Glastonbury for folkies

It’s that time of year again where people will be packing their wellies, baby wipes and cider and heading to Somerset for the highlight of many people’s summer, Glastonbury Festival. Taking place from the 26th to the 28th June, with only a week to go until the mayhem begins here’s the rundown to the bands you wont want to miss this summer, no matter how sunburnt/drenched/drunk/hungover you may be!      

Although many of you may be tempted to stay around the main stages for the likes of Blur, Kasabian, Bloc Party and Neil Young (no one would really blame you for this) Glastonbury will always have its hippy routes; so I urge you to embrace this by stumbling further than the Pyramid Stage and into the heart of Worthy Farm.

The Park Stage, still a relatively new addition, plays host to some great bands such as Noah & the Whale, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cold War Kids and The Horrors.

The Guardian Lounge, one of the most intimate stages at Glastonbury always has a great line-up and this year does not disappoint with the likes of The Maccabees, Slow Club, Peter Bjorn and John, Emmy the Great and White Lies gracing the stage.

The John Peel stage – a tribute to the late great DJ John Peel – is great for showcasing some of the best bands out there today including Florence and the Machine, The Rumble Strips, Jamie T, Jarvis Cocker, Jack Penate, Ladyhawke and Twisted Wheel.

The chaps over at Chess Club Records are playing host to a stage in the Green Fields featuring a stellar line up. New FFS favourites Kurran and the Wolfnotes will appear along with more established folkstars like West London dream-folk heroine Alessi, soul-fuelled trio Peggy Sue, rabble-rousing four-piece Mumford and Sons and the-one-who-started-this-whole-thing, Laura Marling. If we were there, we’d be here.

Words: Jess Powderly, Helen True, Lynn Roberts