Glastonbury Festival is here already with an endless pool of talent set to be dredged through the Somerset mud and stale, warm beer for another four days of captivating music.
Kanye West, Hot Chip, Pharrell Williams and The Who will take the headlines come Monday but here at Far Out we’ve delved a little deeper to cherry pick the 11 bands you need to see at this year’s festival.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Australian psych merchants King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard shared album I’m In Your Mind Fuzz via Heavenly Recordings, played a shit load of small, incredible shows and now they’re playing Glastonbury.
Of course supporting the likes of White Fence and Mac Demarco has helped their cause but make no mistake, this seven-piece Melbourne band have earned a reputation befitting of their monstrous music.
This fucker, recorded at London’s Shacklewell arms, is what will blow your mind on Friday night at 18:30 on the William’s Green stage:
Yes that really was a flute solo.
In a quite spectacular 12 months which has seen Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut album picked up by Rough Trade followed by an extensive tour and TV appearances on Letterman, Conan and Jools Holland.
Booker is New Orleans. Booker is rock and roll.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying Spiritualized live before now’s your chance and, luckily for you, they fall in between Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. The Joy.
The Park Stage, 21:30, Saturday, be there.
Occupying Spiritualized’s 21:30 spot on the Sunday are Sweden’s tribal, rhythmic, experimental Goat that need to be seen, and heard, to be believed.
Maybe go easy on the psychedelics for this one. Or hard, either way.
The Fat White Family
What more can be said about South London’s Fat White’s that hasn’t been regurgitated already?
Talking of regurgitation, hopefully the band will put on yet another filthy performance that’ll have you heaving up that falafel wrap you’ve just forced down, cos’ you know, that’s what it’s all about.
Fear not you fellows out there looking to nurse the Friday hangover after getting silly on your first night at Glasto, Eaves is here to help.
Opening up the John Peel stage on Friday is Leeds based Eaves. Sit back on the grass, in the sun (wishful thinking) get a beer and relax.
Did that sort you out? Good because the fiery foursome of Madrid’s finest follow Eaves on the John Peel and if you’re still feeling like shit you won’t enjoy Hinds as much as you should do.
They loud, they’re messy, they’re endearing and they’ll get your Friday off to a flyer:
You know us here at Far Out, we have a penchant for mind-melting and unbelievably powerful alternative music.
The kind that makes your teeth chatter and your Great Grandmother get her mojo back. But every so often, we get our groove back. So Saturday lunch time make you relax with Leon Bridges:
After taking our Album of the Week slot with their debut A Dream Outside that was released earlier this month via Transgressive Records, we strongly recommend you lose your shit to these fellas on Sunday.
We’re not music snobs here you know, I wasn’t just telling you to stay away from the skyline bending Pyramid Stage or anything.
After springing up out of nowhere towards the latter stage of last year amid an onslaught of blog-based attention, Jungle seem to have already cemented their position as a band intent on storming the pop charts.
Father John Misty
Take your other half down to the Park Stage on Saturday to swoon over lothario of love and madness Father John Misty, the moniker for Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman.
Careful though you, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your husband, your sister, mother and father will all probably fall in love with him.
You’ve been warned.
Have a blast and say safe! We’ll meet you at the bar… your round.