By now the majority of punters have made their way to the hallowed grounds of Glastonbury Festival and are probably taking in some of the festival’s clubbing experiences such as Shangri-La, Block 9 or Arcadia or even just soaking in the atmosphere. They may even have taken in some of the secret shows, with the likes of Drenge and Wolf Alice both playing for the revellers today, of whom I’m sure are eagerly awaiting the days music ahead. If you’re reading this you’re probably like me and instead sat at home, reading every article that pops up on your twitter feed and feeling a strong sense of envy at every picture that appears on Facebook. However, fear not, going to Glastonbury also means having to make some incredibly hard decisions, such as who is a must-see and who are you willing to miss from the plethora of artists that the Eavis’ have booked this year! Here’s my list of some of the biggest clashes.
Alabama Shakes/ Catfish & the Bottlemen/ The Districts
This is a big one and so early on, on the Friday afternoon. Do you take in new acclaimed, Pennsylvania born garage rockers The Districts, one of the most popular bands in current indie rom music in Catfish & the Bottlemen or appreciate the soulful sounds of the excellent Alabama Shakes on the main stage. All bands are very much at the top of their game and can put on a hell of a show, but having seen the other two acts before I personally would opt for Alabama Shakes! Tough call though…
Verdict: Alabama Shakes
Jungle/ Wolf Alice/ Peace
Having also seen all of these bands live, this is another difficult conundrum and a hell of an advisement for the way British indie music is going! Peace would most certainly get an amazing atmosphere over at the John Peel Stage, with bangers including; Lovesick, Money and the epic Float Forever. Although having seen their amazing show at Rough Trade on tuesday, I can now fully appreciate the exhilarating live show that Wolf Alice will undoubtedly put on at the Park Stage. My choice, however would be to see Jungle over on the Other Stage, partly due to the fact it fits in nicely with the other acts I’d want to see but also because they put on such a chilled live show! And Busy Earnin’ is a bit of anthem…
The Vaccines/ Benjamin Booker/ Circa Waves
Another tough choice on the Friday, comes in the dilemma of whoever to see one of the world’s hottest Blues guitarist, one of the Uk’s best live acts of the moment or the band responsible for one of the biggest bangers of the summer. Whatever way you go, you are most certainly in store for a great live show, whether you’re nodding your head to Violent Shiver, bouncing to Norgaard or chanting to T-Shirt Weather. For me it would be The Vaccines but I wouldn’t blame you if you took a different route…
Verdict: The Vaccines
Courtney Barnett/ Frank Turner
This is truly the battle of the wordsmiths! On one hand you’ve got the wry observations of the aussie slacker Queen that is Courtney Barnett, somebody I really want to see at some point. Whilst on the other hand you’ve got the historic referencing lyrical genius that is Frank Turner with his band the sleep souls, who I know for a fact will get the Glastonbury crowd in high spirits! Due to the fact it would be possible to catch her later that day in a more intimate setting, I’d go for Frank at the Other Stage (who by the way is playing unusually low on the bill?!?).
Verdict: Frank Turner
The Maccabees/ Death From Above 1979
To a rather obscurer clash between straight up indie rock and dance punk. The Maccabees have more than enough songs to get the crowds roaring, think Bicycles, Pelican or blistering new track Marks to Prove It, but the opportunity to see the newly reformed and in red hot form Death From Above 1979, in what will be one of the greatest sets of the weekend. Beer will go flying and mosh pits will probably open in a very special performance by a very special band!
Verdict: Death From Above 1979
Future Islands/ Alt-J
Another tough clash, especially seeing as both art rockers are likely to share similar fan bases. The classic USA vs UK clash, but what this really boils down to is who has the biggest anthem? Last year Alt-J put out the retro sounding Left Hand Free, but was it better than the barn-storming epic that is Seasons (Waiting on You). As good as the latter is, I’d punt for Alt-J as I know far more and feel they have better depth in songs!
Paul Weller/ Jamie T/ Death Cab for Cutie
By this time the festival’s end will be in sight and it would be one of your final chances to soak in the atmosphere of the world’s biggest festival so choose wisely. The Modfather, writer of many bangers as a member of The Jam, The Style Council and in his own solo career would be a very tempting proposition. Just think of the sing-a-longs to tracks like Town Called Malice or That’s Entertainment! Alternatively, you’ve got the kings of emotional indie rock, Death Cab bounced back with another solid album this year and if you were looking to see out the festival in a more relaxed state to the sound of Benjamin Gibbard singing crowd pleaser I will Follow You Into the Dark, then this is the choice for you. I’d have to go for Wimbledon-born troubadour Jamie T! I’ve wanted to see him for so long and having watched his set at Big Weekend and with an arsenal including the likes of Zombie, If You Got the Money, Sheila and Sticks and Stones, I just feel that it would be too good an opportunity to give up!
Verdict: Jamie T
The Who/ The Chemical Brothers/ Ryan Adams/ F.F.S.
This is the epic final day clash of all clashes! Arguably the four main stages go head to head each armed with massive acts. Do you go for the Big Beat dance anthems that The Chemical Brothers’ returning set is sure to be teeming with, or maybe you’re more in the mood for a bit of classic rock and Americana in the form of Ryan Adams’ sure to be stunning closer on The Park stage. Another hot prospect is other on the John Peel stage, where the newly formed supergroup consisting of 80s band Sparks and 00s Indie blockbusters Franz Ferdinand, that show is sure to be strange yet also probably extremely entertaining. But I feel that it would be too great an opportunity to turn down the lucrative opportunity to see one of the greatest rock bands of all time play whats likely to be one of their last ever shows. Think of the epics; Pinball Wizard, Won’t Get Fooled Again, My Generation and what’s probably my favourite song of all time Baba O’Riley.
Verdict: The Who
It’s going to be massive whoever you see…