People Who Are Addicted To Music
How exciting is the astonbury line-up? I’m excited and I’m not even going. The critics are always going to complain and say it’s so far from its original roots, but the breadth of not only music but music history on offer this year is a veritable smorgasbord.
It’s nearly always impossible to see everything you want to see without organising yourself to the point of an Excel spreadsheet and therefore stripping all fun out of it. But if was going (and now I wish I was) here’s what I’d try to see:
Friday I think I’d give the Pyramid a miss and spend most of my time at the Other stage. There’s Portishead and Foals for starters, and I’ve been meaning to see Alt-J live for some time, so it’s got that covered. It’s also hosting Aussie psychedelic kids Tame Impala whose album Lonerism was one of my favourites of last year. I’d try to swing by the John Peel stage to see Local Natives, Crystal Castles, San Cisco and probably round out the night at Sonic with the Sbtrkt DJ set, Gold Panda and MountKimbie.
Saturday at the Pyramid Stage is safely going to be amazing with a list of ‘got-to-see-once-in-your-lifers’ – the likes of Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones and Primal Scream. I’ve also really been enjoying Laura Mvula recently, and if the weather ever warms up I’ll look forward to her being a part of my summer soundtrack. In contrast to Friday, I’d probably skip the Other stage in favour of taking in Everything Everything, Daughter, Toy and Jagwar Ma at the John Peel stage. I’d also try to see the wonderfully reverby Melody’s Echo Chamber at the Park stage too.
It’s nearly always impossible to see everything you want to see without organising yourself to the point of an Excel spreadsheet
Sunday at the Other stage will be fab with The xx, (soundtrack of my teenage years) Smashing Pumpkins, and I’m an Editors fan too. But I’d sneak away for a bit of Sunday soul at the West Holts stage if I could, to see Bobby Womack and the gorgeous Lianne La Havas. The Avalon stage is hosting some gems too, including The Staves, the delightfully bonkers Bridie Jackson and the Arbour – and hang on a minute, Bruce Forsyth? Really? Back at the Pyramid, Sunday sees dark lord Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds take the stage with Kenny Rogers and lovely Swedish songsters First Aid Kit.
There’ll no doubt be countless clashes, which will make for some disappointment. But there are also so many bands and artists I’ve never even heard of, and as with any festival, sometimes the best part is the wandering, discovering, and coming home with a few new favourites and busted wellies.