- Diana Ross (Pyramid Stage 4 to 5.15pm Sunday
Her Thank You Tour is currently making its way around the UK with a setlist including I’m Coming Out, Baby Love, Stop! In The Name Of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, Chain Reaction, Upside Down and Why Do Fools Fall In Love? This is promising to be a legends slot to remember for many years to come.
- Read on for reasons including Pet Shop Boys, Years and Years and Wet Leg
2. Pet Shop Boys (Other Stage 9.40 to 11.10pm Sunday)
We caught their Dreamworld: Greatest Hits Live tour at The 02 last month and said: ‘The boys headline Glastonbury‘s Other Stage on Sunday 26 June and if this set is televised there and comes across half as well as the joy with which it is received here then, dear viewer, you will be in for a treat.’ It’s live on BBC4.
3. Years and Years (Other Stage 7.45 to 845pm Sunday)
We caught Olly Alexander’s Night Call tour at the OVO Arena, Wembley last month and said: ‘We’re hugely excited for the band’s Glastonbury Festival show next month and wonder whether Years and Years will open for Other Stage headliners Pet Shop Boys on the final Sunday night?
This set would be perfectly complementary to the Boys’ current Dreamland show not least because Alexander and his troupe do a lot of dancing where the PSBs choose not to use dancers this time around and instead utilise a lighting spectacular that brings out the best in their music.’
4. Heaton and Abbott (Acoustic Stage 9.30 to 11pm Friday)
6 years ago this enduring partnership made our list of Glastonbury’s top acts and we said: ‘t’s Sunday afternoon and we weren’t expecting these two to mine their Housemartins and Beautiful South back catalogues quite so successfully and extensively here on the Other Stage. A great closer from their current album proves Heaton’s lost none of his fire.’
5. Sigrid (6 to 7pm John Peel Stage Saturday)
We’re seeing her at the OVO Arena, Wembley in November and her 2nd album How To Let Go was released in May and is likely to be drawn on here. It Gets Dark was a recent song of the month and we said: ‘It Gets Dark initially sounds like a Bond theme as an orchestra strikes up but then we’re in more familiar Sigrid territory as she offers us a song that shows off what she does best but also what an accomplished songwriter she has become.’
6. Wet Leg (2 to 2.45pm Park Stage Friday)
Their self-titled debut album was a charttopper and an album of the month for us in April. We said: ‘Wet Leg are far from being a one-trick pony and follow-up Wet Dream remains sexually provocative but deploys surf rock with again hugely quotable lyrics. ‘I was in your Wet Dream driving in my car/What makes you think you’re good enough to think about me when you’re touching yourself?’ is probably the most empowering lyric we can think of.’
7. St Etienne (7.45 to 8.45pm Friday)
We last saw the band live in Bristol in 2017 and said then: ‘Had we been writing this blog in 2012, Saint Etienne’s London Palladium show would’ve been our gig of that year.
The songs featured here from that year’s collection Words And Music, synth pop gems Tonight and I’ve Got Your Music, are reminders perhaps that despite a history going back to the early 90s, all the band’s glories need not be rooted so far back in yesteryear.’
8. Go_A (11.30 to 12.15pm Saturday)
This Ukranian band’s song Shum finished 5th in 2021’s Eurovision and we’re looking forward to hearing more of their turbo folk at this surprise appearance very early on the 2nd day proper of the festival. Eurovision fans will know the country won the contest in May and runner-up the UK is in talks to host in 2023 because the organisers at the European Broadcasting Union are unsure the war-torn country could fulfil the task.
9. Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs (1 to 1.50pm Avalon Stage Friday)
Always our favourite way to start the festival. There’s a madcap feel to this skiffle punk burst of energy and they made our 2017 best of Glastonbury list. We said then: ‘Looking for just one act that embodies the Glastonbury spirit? Their skiffle punk sets which opened the Avalon Stage at 1pm Friday and closed the Avalon Cafe at midnight on Saturday were bursting with heart, soul and spirit. The cover of Bob Marley’s Don’t Worry About A Thing and accompanying story were just perfect. Find out more here.’
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