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5 acts that will buck the commercialism at Glastonbury 2015

So last night the moment that hundreds of thousands of lucky tickets holders had been waiting for came. That’s right, the organisers of Glastonbury festival announced their first wave of acts who will perform at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

However, in our opinion the initial bill that we are greeted with reads largely like a list of overblown, commercial power houses straight from the Radio 1 pop factory.

We already knew the first two headliners would be egotistical menace of hip-hop Kanye West and chief exponents of Walmart brand stadium-rock Foo Fighters. Pretty uninspiring, but sometimes you have to accept that the cash cows are part and parcel.

Even within this latest announcement, however, there just seems to be a general lack of the kind of exciting artistic exploration that created Glastonbury’s foundation in the 70s. Inevitable in this modern world, you could argue.

But all is not totally lost. Such a vast bill means there are always bound to be at least a few prospects that are mouth-watering. With that in mind, here are five acts that Far Out reckons will go some way to maintaining Glastonbury’s original, non-conformist spirit.

The Fall

Always on hand when a dreary atmosphere needs a shake-up, Mark E Smith and co will no doubt show the young’ns how it’s done at Worthy Farm. We expect monitor-fiddling, beer-swilling, vocal-slurring mayhem the likes of which Catfish and the Bottlemen will only ever dream of.

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett’s debut is already one of our favourites of 2015 and her set at Glastonbury should prove one hell of a shot in the arm for the radio-friendly enthusiasts who spend the whole five days camped in front of the Pyramid Stage. Yep, Courtney has been officially announced now but also happened to let slip that she would be performing on the iconic main stage on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music show.

Fat White Family

It was only last week when we were left open-mouthed at just how much life Fat White Family were able to inject into the usually placid and eternally safe atmosphere of the Late Show with David Letterman.

With a lineup including the likes of Florence & the Machine, George Ezra, The Vaccines, Pharrell Williams and Paloma Faith (we could go on, we could really go on) it’s starting to feel that Glasto could be heading the same way as the squeeky clean A-list chat show world, but thank the cream of the young that Fat Whites will be there to reap havoc and restore the balance.


Not quite the short, sharp punk racket of our previous picks, but the sight of Jason Pierce and co on this year’s Glastonbury lineup provided welcome relief.

The band have a record of some mesmerising sets at Glastonbury, including an encapsulating headline show on the Park Stage in its inaugural year back in 2007. One of the only acts on the bill who will be able to remember the years of playing to a swelled audience full of defiant fence-hoppers, they will be a definite highlight regardless of age.

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest lit up Glastonbury’s Leftfield stage last year alongside part-time curator Billy Bragg, but since then she has become a widely admired name. While we understand that a certain amount of pop music is necessary to fill such a vast space, for a festival that sells out before single name is revealed, we feel bookers could have sort after main stage acts with a bit more of a message.

Nothing specifically against Clean Bandit, FKA Twigs or Ben Howard, but they are simply just not on the same level as Kate Tempest when it comes to engagement and providing a real insight into her world. What’s more, the tunes are damn catchy.

See the poster for the first announcements of acts for Glastonbury 2015 below.

Patrick Davies