Deezer’s Guide to Glastonbury 2015

Posted by | June 22, 2015 | LIVE

Glastonbury Festival can be a little overwhelming – hour-long walks in between stages, hundreds and hundreds of acts, the constant threat of Biblical rainfall. With that in mind, we’ve put together ten essential artists to see this weekend, from the main arenas to some of the smaller stages, to help you make the most of your time at Worthy Farm. You can hear them all in the playlist at the bottom of this page. Oh, and one more thing: pack wet wipes.

Kanye West (Pyramid Stage, Saturday 10:15pm)

His booking was controversial, prompting over 130,000 people to sign a petition demanding he be removed and replaced with a rock band, but we can’t think of many better artists to headline Glastonbury in 2015 than Yeezy. Expect some of the biggest hits of the last decade or so punctuated by megalomaniac rants. Potentially the live music event of the year.

The Mothership Returns: George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic & The Family Stone (West Holts, Saturday, 9:45pm)

George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic team up with Sly Stone’s crew in this unmissable double-header over at West Holts. Although these two bands occupied slightly different spaces on the funk landscape throughout the ‘70s, their combined influence cannot be overstated. A rare opportunity to see them sharing a stage.

Lionel Richie (Pyramid Stage, Sunday 4.00pm)

Is it feel-good soul you’re looking for? If so, Lionel’s your man. Occupying the famous Sunday afternoon Legends’ Slot (filled in recent years by the likes of Dolly Parton, Brian Wilson and Paul Simon), he is guaranteed to deliver a slick set packed with four decades’ worth of hits to keep things easy like a Sunday… afternoon.

Todd Terje and the Olsens (West Holts, Saturday 8.00pm)

Nothing to do with either Mary-Kate or Ashley (we don’t think…), warming up the stage for George Clinton and co. will be Norwegian disco maestro Todd Terje, who brings with him a full band (The Olsens). Expect an hour of propulsive nu-disco from the Scandi synth king, complete with relentless congas, a full string section and a possible guest appearance from Brian Ferry – not to mention some of the most infectious tunes you’ll hear all weekend.

Slaves, Fat White Family (Hell Stage, from 00:15am Sunday)

The Shangri-La area of Glastonbury is a notoriously hedonistic late-night playground, and the early hours of Sunday morning promise to be especially debauched as both Slaves and Fat White Family grace the Hell Stage. Not one for the faint-hearted.

Run The Jewels (West Holts, Friday 7.00pm)

Rap veterans Killer Mike and El-P bring their set to Pilton this year, and you’d be wise to do everything in your power to witness it. RTJ have established themselves as one of the most vital acts of any genre around at the moment, and this could well be one of the highlights of the weekend.

Nao (BBC Introducing, Sunday 5.15pm)

Expect a set full of slinky, minimal electro-R&B from the London newcomer over on the BBC Introducing Stage on Sunday. She’s released two superb EPs over the past few months, but that’s about all we know about this mysterious artist right now. Maybe all will become clear during this performance…

Goat (The Park Stage, Sunday 9.00pm)

What better way to keep the Sunday evening yawns at bay than by witnessing one of the most compelling musical spectacles of the weekend? Shadowy Swedish collective Goat bring their inimitable brand of masked voodoo rock to The Park Stage on Sunday night. Were you thinking of beating the crowds and sneaking off early? Don’t.

Hot Chip (West Holts, Friday 10.15pm)

Fresh off the back of their sixth studio album, the brilliant Why Make Sense? (one of our favourite albums of the year so far), Hot Chip headline West Holts on the Friday night. There’s really only one place to be at that time – especially now you don’t have to worry about missing Foo Fighters play ‘Everlong’.

Hinds (John Peel Stage, Friday 12.00pm)

Hinds (f.k.a. Deers) are four girls from Madrid who seem to enjoy nothing more than to party. They’ve built up a reputation as a hugely enjoyable live band, whose shows more often than not prompt stage invasions and mass dancing. Their scrappy, high-spirited guitar pop should be the perfect start to the weekend.

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