26 Jun 2014

Glastonbury day preview - Friday (Part 1 of 3)

Glastonbury is well and truly under way, and whilst there are a few bands here and there, tomorrow's when everything really kicks off. Here are some of the most important bands to see on Friday at Worthy Farm,... And most of them are easy enough to stream from the comfort of your sofa, so it may or may not be worth paying attention.

Top pick: The War On Drugs (12.30, Pyramid Stage)

Adam Granduciel's Philadelphia-based War On Drugs are the pick of the day; fresh off the hugely successful Lost in the Dream, they take to the stage to play material from their beautiful, brooding album just after lunch. The frontman's Dylan-esque vocals, and the band's fantastic sprawling songs make The War On Drugs the most essential band to see on Friday. Watch out for performances of the stunning Under the Pressure and An Ocean in Between the Waves in waves entirety.

Parquet Courts (18.30, The Park Stage)
Pirchfork's favourite band are NYC's Parquet Courts. After churning out another great album, Sunbather Animal, they're looking to air it during their Worthy Farm slot; a rare UK appearance. With their blend of The Strokes and Husker Du, they're looking to get the crowd going on The Park stage Friday.

Courtney Barnett (14.30, The Park Stage)
Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is renowned for her low-key, bleak lyrics and her gorgeous voice. But you have to see her, because she sounds so much heavier live, and so much better. There are a few well-renowned female solo artists on the bill (Lana Del Rey, Blondie (well, sort of)) but Courtney is much more talented than any of them. She's a must see. (but if you miss her she plays the John Peel Stage on Saturday)

Drenge (14.00, John Peel Stage)
Drenge have enjoyed one hell of a year. Their ugly, heavy two piece rock has earned them many fans from all around, and this is the opportune place to exhibit some of the bluesy thrash that saw the Loveless brothers get so many plaudits. They've got a 40 minute slot, so they should probably play between 21 and 23 songs if they get their heads down.

Arcade Fire (22.00, Pyramid Stage)
The thing stopping the all-conquering Canadians from being my top pick is probably their last album. And I mean no disrespect to it, Reflektor was one of last year's high points. But in context, is Here Comes the Night Time really a song that can work to a crowd of 80,000? I imagine not. Mind you, the thought of Black Mirror played to a huge audience is enough to give anyone goosebumps. They're definitely the best headliner of the three.

temples bandTemples (15.00, John Peel Stage)
Kettering's psych-poppers Temples are one of the most talented and most polite bands on the UK indie scene at the moment. Fronted by the glittery James Bagshaw, Temples' Byrds-style psychedelia looks to either beautifully compliment great weather, or offer salvation like a roaring fire to those getting out of the rain. As long as their set is easy to stream, either will do me.

Julian Cope (12.30, The Glastonbury Open University Stage)
For me, Julian Cope is the single most versatile man in music. At the moment he continues his romping career as a solo artist, a member of the noise-rock "stoopergroup" Brain Donor, an archaeologist, and an invaluable cultural commentator. But now he's debuting a novel, One Three One, and it's something I can't wait to read. At Glasto he looks to read a bit from his novel, and it's looking to be one of the most interesting acts of the weekend.

(by Calum Cashin)