Glastonbury 2017

Who to see at this year's festival

Tuesday 20th June 2017

The Big Moon who appear at Glastonbury 2017 on the William's Green stage.

It's the festival that all the other British outdoor festivals look to emulate. We take a look at some of the artists who have caught our eyes and ears on this year's Glastonbury line up.

Jack Jones
Greenpeace / Engine Room - Wednesday, 00:00 - 00:40
Frontman of Trampolene, poet and spoken word performer, Jack Jones is a real renaissance man of the current indie scene. His sharp socially aware poetry has been compared to the great John Cooper Clarke, and should not be missed. Check out our Subculture playlist with Jack here, and watch our video of Trampolene at SubcultureLive in 2015 below.

Hacienda Classical - Graeme Park, Mike Pickering & Manchester Camerata Orchestra + Special Guests
Pyramid Stage - Friday, 10:45 - 11:30
This promises to be something of a treat if you can make the early start. Rave anthems reimagined by Graeme Park and Mike Pickering with the help of an orchestra, choir and a few pals. Listen to our recent Graeme Park playlist and his two-hour DJ set from our Black Grape SubcultureLive gig at The 100 Club here.

Don Letts 
Glade - Friday, 16:15 - 17:15
Glade Lounge - Friday, 23:45 - 01:00
Two opportunities to see the great Don Letts DJ on Friday. As a DJ Don Letts was famously responsible for introducing reggae to London's emerging punk scene, and as a filmmaker, he made some of the most important chronicles of the punk era such as his documentary 'The Punk Rock Movie'. Listen to our Don Letts playlist here.

The Beat 
Glade - Friday, 19:00 - 20:10
Much like The Specials, The Beat's message-laden reinvention of ska is as pertinent today as it was at the time of its release around 1980. Following their break up the band eventually became two separate groups, The English Beat (led by Dave Wakeling) and The Beat (led by Ranking Roger). It's the latter line up that plays in the Glade this year, so take a listen to our Ranking Roger playlist here. 

Black Honey 
John Peel Stage - Friday, 13:00 - 13:40 
Fronted by Izzy Bee Philips, Brighton's Black Honey remain one of the most interesting young guitar bands around. Watch our video of them playing at SubcultureLive in 2015 when they were just emerging onto the national scene, and listen to our Playlist with Izzy here.

Blossoms
Pyramid Stage - Friday, 13:30 - 14:15
Stockport's Blossoms topped our List of Manchester bands to watch out for back in January 2015 and since then their advance seems to be quietly unstoppable. Picking up an NME cover story along the way, Blossoms have shown themselves to be a very flexible pop band quickly shedding the constraints that often stifle some indie guitar bands.   

Sleaford Mods
The Park Stage - Friday, 21:00 - 22:00
Undoubtedly one of the most important bands in the world right now, Sleaford Mods released their excellent album, 'English Tapas' this year as well as being the subject of a documentary film by the Berlin-based music journalist Christine Franz. Filmed over the course of two years, it follows the rise of the Nottingham duo, from pub venues to arenas. Find out more here.

Clean Bandit 
John Peel Stage - Friday, 21:00 - 22:00
Having motivated the 18-24 Brits to use their vote in 2017, Clean Bandit go back to their day job of making crowd-pleasing electronic pop, ideal for summer festival audiences. Check out our video of them playing SubcultureLive in 2013 below.

Cabbage
Left Field - Friday, 19:30 - 20:30  
John Peel Stage - Saturday, 15:30 - 16:20
Two chances to catch Cabbage, one of the most talked about bands of 2017. With an irreverent distinctly northern take on punk, they have divided opinion since they broke onto the scene, amassing a cult following with their often satirical, mocking approach. Listen to our playlist with Lee from Cabbage here

1977 Special: Sex Pistols & The Clash (15) + Q&A
Cineramageddon - Saturday, 16:15 - 18:50
This year's festival includes a drive-in style cinema, complete with 100 vintage American and Cuban cars. The programme is curated by film director Julien Temple, who made films throughout the punk era including 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle' and later 'The Filth and The Fury'. The 1977 Special looks sure to appeal given the rich subject matter. Read our recent post on 1977: The Year Punk Exploded here.

Muncie Girls  
Left Field - Saturday, 18:00 - 19:00
Appearing in the Billy Bragg curated Left Field, Muncie Girls are a fierce independent hardcore/punk influenced band from Exeter. Listen to our Subculture playlist from Muncie Girls' Lande Hekt here.

The Big Moon
William's Green - Saturday, 15:00 - 15:40
A guitar band who came to our attention in late 2016 and featured in our British New Wave 2017 list at the start of the year. Listen to our playlist from Juliette Jackson, with exclusive photos of the band at Dot to Dot 2017 here.

Toots & The Maytals 
West Holts Stage - Saturday, 17:30 - 18:30
If you missed the chance to see their outdoor dates with The Specials in May, or just want to see them again, you can catch Jamaican ska/rocksteady legends, Toots & The Maytals, on Saturday evening. 

Carl Barat and The Jackals
William's Green - Saturday, 19:00 - 19:40
Famous Libertine, Carl Barat needs little introduction. With their new EP 'Harder They Fall' released in May (2017), Carl Barat and The Jackals have included an appearance on Glasto's William's Green stage within their Summer tour plans. Listen to Carl's surprising Subculture Playlist here.

Dreadzone 
Left Field - Sunday, 21:00 - 22:00
Legend has it that Dreadzone got their name following a comment from Greg Dread's Big Audio Dynamite bandmate Don Letts (see above). Dreadzone released their latest album 'Dread Times' earlier this year, including lyrical contributions from Don Letts among its guest appearances. Check out our playlist with Greg Dread here.

Slaves
Other Stage - Sunday, 11:00 - 11:45
Slaves have become one of the biggest forces in new UK music over the last 3 years. Their incredible energy and youthful repackaging of punk ethos took many by surprise, finding a niche with songs such as 'Where's Your Car Debbie?'. Listen to our Slaves playlist here, and watch our live video of Slaves back in 2014 below.

Sundara Karma 
John Peel Stage - Sunday, 11:50 - 12:30
Indie-rockers from Reading. Sundara Karma's latest release, 'Explore' sees their sound continue to develop into some of the most sophisticated stuff on the current scene. Listen to our playlist from them, with exclusive photos from Dot to Dot 2017 here

Rag'n'Bone Man 
Other Stage - Sunday - 14:55 - 15:45
2017 saw things take off for Rory Graham AKA Rag'n'Bone Man. Although he was already winning plenty of airplay with his unique mix of modern production and primal blues vocals, it was his win of the 2017 Critic's Choice Brit Award that seems to have made a wider audience sit up and take notice. Check out our Subculture Playlist from Rory here, and watch our video of Rag'n'Bone Man performing live in 2015 below.


Glastonbury 2017 takes place 21st-25th June. For full details visit www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Timings correct at time of writing.

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