Good news! The BBC are streaming more live music than ever before from Glastonbury this year. Sure, you may not be there but you get to do Glastonbury without getting trench-foot and the kitchen cupboard is stocked with Digestives and tea bags, so you might be the real winner? The only downside is that there’s so much on, it’s easy to get lost in the schedules. Which is why each day of the weekend, for those of you unable to make it to Worthy Farm in 2015, we’re bringing you a guide of how, what and when to watch. As well as their coverage across BBC2, BBC3 and 6Music, they’re streaming music from six of the main stages online, so there’s loads on offer. Here’s seven unmissable sets due to take place on Friday (June 26).
Alabama Shakes, 14:30 – 15:30, Pyramid Stage
Alabama Shakes are a band that just get better and better, and given the festival’s peacenik past, who wouldn’t want to witness Brittney Howard belting out their pacifist anthem ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’ from their smashing recent album Sound & Color? It’s incredible to imagine Howard is still only 25, when her voice should be coming from the world-weary body of someone three times her age. Speaking of which, Lemmy – at 69 years young – will be rocking the Pyramid Stage later on Friday evening with speed metal legends Motörhead.
Catfish and the Bottlemen, 15:00 – 1600, The Other Stage
You get the sense playing a spot at Glastonbury like this was probably one of the main motivations for Van McCann starting a band like Catfish and the Bottlemen. No doubt he’s already played it hundreds of times over in his head. In the past 12 months they’ve earned their shot, playing almost every small stage at every UK festival. You can bet, they won’t let this opportunity pass them by. Expect them to grab their moment with both hands and shake it until they have an entire field of people singing along to ‘Cocoon’.
Wolf Alice, 17:00 – 18:00, Park Stage
You’ll not want to miss recent NME cover stars Wolf Alice, who we insist are going to be massive. If you’ve not listened to ‘My Love Is Cool’ yet then head to the Park Stage and find out why. Taking a modest teatime slot between 5pm and 6pm, you’ll have to give Peace a miss on the John Peel Stage and leave half way through Jungle on the Other Stage to see Ellie Rowsell and the boys in full effect, but it’ll be worth it. Incidentally, guitarist Joff Oddie apparently has an uncle called Bill, so keep an eye out in the crowd for the bird twitcher of Goodies and Springwatch fame, and maybe we can confirm once and for all that they’re related.
Benjamin Booker, 18:30 – 19:30, Park Stage
If you’re one of those people looking to discover something new from Glastonbury (albeit still being able to sit on your sofa in your pajamas) you could do much worse than to tune in to watch Benjamin Booker. The songwriter, based in New Orleans, plays guitar like Jack White and sings like a howling preacher. He’s gone from never having played a gig three years ago, to one of the rawest live acts around.
Jamie xx, 21:30 – 22:30, Park Stage
Again up on the Park Stage is the incredible mind behind The xx. Earlier this year NME rated the producer’s debut album ‘In Colour’ as one of the best of 2015 so far – see the review. He’s supporting the release with only a select number of live dates, so expect this to be special, and don’t rule out guest appearances from his trusty bandmates.
Mark Ronson, 21:00 – 22:00, Other Stage
You might want to check out Mark Ronson on the Other Stage on Friday night taking the 9pm sundown slot, if only to see who he’s dragged along with him for the spectacle. The likelihood of ‘Uptown Funk’ vocalist Bruno Mars turning up is about as likely as the actual planet Mars colliding with earth over the weekend, but you can expect to see Boy George, Kevin ‘Tame Impala’ Parker and maybe Daniel Merriweather, who sang on Ronson’s version of ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’. Lily Allen also hasn’t confirmed, though you’ll almost certainly catch sight of her old man singing and taking his clothes off at some point during the weekend.
Florence + the Machine, 22:15 – 23:45, Pyramid Stage
There’ll be a massive Dave Grohl shaped hole on Friday at Glastonbury. You can bank on plucky Florence, though, stepping up to the plate as headliner, filling in admirably on the Pyramid Stage. Taking the top slot at Glastonbury may seem like a big responsibility, but Ms Welch and her trusty Machine took Bestival by storm headlining the Friday night slot three years ago. Her voice is so powerful, she could probably demolish an entire civilisation from 500 yards from a cowshed without a microphone if she so wished. So from the Pyramid Stage she’ll wow the masses with that formidable larynx for sure. And she’s always got ‘You’ve Got The Love’ to fall back on if any new material goes awry. Don’t miss.
Super Furry Animals, 23:00 – 00:15, Park Stage
It’s been six long years since Welsh wizards the Super Furry Animals put out an album proper, and their return this year was treated like that of the prodigal son of Jesus parable fame. Some of the assembled at their comeback show at Brixton Academy later attested to their performance being one of the best of all time, though the hyperbole and superlatives might have been down to the champignons magiques they’d consumed on the way in. Still, the Super Furries put on wonderful displays, and one time at Glasto someone famously drove the band’s own tank through the crowd whilst they were playing. Buckle up at the Park Stage, anything can happen!