10 New Bands You Need To See At Glastonbury 2015

It’s one thing being able to say “I was there!” after a legend-making performance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. Being able to say “Oh yeah? Well I saw them on the West Holts two years ago in front of 20 people”, let’s face it, comes with even greater indie kudos. Which is why you won’t want to miss the following acts this year at Glastonbury before they blow up and are catapulted into the Worthy Farm big time…



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Hinds: The Spanish four-piece have transformed into a captivating live proposition since their early gigs this time last year, supporting everyone from The Libertines and The Vaccines to their spiritual heroes Black Lips. Provided everything goes well for them, theirs will probably be one of the most fun sets of the whole weekend. Catch them at: John Peel, Friday, midday

2The Districts

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The Districts: The Fat Possum act’s latest album ‘A Flourish And A Spoil’ is one of 2015’s underappreciated gems, stuffed full of gritty indie nuggets. Singer Rob Grote has a voice that’s tailor-made for huge festival tents like the John Peel Stage, while tracks like ‘Funeral Beds’ sound suitably anthemic to match his blustery delivery. Catch them at: John Peel, Friday, 3pm

3Benjamin Booker

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Benjamin Booker: The Rough Trade signee is cut from the same cloth as Jack White and The Black Keys, specialising in ferocious garage riffs and howled vocals. Last year’s self-titled debut album was up there with the best of them. Catch him at: The Park Stage, Friday, 6:30pm

4Declan McKenna

Declan McKenna: The winner of Glastonbury's Emerging Talent competition, 16-year-old McKenna first came to our attention in February via his song ‘Brazil’, which comes on like Jake Bugg with a splash of Jamie T’s lyrical delivery, a track cannily updated to reference Sepp Blatter’s FIFA exit earlier this month. Catch him at: the Rabbit Hole, Thursday, 7pm

5Leon Bridges

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Leon Bridges: Smooth-voiced Texan Bridges was thrust him into the mainstream by some Soundcloud tracks last year. Not bad going for someone who hadn’t even thought of being a professional singer until about a year ago. His debut LP is out this month, so all eyes will be on whether he can put in a performance that’ll do the hype justice. Catch him at: John Peel, Friday, 2pm


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Weaves: Despite it being Toronto's Weaves’ first visit to these shores, they’ve wound up playing one of the biggest stages at the UK’s most important festival. Last year’s ace single ‘Motorcycle’ sounded like a long-lost X-Ray Spex classic, while new track ‘Tick’ is bouncy like early MGMT. Catch them at: John Peel, Friday, 11am

7Pretty Vicious

Pretty Vicious: The hotly-tipped Welsh teens were still playing in garages when some of the music industry’s most successful managers heard about them – and then started doorstepping them to try and get their signature. With a sound and aesthetic that frequently sees them compared to Oasis, Glasto should be the first big festival of many. Catch them at: BBC Introducing, Saturday, 7pm

8Loyle Carner

Loyle Carner: With deft, clever lyrics that are as personal and affecting as any we’ve heard in recent years, London rapper Loyle Carner wears his heart stylishly on his sleeve. Touching but never overbearing, his songs reference his turbulent family life, bringing to mind the more tender moments of Mike Skinner’s early Streets output. Catch him at: BBC Introducing, Friday, 3:15pm

9Hooton Tennis Club

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Hooton Tennis Club: The Wirral four piece have been working with former Coral man Bill Ryder Jones on their debut album, 'Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair', due out on August 28 via Heavenly. Think of them as the midpoint between Teenage Fanclub and Pavement – all blissfully distorted guitars and choruses to get lost in. Catch them at: William's Green, Friday, 15:30


Gengahr: With occasional nods to Blur and smatterings of early Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Gengahr are next in line to Peace, Swim Deep and Wolf Alice’s indie-oik throne. Debut album ‘A Dream Outside’ is an addictive, meticulously produced listen, while on the live stage they’re a more raucous affair. Catch them at: John Peel, Sunday, 11:40am