There’s less than fifty days until Glastonbury 2013, and I for one am starting to feel the buzz. As the Festival always has its fair share of NME buyers and new music obsessives we’ve decided to cherry pick our top five un-missable acts appearing at Worthy Farm this summer – so you’ll be able to proudly boast, “I was there when Palma Violets destroyed The Park Stage!” It’s a ridiculously exciting prospect, I know.
Toy – John Peel Stage.
If Joy Division or The Horrors are your bag then this is one for you… be sure to wear the most psychedelic shirt in your wardrobe (or suitcase of screwed up damp clothes), and be prepared for some top notch flailing around because Toy are all about the sinister basslines and dramatic vocals… after all, during our interview with frontman Tom Dougall, he conjured up their sound with one word… ‘Miasma’ dictionary definition – a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
Expect to see: Brian Jones haircuts and skinny jeans.
Peace – John Peel Stage.
The trajectory of the Peace has been well documented over the past few months, with an NME cover and a sold out tour behind them, the Brummie lads have the knack to deliver scorching indie barnstormers as well as swooshing ballads of loneliness and love. So climb aboard the nostalgia fuelled party bus, Peace are going to be huge; even if you don’t know the songs there’s a heavy dose of ‘dadada’ choruses, which even the drunkest of drunks can manage to bellow out, so there’s no excuse not to show up!
Expect to see: double denim and sparkly coats.
Palma Violets – The Park Stage.
Sorry, but Lambeth’s answer to The Libertines were always going to get a mention on this list. If Palma Violets were in the musical dictionary, associated words would be urgency, spontaneity and damn right fuckery. Having built up a heavy reputation for crowd-surfing, stage invasions and disco lights, these guys are so whack that even their merch-guy Harry Violent is a star in his own right… I’ll see you down the front for this one yeah?
Expect to see: ciders arcing overhead and teenagers thrashing out.
The Strypes – John Peel Stage.
Who gives a shit if the oldest member is only 16? These well dressed young guns have appeared on Later With Jools Holland and even won themselves fans in Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher… you could say earning their stripes. Many have said that their blues inspired covers are a breath of fresh air in the industry and that’s not to mention cool as fuck. I firmly believe that The Strypes carry the Glastonbury spirit… it’s all about diversity!
Expect to see: Ray Bans and jiving.
AlunaGeorge – Silver Hayes.
AlunaGeorge deserve everyone’s attention just for putting out one of the ultimate dance tracks of the year alongside Disclosure… yup, there’s some real talent on offer here. Everything about these guys screams sunshine and festivals. Dead sharp feverish beats and well synced vocals… I’ll be paying my first ever visit to the newly renamed Dance Village, Silver Hayes for this set. Hype hype and more hype.
Expect to see: an off the chain dance set.