Have you started packing for Glastonbury yet? As well as a sleeping bag, wellies and a bag of Pepparami and bananas, you need to make that all-important road trip playlist. You’re making your way to what will probably be the greatest weekend of your summer, you can taste the adrenaline in your mouth, you can’t wait to put your tent up and head into the mayhem… you’re going to need a suitable soundtrack for the motorway excitement and then the quiet leafy Somerset winding roads as you creep towards Worthy Farm. We’ve asked loads of our favourite artists for some suggestions and added some of our own favourite 2014 bangers that you can listen to in a Spotify playlist below.
Some old ska music. That always gets me in the mood. When Glasto started in the 80s it was still a very Bristol based festival, and they had something called the Blues Tent, which was where you’d go in, it’d be very dark and there’d be a huge sound system playing very loud, bass-y dub music and a guy in the corner with a big pile of Red Stripe, which they sold for £1 a can. You bought a can and shuffled around in the dark with a bunch of guys, and you could do that 24/7, so I’d have some dub on my playlist. I’d bring that tent back if I could.
Georges Vert’s new record [2013’s ‘An Electric Mind’]. He’s the guy from Ghost Box Records. Its really synth-y, disco instrumentals. I think it’d get us all in the mood.
Cate Le Bon
The last time or second-to-last time we played, we were driving back late at night and stopped off at WH Smiths, and as a joke, I bought that Black Eyed Peas album, ‘The End’. We listened to it on the way from Glastonbury back to London, and by the end of it we were all like, ‘Hang on, this is actually pretty good.’ So maybe, just in the spirit of reliving that particular trip, we’ll be listening to ‘I Gotta Feeling’ again.
Joe Mount, Metronomy
Hmmm, I don’t know. Any new record that I get I usually end up wearing it out, so I’ll probably be listening to Lily. I love Ryan Adams and Patty Griffin, but I listen to a lot of old-skool country as well, like Glenn Campbell, Loretta Lynn and Marty Robins.
Probably something more chilled, maybe on the ambient side or the electronic side. I’m a really big admirer of Burial, so I listen to his albums a lot, especially when I travel.
Daniel Kessler, Interpol
The new Caribou song, ‘Can’t Do Without You’. Anything by them, 2010 onwards. And also good-time disco, courtesy of [Warpaint bassist] Jenny Lee Lindberg: Donna Summer, KC And The Sunshine Band. There’s always some kind of funk going on in the Warpaint tour bus.
Stella Mozgawa, Warpaint
‘Lost In The Dream’, the new War on Drugs album. It’s one of my favourite albums in years. What do I love about it? What don’t I love about it? It inspires me so much as a musician.
‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ by Kendrick Lamar…on repeat.
Beach House – I’m really feeling that at the moment. Warpaint… maybe we’ll jam to some Haim too.
All the bands that we want to see to get us in the mood! Jack White, all the Kasabian bangers, Brian Jonestown Massacre, MGMT, Fat White Family… not Lana Del Rey because that will make me sad. We’ll probably end up watching one of Theo’s weird box sets that he’s brought though. Last tour we ended up watching Bad Girls so we’ll probably be watching that.”
Ellie, Wolf Alice
Selda [Bağcan], the Turkish singer from the 70s – she’s starting to play again. If she’s not at Glastonbury this year, she should be there at future years. It’s all the people I talk about all the time – people we should be hearing more about, but don’t – people like Sir Victor Uwaifo. I would like Glastonbury to bring back some classics, because there are some very unrecognised people in this world who deserve to be at Glastonbury – artists like William Onyeabor, who has been recently revitalised.
Merrill Garbus, Tune-Yards