After taking a year off for something called The London Olympics, Worthy Farm is back this year for Glastonbury, and this year looks like one of the best line-ups yet (since the last one). Esquire has put together a guide of the acts you need to check out this year, whether you want an indie rock-a-long or an afternoon of neo-soul.
Likeable as Haim’s songs are — a breezy mix of west coast rock with vocal harmonies and a healthy injection of r'n'b funk thrown in for good measure — on stage the three sisters wield their instruments, audaciousness and stage banter like fierce weapons, making their live shows a definite must-see.
And big sister Este — who has no problem cutting hecklers down to size — has a gurning bass-face that deserves its own Tumblr.
Stage: The Park Stage
TYLER, THE CREATOR AND EARL SWEATSHIRT
Tyler, the de facto leader of amoral hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang (Kill Them All), has a dubious reputation, rapping about smoking PCP with Justin Bieber and dissing seven-year-old Suri Cruise. But his solo work stews on his own internal dilemmas, and his third album, this year’s Wolf, signified a point where he started working beyond his juvenile reputation.
He’s being joined on stage by Odd Future alumni Earl Sweatshirt and — since he’s going to be in the country — there’s every chance Frank Ocean will turn up, too.
Stage: John Peel Stage
Last year, after releasing his 11th studio album, Nas performed an intimate show in London when he could have sold out a stadium. Going through his back catalog (sampling the Eurhythmics and Phil Collins along the way), his blend of poetic retrospection, chart-friendly rapping and hip-hop roots made the notion of Nas performing at Glastonbury seem all the more plausible. And here he is.
Want to feel old? Settle, of the best albums released in 2013, was made by two guys born in 1991 and 1994 respectively. Disclosure’s music feels like a throwback to garage, electro, soul and pop all at once, while simultaneously feeling like it could only have been made in 2013. With guest vocals from Jesse Ware, Sam Smith, Eliza Doolittle and AlunaGeorge, their show is going to be pretty special.
While her sister performs at the Superbowl, is pally with the Obamas, and has created an empire with none other than Jay-Z, Solange Knowles likes to do things differently. From releasing singles on trendy New York indie labels to covering tracks by hipster favorites Dirty Projectors and Of Montreal, the 26-year-old’s set proves to be the perfect late-afternoon of neo-soul and r'n'b.
Stage: The Park Stage
THE 2 BEARS
Made up of Hot Chip’s Joel Goddard and house DJ Raf Rundell, The 2 Bears — who wear bear costumes as they perform, obviously — do dance/pop music that embraces rave culture, chart music and skewed samples.
2012’s album Be Strong is as much about throwing shapes as it is embracing love and unity, so what better place to see them than Glastonbury? It’s what the festival is like, all about, man.
Also performing with Girls Music on Saturday at the Stonebridge Bar from midnight
Dancing so vigorously that your knock-off Ray-Bans go flying in the mud is all well and good, but there’ll come a time at Glastonbury where you’ll want to dial things down a bit. Alabama Shakes have charmed critics with their smooth blend of deep-south soul, a suitable alternative to the healing fields.
Stage: Other Stage