Lesser-known gems: acts you shouldn’t miss at this year’s Glastonbury

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When Michael Eavis announced that the final mystery headliner for Glastonbury 2014 would be Metallica, I’m pretty sure I was not the only one who thought ‘Metallica? Really?’. While there is no denying that this indeed is a bold choice, it is an odd one at best. Glastonbury, known across the world as the original hippy festival, does not seem a fitting place for Metallica.

The beauty of Glastonbury is that it is not just about the headline acts. If Metallica, Kasabian or Arcade Fire don’t take your fancy, then these are the bands that we strongly recommend you check out.

Royal Blood

This duo from Brighton have been hyped up no end this year, and not without reason. They’re the musical equivalent of the biggest, juiciest, meatiest burger you could imagine. The bass and drum duo dazzle with how much noise they can create. These guys are not one to miss.

Hozier

Hozier is an Irish musician who has been steadily gaining more and more recognition over the year for his music. His voice is dripping with passion and his soul and blues influenced folk songs are refreshingly beautiful. He is sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck with his stunning vocal ability. Glastonbury may be your only chance to see him for a while as most of shows are sold out, so make the most of your chance to see him while you can.

Jungle

Jungle have had some almighty hype surrounding them for about a year now. Each time they release a new video it goes viral, which is a testimony to their talent. These guys are exciting and intriguing, as they have managed to shroud themselves in secrecy. Not much is known about them other than that they are a duo. Their sound is deeply rooted in soul and funk and is sure to get you dancing.

Warpaint

If you haven’t managed to see these girls yet then where have you been? Warpaint know how to write psychedelic and hypnotic tracks; their music carries you away to a Los Angeles beach. These girls are perfect to see at the point in the festival when you need a moment of calm and refection. Their ethereal sound will soothe the aching hangovers and prepare you for the crazy nights ahead of you.

 Sean Kuti & Egypt 80

Sean Kuti is the son of Fela Kuti, who was the founder of afrobeat. Stepping into his father’s shoes, Sean has fronted Egypt 80 since the age of 14. Some of the members of Egypt 80 performed with Fela himself. These guys are not ones to be missed. They will bring the sounds of Africa to Glastonbury and will definitely put on a performance to remember. Not only is their music insanely exciting but it is also backed by a powerful political message. I can guarantee you will not see an act like Sean Kuti & Egypt 80 anywhere else for a long time.

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Hi I'm Grace I risk sounding disgustingly cliched but I cannot remember a time when music wasn't part of my life. I love going to gigs and have been known to dabble in a bit of gigging and song writing myself.

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