Sunday night at Glastonbury saw Mumford and Sons headline the Pyramid stage, they closed the festival to an ecstatic crowd that had become a blur of thousands of sunburnt heads and floppy hats. In recent years, Mumford had played tucked away on a small Glasto stage to a handful of people. Proof that Glastonbury is the place to spot a band before they catapult to the dizzy heights of headline status.
With hundreds of stages filled with acts from all musical varieties you’re bound to find your new favourite band at Glastonbury. It is the festival where you can flex your musical muscles and step out of your comfort zone to find some new grooves- if you can tear yourself away from the headliners that is. Emily Stockham made it her mission to seek out the bands that have been tipped to be big...
Deap Vally: One word: Badass. Okay, maybe I will describe them in more than one word but badass is basically Deap Vally in a nutshell. These ladies have just this week released their debut album; ‘Sistrionix’ and I recommend that you all buy it immediately. With Lindsey on vocals and guitar backed up by Julie on drums it’s hard to believe that two people can make so much noise. They are loud, fierce and super talented- not to mention they always rock denim cut offs and bikinis on stage- babein’ or what? They played their first London show in July 2013 yet these ladies are already building a following. The rock’n’roll duo played to a packed John Peel Stage on Saturday at Glasto and they fully-lived up to the hype. Scuzzy, White Stripes-esque good old fashioned rock’n’roll. Check out tracks: ‘Lies’ and ‘Gonna make my own money’.
The Staves: Three sisters from Watford with a beautiful folk album that has landed them the title of “three Laura Marling duplicates”. Emily, Camilla and Jessica can easily be compared to Marling thanks to their waifish pixie-like appearances and quiet yet compelling vocals that are layered over finger-picked acoustic guitars. Yet despite the folky attributes they cite influences from sixties pop groups with incredible harmonies. The album is absolutely beautiful and these girls are well worth a watch. If you needed any more proof of how lovely and talented these ladies are, they were also invited to join Mumford and Sons to sing onstage at the end of their headline set- talk about a seal of musical approval
Matt Corby: My little Glastonbury guide booklet that was thrust into my hand as I entered the festival said, “Matt Corby: if you’re going to listen to one new artist, make damn sure it’s him”. Thanks for verifying that Glasto, you were right. Matt Corby has been swirling around the musical sphere for a few years now but he has really come into his own in the UK music scene, essentially re-launching himself in 2013. From Sydney, Australia this 22 year old singer songwriter can be categorised with the likes of Passenger, Ben Howard et al. Having release a few EP’s is currently recording his debut album. Check out his rendition of Black Key’s tune, ‘Lonely Boy’ and his single, ‘Brother’. Beautiful, melancholic acoustic tunes fronted fantastic and honest vocals.
Last Night in Paris: I headed along to La Pussy Parlure stage on Sunday to catch the crew who are bringing a bit of class to the world of hip-hop and have been hailed as the UK’s hottest Art collective. This little venue housed an amped up crowd, waiting to see something fresh and that’s exactly what was given. South London collective, Last Night in Paris, have been making waves on the Internet for some time now with a mixture of Rap, Art and a passion for good threads- ‘Baroque hop’ anyone? These guys are clever lyricists and have some amazing beats to boot. London’s alternative to The Weeknd and N*E*R*D- their debut mix tape, ‘Roses’ is the perfect piece of Indie R&B. With various members and side projects involving music productions, live performances, short films, art and fashion, they're a thrilling prospect. Check out ‘Breathe’ and ‘Too many Stars’ from the Roses EP.