The Guide #145: The artists who left their mark on Glastonbury, from Charli XCX to Yard Act | Culture

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Fri June 28, 2024 7:10 a.m. EDT

Hello from Glastonbury! Today’s newsletter comes to you from a little cabin perched behind the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm, where this year’s festival is slowly getting off to a slow start.

It’s a curious year for Glastonbury, which must compete for attention not only with the Euro, but also with the slow-motion car crash that watches Britain’s general election between its fingers. Yet as the world’s biggest and best music festival, Glasto still deserves your attention, and this year’s lineup is jam-packed with big names, exciting new artists, and a surprising number of Hollywood stars: Florence Pugh, Paul Mescal and Tilda. Swinton is among those hosting Q&As at the festival’s famous Pilton Palais cinema. And Russell Crowe, taking a break from his exorcism, brings his Indoor Garden Party to the Acoustic stage (Saturday at 6:30 p.m.).

As always, the Guardian will provide comprehensive coverage of the festival. In fact, we’re already there: here’s a report on the grand opening, here’s a guide to who to catch, here’s interviews with The Last Dinner Party, Mike Skinner of The Streets, Tanzanian artists the Zawose Queens, and the wonderfully nicknamed DJ Fish56Octagon, and here is a rather beautiful illustrated ode to Glasto by designer Edith Pritchett. And head to the Guardian website all weekend for news, reviews, features and our always-bustling live blog, which should start right now. Then on Monday there will be the annual festival summary in the G2 supplement, with interviews, reviews and much more.

Of course, Glastonbury is as much a festival for those watching on the sofa as it is for those watching on the farm itself (and getting bitten by all sorts of nasty little things in the process – I speak from bitter, bitter experience here). As ever, the BBC is providing extensive coverage of the main stages on TV and iPlayer – and for the first time, international audiences can also live stream Pyramid, Dua Lipa (Friday 10pm) and Coldplay (Saturday 9.45pm) headliners. There’s so much to sift through that you might not know where to start. So to help you out, we asked some of this year’s artists to share the act they’re most looking forward to seeing at this year’s festival…


Paul Heaton

The Housemartins and The Beautiful South balladeer

My recommendation would be Soft play area. They are on display Sunday at 1:45 p.m. on the Other Stage. I love them, especially the song Punk’s Dead and they have a new song called Act Violently. They’re just one of those bands that have so much energy that I think they’re worth seeing, especially if you’re a little hungover – they’ll definitely wake you up because they’re very, very lively. I think this is a good Sunday afternoon band that you just have to get out of bed to watch.

Paul plays on the Pyramide stage, Friday at 4:15 p.m.


Nia’s Archives

Exciting drum’n’bass and jungle revivalist

Charli XCX on the other stage at Glastonbury in 2017. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty

Brat Summer 2024 is confirmed and I can’t wait to see Charli XCX (DJ set, Levels, Friday, 12:30 a.m.). She’s a party girl and real junglist energy, and I can’t wait to get out and jump in a field – back to my favorite place on earth: Glastonbury!

Nia plays West Holts at 8pm, Sunday


Maisie Adam

Exuberant Yorkshire Comic Strip

If, like me, you’re still frantically rearranging your Friday night itinerary, struggling with the fact that you can’t be in two places at once and therefore have to choose between seeing either Fontaines DC on the Park stage or Idles on the other stage, rest assured that there will be a conflict-free opportunity for post-punk perfection the following day. Leeds band Law on construction sites The band members rocked the Woodsies tent with their boundless energy and brilliant lyrics at a very wise 7:30pm. If you haven’t heard their song Fixer Upper yet, put it in your ears. I can only dream of writing something this funny.

Maisie performs on the Cabaret Stage, 2:05 p.m. Saturday And 4:10 p.m. Sunday


High visibility

Brash hardcore punks from London via Merseyside

I’m excited to see Ball joint (11:30) who we share the stage with The Woodsies. I fully appreciate their uncompromising approach and can’t wait to see them live for the first time. Throughout the festival it’s great to see so many established people who have built their world from scratch, like Sports Banger, Hak Baker, Mannequin Pussy, Ell Murphy, Eliza Rose and Nia Archives.

High Vis Play Woodsies, 12:45 p.m., Saturday


Elisa Rose

Chart-topping house DJ and singer

I’m really looking forward to seeing my friend’s band, Jeanie and the White Boys. They are quite new and have only done a few gigs in East London. But Jeanie Crystal, the lead singer, gives X-Ray Spex a vibe that’s part rock ‘n’ roll, part Eartha Kitt. It’s real rock’n’roll with a bit of punk, and she’s simply fabulous, her energy is dazzling! It’s like looking at a little ball of fire, you just want to go on stage with it! They’re playing in Strummerville Saturday night (6 p.m.) – a little hidden stage that I love because there are lots of amazing musicians playing up there. »

Eliza plays Genosys, midnight, ThursdayAnd Lonely Hearts Club, 8:30 p.m., Friday

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