I wrote a blog post yesterday about my handy tips and tricks to make your Glastonbury experience as incredible as humanly possible, and today it’s time to write about the most important part of the festival- the music. There are hundreds of stages at Glastonbury and thousands of hidden gems to discover across the weekend, but below are a list of those who I wouldn’t give a miss on the more main stages.
FRIDAY 24TH JUNE 2016
James- The Other Stage, 11:00. Kicking off the festival in true Glastonbury style is the one and only James. I wouldn’t miss James as what could possibly be better than hearing classics like “Laid”, “She’s a Star” and, of course, “Sit Down” live? The set comes shortly after the release of “Girl at the End of the World”, so expect some new songs too.
Blossoms- The Other Stage, 12:30. Blossoms are the epitome of exciting, new, up and coming music. They’re not only incredible live, but their pre released material is brilliant. From “Charlemagne” to “Getaway”, this could be Blossom’s big break and I’m sure it’s a set we’ll all be talking about for months, if not years, to come. Catch them now before the release of their debut album in August.
Skepta- The Pyramid Stage, 13:45. Michael Eavis doesn’t get it. Grime is a huge up and coming genre in British music and this is a huge opportunity to see the genre get its big break and the recognition it deserves. I’m sure he’ll “shut down” the Pyramid Stage.
Two Door Cinema Club- The Pyramid Stage, 15:00. The Northern Irish lads are back. and better than ever with their comeback single “Are We Ready? (Wreck)”. This will one of the first times they’ve showcased new music since they’ve been back and I’m sure they’ll be able to cleverly intertwine new songs with the well loved, fun, sun-kissed indie rock tunes, such as “What You Know”, “Something Good Can Work” and “Undercover Martyn”. They’re not to be missed.
Jess Glynne- The Pyramid Stage, 16:30. Jess Glynne constantly produces hit after hit. She has recently announced huge dates, like one at the O2 Area and it definitely is her time to shine. She’s entertaining, has an incredible voice and poppy and catchy songs, such as “Take Me Home” and “Hold My Hand”. She also has two Clean Bandit songs up her belt, “Real Love” and “Rather Be”, which she will most likely dazzle Worthy Farm with.
Jack Garratt- The John Peel Stage, 18:10. The John Peel Stage has an incredible atmosphere, always. I can only imagine the vibe when Jack Garratt plays to be buzzing and almost electric. He’s infectiously lovely and bubbly, plays alllllll the instruments (on his own, which is entertaining) and he has the title of the Brits “Critics Choice Award” already under his belt.
Foals- The Pyramid Stage, 20:00. Foals are fantastic live band. They manage to encapsulate audiences and prove popular among many. They’re co-headlining this year’s Reading and Leeds festival and it won’t be long before they’re headlining Glastonbury! Catch them whilst you can.
Bastille- The Other Stage, 20:40. If Foals aren’t your thing there’s always Bastille. Bastille are finally back with new music and I can’t wait to hear it played live. I think it’ll be interesting to finally hear them with new music, but also, like always, great to hear them play the hits, such as “Pompeii” and “Things We Lost In The Fire”.
Muse- Headlining the Pyramid Stage, 22:15. I’ve never seen Muse play live before, but from what I gather they’re something pretty huge. With huge visuals and wonderful displays, as well as a brilliant new album- “Drones”- they’re worthy of headlining the festival. Although drones are actually banned from the farm, I’m sure Muse will find other ways to dazzle the Pilton punters.
SATURDAY 25TH JUNE 2016
The Big Moon- William’s Green, 14:00. I saw The Big Moon not so long ago supporting The Maccabees. They were brilliant then and have since released quite successful songs, such as “Cupid”. Their songs are current and well suited to Glastonbury. The all girl quartet will undoubtedly amaze at their debut Glasto set.
Wolf Alice- The Pyramid Stage, 15:00. No, I won’t ever stop telling you all how amazing Wolf Alice are. It’s been a year since “My Love Is Cool” came out and they’re a firm favourite on the farm. I look forward to seeing all the set entails and hope it’s as crazy and brilliant as ever.
Madness- The Pyramid Stage, 16:30. If you haven’t already had your quota of brilliant older acts by now, then there’s always Madness’ Pyramid Stage set. Madness are a band loved by all. Some child the other day was gushing to me over them and then so was my dad. It’s amazing how a bad can appeal to so many generations. Their songs are instantly recognisable and undeniably fun. It just has to be done!
Tom Odell- The Other Stage, 17:45. Tom Odell is an artist who I’ve wanted to see for years. He comes to Worthy Farm with a new album, “Wrong Crowd”, a new style and a voice stronger than ever. I simply cannot wait to see him!
The 1975- The Other Stage, 19:15. You never quite know what you’re going to get with The 1975. On the one hand you could luckily get a huge and successful set, with Matty Healy (lead singer) on top form, or… erm… you could get one quite the opposite. I’m excited nonetheless as I think The 1975 will thrive in this sort of environment, providing Healy doesn’t show himself up again.
Tame Impala- The Pyramid Stage, 20:00. TAME IMPALA ARE INCREDIBLE. Their latest album, “Currents”, was hugely popular and successful. I can’t wait to hear them live. The Australian band reportedly put on incredible live sets and I can’t wait to witness one for myself.
Adele- Headlining the Pyramid Stage, 22:15. I’m whole heartedly prepared for Adele to steal the whole show. I imagine a highly emotional, hit fuelled set. Whether you admit to it being fabulous or not, I’m sure it will be one to be remembered for many Glastonbury’s to come.
Phillip Grass’ Heroes Symphony- The Park Stage, 23:45. The ultimate David Bowie tribute is set to take place late on Saturday night. There’s a huge light display and a symphony taking place playing David Bowie songs. I expect it to be highly emotional and utterly brilliant and moving. It’s just one of the many Bowie tributes happening over the weekend.
SUNDAY 26TH JUNE 2016
Mystery Jets- John Peel Stage, 14:30. Mystery Jets are set to bring their indie rock vibe to the John Peel Stage early Sunday afternoon. They’re easy to listen to after a long night and get you in the mood for a busy day ahead.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO- Legends slot on The Pyramid Stage, 16:00. I won’t blame you if you sit through the whole set just to hear 6 minutes of Mr Blue Sky, it’ll be worth it.
Years & Years- The Other Stage, 16:50. Having triumphantly graduated from the John Peel Stage last year, it’s easy to see how they can pull in crowds to rival ELO. This slot is particularly tricky to fill, but I’m sure they’ll ace it with dancers and confetti (if Radio One’s Big Weekend was anything to go by).
Catfish and the Bottlemen- The Other Stage, 18:20. Catfish played the most incredible set last year and I can’t wait to see how this one compares. This year they have a new, number 1 record under their belt and plenty of new fans.
Coldplay- Headlining the Pyramid Stage, 21:30. Coldplay will headline the festival for the forth time this year. Off the back of a huge UK stadium tour and a successful new album, they’re sure to impress.
These are just a handful of suggestions of things you can watch over the weekend, of course there are many more on other stages to see over the weekend, but these are my picks.