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Stormzy, Hot Chip And IDLES: What To Watch At Glastonbury 2019

Esquire (UK) logo Esquire (UK) 15/03/2019 Olivia Ovenden
a couple of people that are talking to each other: The alternative gems to look out this year © Getty / Esquire UK The alternative gems to look out this year

Returning after an agonisingly long wait thanks to its traditional fallow year in 2018, Glastonbury has dropped its line-up for the 2019 festival this June. The Killers and The Cure are the headliners that will grace the Pyramid Stage, joining British rapper Stormzy who was confirmed to play months ago.

While no female artists make up the headline slots, 42% of the acts on the line-up are women, a result of the festival pushing for a more gender-balanced line-up. Amongst the female talent are solo artists Janet Jackson, Kylie, Ms Lauryn Hill and Miley Cyrus.

If you're staring at your ticket feeling disappointed Ariana Grande said "thank u, next" to performing or worrying you spent £200 to see a crowd waving their iPhones to 'Mr Brightside', don't panic. The scale and breadth of the festival means you're never going to be without something great to listen to.

Fresh from releasing one of the strongest reviewed albums of 2019 thus far, New Jersey singer Sharon Van Etten has been confirmed to play. Made with the producer behind records by St Vincent, Angel Olson and Future Islands, Remind Me Tomorrow is filled with atmospheric indie rock that should translate brilliantly to the festival.

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London rapper Stormzy previously played in 2017, but this time has been given a headline slot on the Friday evening which will should start the weekend with a bang. He may well use the high profile performance to make a big statement as he did at the Brit Awards in 2018 when calling out the British government over Grenfell Tower fire.

Both Tame Impala and Hot Chip will be at Worthy Farm, debuting music from eagerly anticipated albums due out in the next few months. Tame Impala's swaggering psychedelic rock will be sure to get crowds jumping - especially with their breakout hit 'Elephant'. Hot Chip have the festival many times over the years and always create an electrifying party atmosphere, with tens of thousands jumping to 'Over and Over' in 2010 and 2015.

The Chemical Brothers should give them a run for their money for a disco mosh-pit, though perhaps the rowdiest crowd will be for British punk band IDLES whose frontman Joe Talbot is a live wire to watch in action on stage.

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If you're after something a bit more cerebral, two of the most exciting talents in jazz at the moment have been named as performers. Californian saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been credited as the artist who might save jazz and hearing his soul-stirring 2018 album Heaven & Earth on stage, with all the instruments involved, sounds like the makings of a great Glastonbury moment. There's also British foursome Sons of Kemet whose Mercury-nominated 2018 album is a brilliant patchwork of different influences including ska, Afrobeat and grime, creating a truly unique sound. Pop queen Kylie Minogue will be present once again - a great mood-lifter for the final day when morale is being tested.

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Though this announcement makes up the bulk of who will be on stage over the weekend, there's sure to still be further additions later down the line. Will Swedish pop artist Robyn be there to play out her excellent recent album Honey, and get the whole crowd singing to Dancing On My Own? Will James Blake make a surprise appearance to showcase his album, or Frank Ocean pop up with the one he's rumoured to have out soon?

Even Jeremy Corbyn might be lured back to taking to the stage, though his White Stripes-inspired theme tune again being the anthem of the weekend seems a little less likely this year.


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