantastically skewiff piano songs.
Pussy Parlore, Friday, 9:10pm
Who: She may still be best-known for being Neneh Cherry’s daughter, but Mabel’s songs stand tall above the hype. Check out last year’s ace debut single ‘Know Me Better’:
William’s Green, Friday, 6pm
Who: The Norway indie act evoke the more anthemic side of Coldplay, Arcade Fire and Bon Iver.
Gorilla Bar, Sunday (aka Monday morning), 1am
Who: This lot feature Saul and Jack from Fat White Family and Ben from Childhood. They’re a last minute addition after strong-arming their way onto the Gorilla bill. You can’t miss them.
The Other Stage, Friday, 12:30pm
Who: Stockport indie kids Blossoms look poised to ‘do a Catfish’ this year.
William’s Green, Saturday, 3pm
Who: The Welsh songwriter used to front cult indie kids Race Horses, and has just released a fine solo album called ‘2013’. Read our interview with him.
West Holts Stage, Sunday, 2pm
Who: Much-hyped nu-jazzer Kamasi is the man behind the music on Kendrick Lamar’s recent output. Expect something incredible.
The Rumshack, Saturday, Midnight
Who: Eska Mtungwazi is one of the UK’s most eclectic new singers.
Car Seat Headrest
The Park Stage, Saturday, 11am
Who: Lo-fi and fearless the same way Beck was when he started out, Will Toledo is one of 2016’s most exciting and brash newcomers.
The Other Stage, Saturday, 11am
Who: The London trio released their debut album on Matador earlier in the year.
William’s Green, Sunday, 6pm
Who: This lot have supported Circa Waves and The Wombats on tour in recent months.
The Park Stage, Friday, Midday
Who: Another former winner of the Emerging Talent competition at Glasto, Declan’s brilliant track ‘Brazil’ – recently performed live on Conan O’Brien in the US – is a football-related anthem you can believe in.
William’s Green, Friday, 4pm
Who: One of the most chaotic and unpredictable UK bands to emerge over the past few years. Jason Pierce from Spiritualized is reportedly a fan.
John Peel Stage, Friday, 2:10pm
Who: Heir to Jamie T’s grot-rock crown.
William’s Green, Saturday, 4pm
Who: Mainman Oli Bayston is also one of the UK’s most in-demand producers.
John Peel Stage, Saturday, 3:10pm
Who: New on XL Recordings, Lapsley’s album has been likened to sounding like a cross between Adele and FKA Twigs.
Greenpeace Stage, Saturday, 3:50pm
Who: Frontman Jack Jones hooked up with Peter Doherty recently, providing spoken word poetry as an opening act on the Libertine’s recent solo tour of the UK. Here though, he returns to his main musical project – skuzzy rock’n’roll with Trampolene.
Wow!, Thursday, Midnight
The Rabbit Hole, Friday, 10pm
Who: South London brothers Will and Matt Ritson write Bowie-influenced funk, and it’s highly addictive. Perfect Glastonbury boogie-fare.
William’s Green, Sunday, 4pm
Who: The hype’s been building for Londoner Pixx for a while now – she’s on 4AD and latest track ‘Baboo’ is a woozy mini-masterpiece.
The Park Stage, Sunday, 2pm
Who: Since forming a couple of years ago, Madrid fourpiece Hinds have become festival staples.
William’s Green, Friday, Midday
Who: Newly signed to Transgressive Records, Blaenavon have been in the studio recently with one-time Arctic Monkeys producer Jim Abiss.
The Other Stage, Sunday, Midday
Who: The pop newcomer releases her debut album ‘Nothing’s Real’ next month
William’s Green, Saturday, 6pm
Who: This London duo have released a couple of excellent albums on 1965 Recordings.
Sonic, Friday, 2:15pm
Who: More grime in the shape of J-Hus, who’s playing Sonic as part of an immense bill this year.
William’s Green, Friday, 5pm
Who: Vant are one of London’s fastest rising indie acts.
The Park Stage, Friday, 2:15pm
Pussy Parlore, Friday, 10:05pm
Who: The rising soul singer was recently NME’s New Artist Of The Week.
William’s Green, Sunday, 5pm
Who: Another act playing the William’s Green tent, Georgia Barnes’ self-titled 2015 album was an eclectic beast that fused insane rhythms with leftfield pop.
Glade, Friday, 4:25pm
Pussy Parlore, Sunday, 6:45pm
Who: The Canadian indie act are on a rare tour of the UK – expect beatific harmonies galore.
The Big Moon
The Rabbit Hole, Sunday, 7pm
William’s Green, Saturday, 2pm
Who: London rockers The Big Moon feel like a gang worth believing in – they’ve had an impressive run of singles, with a debut album due out later in the year.
William’s Green, Sunday, Midday
Who: One of many up’n’coming indie acts playing the William’s Green stage over the weekend is Wichita signing Oscar.
Gully, Sunday, 2:30pm
Who: A could-be hip hop heavyweight from London.