5pm Saturday on the John Peel Stage and Y&Y lead singer Olly Alexander is sporting a glittery rainbow top to mark London’s Pride celebrations. A triumphant 12-song set saves the best ’til last with King (monstagigz single of 2015 so far). We’d predict debut album Communion (out 11/7) is more r’n’b than Depeche Mode. Ones to watch. New single Shine available 5/7.
4. Alex Edelman
You might be surprised to know there are all sorts of non-music stages at Glastonbury and our favourite is the Cabaret Tent. It was home this year to Jeremy Hardy, Marcus Brigstocke, Exeter’s own Josh Widdicombe and last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Alex Edelman amongst others. Bowling on at an unexpected time to a near-empty tent, it filled fast to Edelman’s tales of faked Thanksgiving coming outs and what a teenager might say to a rude hero he’s trapped in a lift with.
3. Mark Ronson
9pm Friday on the Other Stage and a string of guest vocalists star Boy George for two songs including a crowd singalong Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and later the Boy’s but a memory during an unforgettable Uptown Funk finish boasting George Clinton, Mary J Blige and Grandmaster Flash.
One of the highlights of last year’s Glastonbury, we caught Kent’s finest twice in 2015: opening the Avalon Field on Friday afternoon and headlining the Avalon Cafe on Saturday evening (including guests Fruitbat formerly from Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine and Attila The Stockbroker) before they entertained the Festival Green Room that night. Not sure what Kanye and Kim would’ve made of their skiffle punk set but we loved it. Both times.
We’d wanted Flo to be a headliner since long before the release of brilliant third album How Big so weren’t unhappy about Dave Grohl’s unlucky break. The 15-song set was everything we wanted it to be and more. Flo not only back on her feet but twirling across every inch of the stage when not leaping into the audience to bestow her dandelion crown on a fan. Big, blue, beautiful, bold and brilliant.