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Who should you catch on the opening day of Glastonbury?
For those members of the Guardian team who’ve been here since the crack of dawn on Wednesday, well, it feels like a bit of a shock that we’re only just getting to the bands. But it’s finally time to face the music, so here are five acts we’re looking forward to catching today. You can follow everything that happens on our liveblog and no doubt by pressing the red button on your TV remote if you live in the UK.
Jupiter and Okwess International: Pyramid Stage, 11am
Let’s save us some energy – look here for why the opening act on the Pyramid stage are a good thing. Or indeed, watch and listen.
Goat: West Holts, 2.30pm
Goat Astral/acid folkism … Goat. Photograph: Tammy Karlsson
Our own Paul Lester wrote of this Swedish outfit’s debut album thusly:
It’s a heady soup (see what we did there?) of funk and tribal rhythms, kraut and prog-rock repetition/extrapolation, psych freakery and astral/acid folkisms. It’s Parliament covering Can’s Tago Mago with Bhundu Boys and the Incredible String Band, or a super-jam involving Faust, Funkadelic, Fairport Convention and Fela Kuti. Think Womad curated by Jerry Garcia and Holger Czukay, Edgar Broughton and George Clinton in 1973.
Disclosure: Sonic, 9pm
Disclosure ‘We make pop music in the style of house’ … Disclosure. Photograph: Graeme Robertson
One of the big hits of Field Day, the Lawrence brothers are set to ignite their dance arena tent in what could prove to be an excellent warmup for the headline acts (read more about their Glastonbury set here). Arrive early to ensure you can get inside the tent!
Solange: Park Stage, 4.30pm
We’ve a little blurb here about why Solange is a must-see Glastonbury act. Her recent shows at Field Day and Night + Day have been soulful and stylish … could Glastonbury be the show that helps her catch up with big sis?
Arctic Monkeys vs Portishead vs Chic & Nile Rodgers: Pyramid, Other and West Holts stage from 10pm
Portishead at Hammersmith Apollo Everybody loves you, it’s true … Beth Gibbons of Portishead. Photograph: Jim Dyson/Getty
We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to headliners this year so we’ll have to leave this one up to you. Although if you’re seeking that Get Lucky moment, then Nile might just be your best bet …