5 Must See Acts – Glastonbury 2017

#Festival Check out our ‘5 Must See Acts’ for Glastonbury 2017. 4 newbies + 1 classic

Glastonbury’s a big one. There is literally too much to choose from. Sure, you’ll be hitting the Pyramid, Other and West Holts stages to see the likes of Radiohead, Little Dragon, Toots & The Maytals, Wiley and the rest of BBK, Haim (we caught their secret set at Primavera and it was very, very good!) and Ata Kak. But what about the acts you’re maybe not that familiar with?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover the best up and coming acts on the bill plus one classic act who you may have missed. These are our ‘Must See Acts’ for Glastonbury 2017.

Josh Barry (@joshbarrymusic)

Yes, this is the same Josh Barry that wowed crowds on BGT back in 2010. He’s come a long way since then and was this year deservedly crowned winner of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. You’ll have not one but four opportunities to catch his soul-folk vibes and undeniable vocal talent.

Where: (1) The Rabbit Hole / (2) BBC Introducing / (3) John Peel Stage / (4) Greenpeace – Engine Room
Showtimes: (1) Thursday 22 June @ 23:15 / (2) Friday 23 June @ 17:30 / (3) Saturday 24 June @ 11:00 / (4) Saturday 24 June @ 14:00

Matt “Jam” Lamont (@MattJamLamont)

If Wiley is the grandfather of grime, then Matt “Jam” Lamont could be given the same title for UK Garage (alongside his partner in crime (Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown). He’ll be kicking off an absolute road block of a night on the Clash stage. You will definitely not want to miss this one.

Where: Clash
Showtimes: Friday 23 June @ 22:00

Young Yizzy (@Official_Yizzy)

We are BIG fans of this South London grime youngster and featured his track This Is Life on the blog last month. Expect brutally honest lyrics and equally tough beats.

Where: (1) The Blues / (2) The Rabbit Hole
Showtimes: (1) Saturday 24 June @ 14:00 / (2) Saturday 24 June @ 17:00

Keir (@soundofkeir)

“Er, WTF!?” (like in a shocked and totally good way) was pretty much our response when we first heard Keir’s live performance of ‘Squeeze Me’. It’s not only his range but the control he has over it that blew us away. There’s power in them lungs!

Where: BBC Introducing
Showtimes: Saturday 24 June @ 13:35

The Pale White (@thepalewhite)

We have to thank Drums Eat Everything again for putting us on to The Pale White. Their take on that infectious stripped back rock format is just spot on and we hear their live shows are pretty belting too.

Where: BBC Introducing
Showtimes: Sunday 25 June @ 16:15

Pack light, be safe, have fun. That’s all we have to say on the matter. Oh, and go and see all of the above acts.


Festival sounds (2011)

With Bestival marking the end of the festival season t’other week and summer dying long before, i thought I’d share my 2011 festival highlights with you.

It started for me at Glastonbury, a festival I’d always wanted to go to but never had much luck (or conviction) buying tickets for. Snapping up tickets by travelling from Taunton, nothing could stop me now. And it didn’t disappoint. I was impressed first of all by Metronomy whose lp The English Riveira has been a summer favourite. Everything Goes My Way set the tone for the rest of the day; we found ourselves wiling out to Wu Tang, on the periphery for the ever popular Beardyman, getting revived by Little Dragon (Swimming off their second lp standing out) and entranced by Radiohead, even if they didn’t play Feral.

On Saturday we indulged in proper pop: I’m unabashed to say Tinie Tempah was good. I was really happy about arriving at Gold Panda in time for Marriage – his lp Lucky Shiner has been on heavy rotation since it came out last year. Friendly Fires were typically energetic and the hula girls for Hawaiian Air made it the biggie of their set. James Blake was a little self-indulgent but the crowd came alive when he dropped his up-tempo stuff, cmyk smashing it as the kids might say.

Sundays highlights in a crabshell: Laura Marling (Rambling Man), Paul Simon (call me al), Jamie Woon (Spirals – so good) and of course Beyonce.

V Festival was a different beast altogether. I found myself enthralled by Bruno Mars and Example, digging Arctic Monkeys and avoiding all manner of acts, not least chipmunk for the second festival running. The controversial decision to miss Eminem paid off big time when we had a rumpus to Jaguar Skills.

Third and finally, we traded rock gods for chef gods at Jimmy’s Harvest Festival. Here, Jamie Oliver got a huge cheer, James Martin was electric and Gennaro Contaldo was my clear favourite. The food was immense and, er, The Feeling played.

A number of the tracks noted above can be found at the YouTube channel here.

So, what swept your hair off this summer?