Preview: Glastonbury Festival 2014

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Glastonbury Festival is probably the biggest and most highly-anticipated festival of the summer, for both a local and worldwide audience. It is known for its broad variety of acts, ranging from different genres, ages, and popularity, to cater for it’s diverse audience.

The festival takes place on Worthy Farm in Somerset, and is infamous for it’s inevitable soggy grounds as the English weather fails us almost every year. Despite this, the location of the festival has proved successful and seems to please festival-goers who are looking for an all-rounded entertainment festival also suitable for the kids.

The first day of the festival sees Canadian band Arcade Fire headlining the Pyramid Stage. Having recently released their fourth album, Reflektor, which went to number one in the UK, the band have a lot of content to work with. No doubt, they will be performing their latest single ‘We Exist’; the one with the controversial video starring Andrew Garfield. They will be joined by Elbow and Lily Allen who perform prior to Arcade Fire’s set.

Other acts for Friday include Skrillex on the Other Stage, MIA on West Holts Stage, Metronomy on The Park Stage, and Kaiser Chiefs on the John Peel Stage.

After various rumours regarding the headline act for Saturday, Metallica were finally confirmed. With mixed reactions from the public, Saturday will definitely be an interesting one as the audience will be intrigued to see if Metallica have the capability of headlining such a prestigious festival. They will be joined by Jack White, whose recent album, Lazaretto, broke the US first week vinyl sales record, and Lana Del Rey whose eagerly anticipated Born to Die follow-up, Ultraviolence, was released last week.

Jake Bugg will be headlining the Other Stage on Saturday, with Pixies and Manic Street Preachers performing just before him. Other acts include Bryan Ferry on West Holts Stage, Mogwai on The Park Stage and MGMT on the John Peel Stage.

The lineup for Sunday is the most exciting of the weekend, undoubtedly. With a range of acts from Dolly Parton to Disclosure, the final day of the festival will probably be the most hectic as people rush from stage to stage in an attempt to catch all the best acts. Kasabian will be headlining the final night on the Pyramid Stage, shortly after Ed Sheeran and The Black Keys. The Other Stage will welcome Bombay Bicycle Club, whose backing vocalist Lucy Rose will be performing earlier on in the day, the vocally-gifted Sam Smith, and Massive Attack who will be closing the set for the night.

Other acts for Sunday include Disclosure, London Grammar – who feature on the duo’s track, ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ – and James Blake.

Overall, the lineup for Glastonbury is not a disappointing one. It does have a few surprising acts, but that just adds to the diverse nature of the festival. As well as the popular well-known acts, there are a bunch of lesser-known bands and artists that may be worth seeing.

If, like me, you’re off to Glastonbury next week, and it’s your first ever festival, have a read of some tips to help you survive it!

 

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