It???s nearly here. Next Friday Glastonbury will be back after two years (thanks Olympics) and with one of the biggest line ups ever. Theres no doubt you???ll be watching Mick Jagger parade around in arguably The Rolling Stones final big hurrah. Yes they???ll play stadiums for a few more years as they enter into their seventies, but they won???t be on a worldwide stage like this again. Yes, you???ll be singing along to the faux folk music of Mumford and Sons, and probably hang around to see Arctic Monkeys steal the show.
But there are musicians of past and present playing outside of the prestigious pyramid stage that demand your attention. Sound Revolutions John Howell takes a look at the artists you must to see who won???t be gracing the main arena.
The Smashing Pumpkins
OK, so it???s not really The Smashing Pumpkins, it???s only Billy Corgan remaining from the original line up. Then again, Corgan is really The Pumpkins all on his own. The bands back catalogue alone is a reason to see Corgan and company tear down the place. Expect fan favourites like Tonight Tonight, Zero, Today, and Perfect mixed in with their new efforts from last year???s critically acclaimed album,??Oceania. Yes they???re playing at the same time as Vampire Weekend, but for nostalgias sake, there is only one winner.
Probably the biggest act at Glastonbury to not be on the main stage, The XX will instead headline The Other Stage. A renown live act for their intimacy, the trio from London have the ability to create an atmosphere unmatched when playing. Riding a wave on the back of two commercial and critically successful albums, theirs is a set list will be one not to miss. Staples such as VCR, Islands, and Angels are sure to be amongst the highlights.
The greatest thing to come out of Amherst, Massachusetts since, well, ever, Dinosaur Jr. are perhaps the most underappreciated alternative rock band of their generation. A career spanning ten albums over twenty eight years, the band reunited in 2005 with its three founding members which has brought about a new retrospective view on the influence and impact of their work since debuting in 1985. Considered one of the greatest guitarists ever, it would be criminal to miss J Mascis play on The Park Stage as Dinosaur Jr. bring their sound to fans old and new. Anticipate the occasion to bring out classics like Raisins, In a Jar, and The Lung.
Lianne La Havas
The 23 year old from London came to the nations attention when she lit up BBC Two???s Later with ??? Jools Holland in her television d??but in 2011. With songs that make you move and songs that steal your heart, La Havas could very well be the dark horse of Glastonbury???s line up. Blending her soulful tones with an original musical sound, head over to the West Holt???s stage to see a set, and a rising star, you won???t soon forget.
There is no other stage more befitting to host the legendary Johnny Marr than the John Peel Stage. The mancunian has breathed new life into his live performances with the release of his d??but album this past spring, The Messenger. Taking to the microphone, Marr has even tried his hand singing the odd Smiths song in his set, and why not? If Morrissey can do it, so can the one who wrote the music in the first place. The man who influenced a generation still has the skill to blow all pretenders out of the water with his six string strumming.