In this week’s NME…
Are U2 a stroke of genius or a festering turd of a mistake? Will Beyonce booty shake her way into festival folklore? Will The Horrors be braving the mud with Tesco bags over their winkle pickers or slapping factor 50 over their palid skin?
Yup, Glasto fever hits NME this week, and to celebrate we’ve got 16 pages of festival overload to get you excited whether you’re going or staying home, including Katy B’s guide to having a banging time, Bobby G’s advice to Rastamouse, and Ricky from Kaiser Chief’s festival survival guide. “Don’t be civilized. Don’t eat. Don’t take acid.” How can you argue with the man?
But it’s not all Glasto this and Glasto that. Elsewhere in the issue Arcade Fire take us inside their brilliant new Spike Jonze-directed movie and build up for their huge Hyde Park shows next week, Damon Albarn reveals his brand new project, a wife-swapping opera (seriously), and Bombay Bicycle Club debut songs from their upcoming new album at Rock Ness.
As well as that we celebrate the return of the main man Lee Mavers and his influential band The La’s, announce the winner of our nationwide search to find Britain’s best small venue, and Lee from Brother upsets the space/time continuum by name-dropping Oscar Wilde.
Plus this week’s albums reviewed and rated, the week’s essential gig guide, the best new bands you have to hear and loads of other stuff that will banish the blues even if it pisses down all weekend.