The Undiscovered Wonders of the Glastonbury Festival

Discover something new at Glastonbury Festival 2013

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Daniel Fahey, John Bownas, Kai Jones, Chris Swindells - 18 June 2013

Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

Wow Stage!
Thursday 20:00 - 21:00

It might not come with the trumpet-tooting, Gallagher-commenting sagas of yesteryear, but grub over the Glastonbury programme and you’ll find enough decent hip hop to avoid Dizzee Rascal being your only rap fill. In a time when a modern contemporary is needed, organisers are spoiling us with the fire-bellied return of Public Enemy, and the social commentary of Nas which is - disappointingly - hidden away in the Silver Hayes arena. Dig a little further and you’ll be treated to The Pharcyde (well, half of them), who will play their eccentric, doped up debut ‘Bizarre Ride II’ including vintage classic ‘Passin’ Me By’, comedic ‘Ya Mama’ and the funked up ‘Soul Power (Remix)’.


West Holts Stage
Sunday 16:45 - 17:45

Glasto Latino
Sunday 23:30 - 01:00

From a project headed up by the British Council, Ondatropica is a fusion of salsa, Chilean rap and boogaloo that attempts to uphold and update Colombia’s musical heritage with fresh vision masterminded by Will Holland (a.k.a. Quantic) and the sweat and swagger of over 40 musicians, singers and rappers from Latin America. As one of the most underlooked world music efforts in recent years, their live show on the West Holts Stage will hopefully bring a little sunshine with it too.


La Pussy Parlure Nouveau
Thursday 14:00 – 15:00

Bimble Inn
Friday 19:00 – 19:40

Saturday 23:00 – 00:00

Rabbit Hole
Sunday 20:00 – 21:00

A nine-piece Australian band from Melbourne who’ve been together for about four years and play a rather groovy blend of surf-guitar and ska, mixed with upbeat soulful swing. You need to come and check this band out if for no other reason than 328 of their supporters pledged over A$20,000 through crowd-sourcing website Pozible to pay for the band’s flights and visas to be at Glastonbury this year.

Ned The Kids Dylan

Small World Stages
Saturday 12:00 - 13:00

Bimble Inn
Sunday 14:00-14:30

Surely, the Next Big Thing has never been so young. Not even old enough for a paper round, Ned The Kids Dylan is a wedge-haired warrior whose 60s-style folk-rock shows more maturity than most of the second Beady Eye album. Actually, it’s better developed than their first as well. His acoustic numbers drum up the spirit of his namesake, Bob, and Richie Havens, slinging anti-establishment messages like ‘Brands Are 4 Cattle’, and with ‘The Glastonbury Song’ up his baggy-t-shirted sleeve, this boy is sure to be on a Worthy Farm winner.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Sonic Stage
Saturday 14:15 - 15:15

Hell Stage (Shangri-La)
Saturday 01:30 - 02:30

Suffering brass monkeys at the festival? Find shelter with the brightest lights in the brass band scene, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who do their thing for swing on the Saturday at Glastonbury. This Chicago-based eight piece are the real family affair, each of them offspring to the 86-year-old jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. Less prodigal sons and more child prodigies, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have taken their classical funk and jazz grooves around the world, playing with everyone from Damon Albarn to Flea. Remember who said brass bands were the future?


West Holts Stage
Saturday 14:30 - 15:30

Hell Stage (Shangri-La)
Saturday 00:00 - 01:00

Straight from the European hotbed of experimental sound that's universally recognised as Korpilombolo in Sweden, Goat found themselves unexpectedly in the full glare of the spotlight last year when their debut blew up a storm of critical praise. Their story is a wildly rich and almost entirely fabricated one, littered with voodoo worship, Christian crusaders and a 40 year history playing together. The seven strong live ensemble is as alluring as the band are enigmatic, playing richly textured psych-rock and tribalistic rhythms behind their masks on Friday afternoon under the West Holts Stage.

Simon Munnery

Cabaret Tent
Sunday 19:10 - 19:25

It's some understatement to say Glastonbury regular Simon Munnery has done a few things in comedy. He performed as Billy Buckethead with a bucket on his head, he opened La Concepta - a non-dining restaurant experience, and then represented Banksy as his 'lawyer', by special request of the artist of course. The avant-garde stand-up has flirted briefly with TV success too, his 2001 BBC series 'Attention Scum!', nominated for a Rose d'Or, failed to achieve the ratings the BBC had hoped for, which was less of a surprise to the cast when they learnt it was to be broadcast at 11:50pm on Sunday nights. See the man the Guardian described as a "comedy genius" for some surreal one-liners and wise proverbs:

"Look at the sea and think of your evolutionary past. Look at the sky and imagine the future. Look at the land and think of the present. And at  the most profound place where land, sea and sky meet - there ye shall play volleyball."

Public Service Broadcasting

William’s Green
Sunday 19:00 – 19:40

If you like British Sea Power’s enigmatic aesthetics and love of history, then you need to see Public Service Broadcasting.  Specialising in trawling through old film archives in search of fragments of voices to set to music, PBS build an ethereal tapestry of pulsing electronics, Krautrock guitars and captivating footage that feels as if Portishead have been sucked Cronenburg-style into a 1940s Pathé news report.

Six by Seven

Spirit of ’71
Thursday 21.00 – 22:00

Sawn Off Metallica T-shirt. That’s all you need to know. Six by Seven once wrote a song called 'Sawn Off Metallica T-shirt', a discordant, gnarly, bunker-buster of an anthem. Aggressive, droning, distant and melodic, Six by Seven live somewhere in the swirling miasma that exists between Spacemen 3, Girls Against Boys and The Jesus and Mary Chain. And they wrote a song called Sawn Off Metallica T-shirt!

Half Moon Run

The Park Stage
Friday 13:30 - 14:30

William's Green
Saturday 15:30 - 16:10

Montreal-based indie trio Half Moon Run first caught our attention at M For Montreal last November. Ethereal, expansive but still with a keen eye for a pop hook, their 2012 long player 'Dark Eyes' and its lead single 'Full Circle' have enough spirit and allure to see them skip through the ranks of the current festival hierarchy to bigger and better in 2014.

Glastonbury Festival takes place at Worthy Farm, Somerset from June 26-30 2013.

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