Glastonbury 2013 - who to see?


Wednesday 12th June 2013

The most famous festival in the world The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is just around the corner to be held 26th to 30th June 2013.

Back after a year's hiatus to allow the grass fields to recover over 2012, the 2013 festival went on sale at 9am, 7 October 2012, selling all 135,000 tickets in a record 1 hour and 40 minutes. The attendance to 2013 is likely to be 170,000 people; the size of a small city.

Unsurprisingly, the line-up this year is brimming with brilliant high-profile artists with much speculation about performances by The Rolling Stones and of course, The Arctic Monkeys, who have just released new song 'Do I wanna Know', and here at Fred Perry Subculture we have created a list of our favourite artists due to appear.

Jake Bugg 

Jake Bugg has rocketed to fame in the past year, going from playing indie festival Dot to Dot Festival in Spring 2013, to supporting The Stone Roses at a legendary secret gig in London, touring with Noel Gallagher in the UK and Europe, and appearing on Jools Holland. He will support The Rolling Stones in London this July with Primal Scream and The View. The Nottingham lad has managed to effortlessly straddle the gap between authenticity and mainstream appeal. Standing starkly apart from the Brit School blinkered view that the singer songwriter scene has suffered from in recent years.   

The Horrors

The Horrors are set to release their fourth album in September this year, which we are particularly excited about hearing. The Horrors are certainly a unique band who have managed to take elements of garage rock, gothic pop and post-punk and create completely legendary live performances, and their intimate 2011 show for Fred Perry Sub-Sonic Live at The Garage, London was no exception.

Miles Kane

Miles cane first came to fame as one half of The Last Of The Shadow Puppets, a collaboration with Artic Monkey's Alex Turner, mirroring sounds of the Sixties though guitar pop and rock 'n roll, as well as playing in The Rascals and Little Flames. His second album 'Don't Forget Who You Are' is a lot more rough round the edges with a 70s vibe, and we can't wait to see how this will sound during a live set! 'Don't Forget Who You Are' has been constantly on the Fred Perry Subculture player since it's release this month.


Bastille is another one who shot to fame in the year since appearing at new music festival Dot to Dot 2012, with his single 'Pompeii' peaking at number 2 in the UK singles chart on in January 2013. The indie-R&B-pop is on the John Peel Stage at 19.40 on Friday. Watch Bastille performing at Nottingham Rock City back in Spring 2012.

The Strypes 

Hard to believe these Irish lads are only about 16 years of age when you see them live. Reminiscent of bands like The Animals and The Yardbirds, despite their tender ages they have already signed a 5 album worldwide record deal with Mercury Records UK, with high profile fans including Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Dave Grohl, Roger Daltrey, and Miles Kane.


Jonny Marr since leaving The Smiths 25 years ago, has since played in The Cribs, Modest Mouse and most recently has embarked on a successful solo career with his first solo album 'The Messenger' released earlier this year.   

Deap Vally were one of the best artists we saw at Dot to Dot Festival 2013, with their raw energy and vibrant personalities, this female duo from LA are a rock n roll masterpiece which simply must be seen live in order to experience in full.

Here at Subculture we have been keeping a keen eye on South Londoner King Krule since he came to light as Zoo Kid, and we were beyond excited when he agreed to headline our March Sub-Sonic Live gig. Watch an interview and his live performance below

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The Strummerville area is hosted by the organisation which continues the legacy of Joe Strummers from The Clash since his death in 2002. The charity offers a platform for a generation of young musicians who want to make music with something to say rather than just be one of the crowd, and one not to miss is definitely Seán McGowan   

Billy Bragg is a festival veteran, and began to curate the Leftfield Stage with the aim of highlighting new political artists. is to release his first album in more than five years. The stage offers debates, comedy, music, ideas, songwriting sessions and plenty of audience participation. Billy will also play the Pyramid Stage at 12.30pm on the Saturday.


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