Friday, 28 June 2013

Music: Avoid the Pyramid Stage: 10 acts not to miss at this year's Glastonbury festival

With all the huge names playing, it's all too easy to be sucked into to spending most of your time in front of the Pyramid Stage over the Glastonbury weekend.

Here are ten suggestions of must-see acts who will be performing on some of the festival's smaller stages.

Tame Impala, Other Stage, Friday, 18:05 – 19:00
The Australian psych-rock outfit certainly turned a few heads in 2012 with their sound drawing from the same conceptual well as the Beatles during their acid days. If you've never heard their music, brace yourself for a vintage psychedelic wall of sound that swirls around layers of echoic vocals and fuzz-soaked guitars.

Foals, Other Stage, Friday, 21:00 – 22:00
The Oxford-based math-rockers' music is as jaunty as their front-man's haircut. For those unfamiliar with their sound, imagine layers of hypnotic Ethiojazz melodies looped over driving bass-lines and urgent drum beats.

The Horrors, The Park Stage, Friday, 22:45 – 00:15
When Horrors first arrived on the scene, many critics dismissed them out of hand as a band who seemed more concerned with wearing the right clothes and hanging out with Noel Fielding than honing their craft. But they put to rest any such criticisms with the release of their second album Primary Colours, which fused elements of shoegaze, post-punk and sleazy rock and roll to make it one of 2009's most enduring albums.

Jagwar Ma, John Peel Stage, Saturday, 13:00 – 13:40
The darlings of the BBC 6 Music playlist, Jagwar Ma are a band tipped to be one of those 'next big things' you hear about nowadays. With a quirky, reverb-soaked sound that nods back to bands like Mansun and Gomez, they're interesting enough to outlast the NME flavour of the month banner that they are currently flying.

Savages, John Peel Stage, Saturday, 19:50 – 20:40
A band on the verge of big things, Savages took the music world by surprise with their gothic-tinged brand of punkish rock. Their live sets have already garnered a reputation for being intense experiences, so they'll certainly be worth a look.

Public Enemy, Other Stage, Saturday, 22:15 – 23:45
People will tell you that you have to go and see the Rolling Stones – ignore them. You may have the opportunity to see Public Enemy again, but it's unlikely that you'll be able see them do a 90 minute set, late at night, in a crowded field. As soon as Flava Flav asks you to “make some noise, Glaston-berry!” you'll forget that Mick Jagger even existed.

Dub Colossus, West Holts Stage, Sunday, 14:05 – 14:55
Descriptive band names can sometimes sniff of a lack of imagination, but no other name could best sum up Nick Page's brand of dub music. What sets Dub Colossus' sound apart from most dub acts is their fusion of traditional azmari melodies, hip-hop rhythms and thunderous dub-reggae bass-grooves.

Public Image Limited, Other Stage, Sunday, 16:10 – 17:00.
PIL are the band that the Sex Pistols could have been. For those unfamiliar, PIL were John Lydon's music project following the demise of the Sex Pistols. A far cry from the sneery punk rhetoric that shot Lydon into the public eye, PIL created their own brand of poetic, desolate disco that sounds as revolutionary today as they did in '78.

James Blake, John Peel Stage, Sunday, 19:15 – 20:15
The singer-songwriter for the electronic era, James Blake's combination of innovative production and spine-tingling vocals have seen him win critical plaudits and nominations for the Mercury Music Prize and BBC's Sound of 2011. A perfect act for winding down your Glastonbury weekend.

Bobby Womack, West Holts Stage, Sunday, 21:30 – 23:15
He has one of the most distinctive voices in R&B, and has a back catalogue spanning back to the early-60s where he performed with the likes of the Valeninos and Sam Cooke. His 2012 collaboration with Damon Albarn and Richard Russell brought him back to the public's attention, but he's probably best known for the funk classic Across 110th Street which featured prominently on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown.

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