24 Jun 2014

Glastonbury Preview..

Glastonbury Festival is the one of the most globally recognised music festivals. Every year, 175,000 teens, adults and families descend onto Worthy Farm for five days of music mayhem. This year marks 44 years since the festival began, and it has one of the most varied and controversial line-ups to date. With a matter of hours until the gates open, we look at the line-up for the legendary festival and make our predictions on who will rock Glastonbury 2014.

1. The Headliners
Whether you are a big fan of the headline acts or not, the atmosphere created within the crowd in the shadow of the majestic Pyramid Stage is one that should be experienced by everyone at least once in their lifetime. 
Friday night at Glasto will be home to a brilliant electric light show paired with the phenomenal band, Arcade Fire. Fresh off of a massive run on sold out shows all around the globe to play latest album Reflektor, Arcade Fire promise to capture their audiences with their extensive discography of catchy both dance and indie rock songs that will make the crowd go mental. 
Saturday night headliners Metallica are probably the most controversial headliners that this festival has ever played host to. The news was met with a variety of responses, some being grateful that this iconic festival finally has a metal headliner, but the majority seeming disappointed that they chose the American band to top the bill on the main night. We will just have to see whether they have what it takes to impress the massive Glasto crowd. 
Sunday night will host one of my current favourite bands -Kasabian. Their new album 48:13 has been greeted with a excellent reception and in a recent interview with NME the band said they "want their Glasto mosh pit to be able to be seen from outer space." They promise funky dance tracks like new single Eez-Eh mixed with classic rock anthems such as Fire. This is the set I am most excited to see, this band are huge at the moment and they have the potential to be the best act of the weekend. 

2.The Rest of the Pyramid Stage
The iconic stage is playing host to a huge range of bands from all ends of the music spectrum this year. From Dolly Parton to Jack White to The 1975 to Lily Allen, nearly every genre of music is covered over the three days. My top three bands that will own the Pyramid Stage are Lana Del Rey, Elbow and The Black Keys. 
Lana Dey Rey is riding on the wave of success that her new album 'Ultraviolence' has created, and rightly so. The second studio album for the American pop-princess, is stylised and sassy with just the right amount of sultry, forming the perfect ever-so-lana mix of excellence. 
Elbow are simply one of the most crowd pleasing bands I have had the pleasure to see live, and I have no doubts at all that the phenomenal feel-good anthem, One Day Like This, will get all 175,000 people crammed into Worthy Farm singing along. 
The Black Keys' new album is a fresh spin on their established genre of indie rock while encorperating the electronic feel that this band do so well. Preparing for a summer full of festivals including a headline slot at Latitude Festival. the new singles Fever and Turn Blue as well as classics such as Lonely Boy are guaranteed to get the crowd on their feet and dancing.

3. The Other Stage
Once again displaying the massive variety of artists performing at Glasto this year, the line-up boasts old classics like Blondie, Pixies and Manic Street Preachers as well as much more recent acts such as Haim, Bombay Bicycle Club, Circa Waves and Jake Bugg. My top three to see are:
The Horrors: Always such a fantastically crowd pleasing act, the band fresh off the success of their newest album 'Luminous' promise the perfect combination of easy listening tracks mixed with super synths and 10 minute jam sessions, all topped off with skinny jeans and good hair. The Horrors are a must see anyway, but put in the phenomenal setting of the Other Stage, they must not be missed.
Blondie: I was lucky enough to see Blondie last year, and at the almost unbelievable age of 67, she strutted on to the opening bars of One Way or Another still as iconic as she has always been. One of the best live performers I have ever seen, Debbie Harry and her band of brilliantly talented individuals are one act I would recommend to anyone of any age. The setlist will be littered with the classics, with the exception of a few of the new tracks including A Rose By Any Name, I would definitely not miss this band.
HAIM: Coming straight from their double support slot with Kings of Leon this weekend, the three sisters are set to make their Other Stage debut. Their debut album 'Days Are Gone' was named as one of the soundtracks to last summer, and they have definitely not let that go. Playing a huge variety of other festivals all around the world, HAIM are a band who I have been lucky enough to see, and are counted as one of the greatest gigs I have ever been to. The energy that these girls bring to the stage will make you want to sing, dance, get onstage and just have the best time ever. The perfect festival band, make sure to get along and see this incredibly talented trio do their thing.

4.The Remaining Acts
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
San Francisco's legendary psychedelic titans, The Brian Jonestown Massacre are one of the most exciting bands on the line up. Fronted by the shamanic genius of Anton Newcombe, the world's premier cult band look to be playing tracks from their fantastic new album Revelation, as well as some more of the greatest songs ever penned.
The sassy electronic atmospherics of FURS is the most exciting thing going on on the BBC introducing stage. Lots of people will remember them, when they supported San Cisco on a few of their UK dates.
Julian Cope
After finding fame with The Teardrop Explodes in the early eighties, Julian Cope went on to forge an awe-inspiring solo career, where he made some of the most innovative pop, psychedic, stoner rock, doom metal and krautrock inspired music of his generation. As the only man on the planet more versatile than David Bowie he then preceded to be an author, a cultural commentator and a critic. Now, on the Glastonbury Open University stage, he reads from his thrilling debut novel. A must.
Whilst he's left his midnight runners at home, Kevin Rowland looks to fly the flag for the better parts of 80's pop.They're playing the acoustic tent and look to whip out such classics as Geno and Come on Eileen.
Billy Bragg
He plays literally every year, on the Leftfield stage. And to the great man's credit, he's always an exciting prospect. Definitely one of the safer singers to see over the weekend.
Courtney Barnett
The John Peel stage without fail is the stage with the best line up, so on a day that MGMT, Royal Blood and the Fat White Family are playing it, it's quite difficult for a solo artist to be objectively the best artist playing. But in camparison to the writer of such masterpieces as Avant Gardener, Courtney Barnett, none of these bands compare remotely, she's a true original that it's almost essential to see. She also plays on the Park Stage, on Friday.

Overall, no matter how controversial or bizarre the line-up is, everybody knows that Glasto is the mother of all festivals, and promises an incredible weekend full of music, arts and everything amazing. I'm painfully jealous of anyone who managed to bag themselves a ticket, and hope you all think of me who shall be crying while watching all the sets from the dull setting of my living room on my tv. Sigh..

-Written by Poppy Marriott (with help from Cal)