It doesn’t matter if you have tickets already, are planning on battling it out for them in the April resale or if you have opted out this year. One thing is for certain, you will be watching the Glastonbury 2014 line up announcements with real interest. The festival never fails to deliver across the board, whether it be the line up, the atmosphere or the numerous other things going on, it is genuinely the most complete and amazing place to be that weekend.
Whilst plenty of people head to the Pilton site with very little intention of watching a single band, I on the other hand am completely drawn by the musical offerings.
Rumours have been bounding around since the end of last years festival with bands such as Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Prince, Kasabian and Bowie all whispered to headline but so far the only band confirmed for the top spot are Arcade Fire. So before we get the ‘big reveal’ here’s some of the acts we would like to see booked for this years festival.
The Atlanta duo have already been announced for Coachella and are rumoured to be playing a staggering 40 festivals around the world this summer. It’s no wonder they are in hot demand, Big Boi and Andre 3000 rarely tour together and are easily one of the most popular and successful hip hop acts of all time. It’s hard to say where they would play, they could quite easily headline Other stage but would also be a great sub-headliner on the main stage.
It seems like every wish list I make FIDLAR are on it. The LA skate- punk band are a fantastic live act and promote a highly energetic atmosphere. I’ve caught them twice at Reading and both times they have encountered a great crowd reaction, easily turning critics into fans. I have no doubt they could do the same at Glastonbury, in fact, I think they would be even more popular there.
Obaro Ejimiwe or Ghostpoet as he is better known is an Electronic Music artist from London. He has toured with the likes of Metronomy and was brilliant at last years Reading festival. With his laid back, spoken word lyrics coupled with a really chilled electronic vibe his music would suit many areas of the festival and I for one would love to see him this year.
The old timers with a new look line up have been rumoured to be heading to Pilton this year. Paz Lechantin has replaced Kim Shattuck on bass who in turn replaced long term member Kim Deal late last year. Their latest offering EP 2 received generally poor reviews when self released early this year but that shouldn’t discredit the history of the band who emerged in the 80′s and inspired a whole generation. With an exceptional back catalogue they have the potential to headline the Other Stage, they could also see themselves sub-headling like the Smashing Pumpkins last year.
Shying away from music momentarily to venture into the world of rap battling, an unusual twist you might think? Actually it’s not! I’ve been following the rap battling world for numerous years now and when it comes to pure live entertainment, in my opinion nobody else comes close to Don’t Flop in this ever growing community. I was lucky enough to attend the 5th anniversary event in Leeds, drawing battlers from Canada and the US and facing them against true home grown talent the event was a huge success.
Would it work at a festival? Yes, it really would. I caught some regular DF battlers featuring in Charlie Sloths rap battle slot at this years Reading 1xtra Stage and as DF have held slots at Outlook and Boom Bap in the past. Raking in millions of views, hop on youtube and check the battles out for yourself.
Who in their right mind wouldn’t want Daft Punk at Glastonbury this year?! There’s no doubting they have had a fantastic 2013 and could their success see them return to the festival? As much as I would love to think they would I feel it’s highly unlikely, it’s a real shame as they would be an unbelievably good Other Stage head liner although with recent success they would probably feel quite at home on the Main Stage. Anyway, it’s pointless speculating. It won’t happen but I would be very happy to be proved wrong.
Earth, Wind & Fire
The West Holts Stage is one of my favourite places to be at Glastonbury. The calibre of the artists is always high and the atmosphere is always brilliant. I’ve managed to see fantastic performances from Parliament Funkadelic, Aloe Blacc and Kool and The Gang in recent years and if it wasn’t for my need to wander about I could probably spend a whole weekend just watching bands on this stage.
This year I would love to see Earth, Wind & Fire. Around since the 70′s they are easily one of the most important groups in popular black music and the Chicago natives would be the perfect way to end the festival. Also I challenge anyone to not enjoy a dance to Boogie Wonderland, it’s impossible.
Canadian singer and producer The Weeknd has really made a name for himself in recent years. With the use of heavy drum beats, synths and incredible vocals, The Weekend has been pigeon holed into just about every modern genre out there. All I know is he makes bloody good music, most of it free as well, his tracks released as mixtapes are readily available online. He’d fit on just about any stage at the festival although West Holts would be my choice of destination.
After drummer Lars Ulrich recently revealed that Metallica would love to play the festival, is it finally time for Eavis to embrace the Metal and put the veteran rockers on the line up? They certainly have the status and there can be no doubt over their quality. They consistently put on brilliant live shows all over the world but I’m really not sure that the festival needs it. As a one off, maybe a band like Metallica would be an interesting option but in the long run Glastonbury really doesn’t have to start catering for the heavier acts especially as it has such a wide variety already. Either way it would be cool to see them play the last of the big festivals on their wish list.
My last but certainly not least act to be chosen for my wish list are Bristol synthpop duo Hurts. They are no strangers to Glastonbury having played the festival last year as well as winning the NME readers poll for best performance of the festival in 2011. Beating the likes of preachy music wankers U2 and Coldplay. With music from their new album sounding more emotional and connective, their live performances are only going to become more audience inclusive and having missed them every time they’ve played a festival I would very much like to see them in 2014.
Well there it is, my wish list for Glastonbury 2014. We won’t find out the majority of acts until the ticket re-release in early April but whatever the outcome I’m sure this years festival will be as good as all the past ones Eavis and Co have put on. If just a couple of these acts are on the bill I will be a very happy man, see you at Pilton. Lewis Lowe