For those lucky enough to bag tickets to this year’s pre-furlough year Glastonbury Festival, there was a ticking clock until the end of May, when the majority of stage times are usually released each year. So while we may all have known the big and small names that would be appearing, deciding exactly who to see on each day begins now. And boy are there some major clashes!
Those familiar with the festival site will appreciate just how large-scale it is. Boasting over 100 stages, it takes a good while to travel between them and find a spot to watch the action from. So if you want to catch Lorde who finishes at 21:45 on the Other Stage but also plan on seeing Radiohead who kick off at 21:30 over on the Pyramid Stage …. good luck!
Generally, the best plan is to find a double or triple run of acts you want to see on a single stage but also be prepared to throw any plans you have out the door as the inevitable secret acts are announced or you happen to find yourself randomly in front of some kick-ass music that you’d otherwise have to tear yourself away from.
Halsey on Other vs. Royal Blood on Pyramid. I mean sure, these are very different kinds of music, but that’s the beauty of Glastonbury. With both acts releasing sophomore albums this summer, it’s a shame to have to choose.
Lorde on Other vs. The XX / Radiohead on Pyramid vs. Future Islands on John Peel. Lorde, one of the world’s biggest pop stars, will be releasing her sophomore album this summer after hitting big with Pure Heroine in 2013 and going on to front a song with the actual Nirvana during the band’s induction ceremony at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. But how does that compete with massive trio The XX who just sold out seven consecutive shows at the 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy? Do we even begin talking about Radiohead?
Foo Fighters on Pyramid vs. Alt-J on Other vs. Phoenix on John Peel vs. The Jacksons on West Holts. Now this has to have been the toughest (or bravest!) bit of scheduling of the whole weekend. Having seen all of these bands many times (The Jacksons only once), I can safely say whichever one you end up catching during the Saturday night headline slot will be a true treat. I know where I will be!
Biffy Clyro on Pyramid vs. London Grammar on John Peel. I mean, c’mon guys! Both of these acts were on my “must see” list, but I guess scheduling some of these annoying clashes means that the audiences for both are somewhat controlled.
Haim on Other vs. Keifer Sutherland on Avalon. One of the breakthrough acts of 2013, the sister trio of pop-rockers return this year with their second album but annoyingly clash with Hollywood legend Keifer Sutherland’s bout on the folky Avalon stage, the actor breaking out with amazing debut Country album Down In A hole last year. How can anyone miss this performance?
Some great new acts have also been added to the line-up with London quartet Pumarosa hitting up Williams Green on Thursday and the fabulous London popstress Dua Lipa returning to the John Peel stage on Friday.
Gabrielle Aplin opens up The Other Stage and American folksters Joseph open the Acoustic tent on Saturday while London rockers Inheaven head to The John Peel and the fabulous sister duo Ward Thomas move their British Country tunes up the ranks of the Acoustic on Sunday.
And that’s just scratching the surface as there simply is far too much going on for any one person to see and experience in a single weekend.
A full listing for 77 of the 100+ stages is now up with timings over at the Glastonbury Festival site.
Now, let’s look at those long-range weather predictions again …