Festivals: Glastonbury 2017 Preview & Playlist

The gates have officially been opened, the crowds are descending on Pilton, and the finest event of the year is about to kick-off…

Glastonbury 2017 once again boasts a plethora of incredible talent, ambitious art, politics, areas of wonder and drama, fields of calm and tranquility, sensational food and delicious drinks, and essentially, a party like no other!

Here we offer you our picks for the weekend, along with a couple of tips for making the most of your trip, and of course our big belter of a playlist to play loud from the car today, or from the tent tomorrow. So here goes…

TFFT’S GLASTONBURY PICKS!

Inevitably, there’s going to be some clashes, but Glastonbury hosts the biggest range of musical greatness that can be found on a farm – so no complaining! Whilst the headliners are always going to attract the big crowds (and so they should!) we’re offering our folky picks and recommendations for this weekend…

Friday
14:00 – William’s Green – Pictish Trail
14:30 – Acoustic Stage – Emily Barker
14:45 – Pyramid Stage – First Aid Kit
15:00 – Park Stage – Hamilton Leithauser
15:40 – Avalon Stage – Lianne La Havas
16:15 – Pyramid Stage – Kris Kristofferson
17:10 – Avalon Stage – Jesca Hoop
18:00 – Park Stage- Angel Olsen
19:05 – Other Stage – George Ezra
21:00 – LeftField – Billy Bragg
22:45 – Other Stage – The Flaming Lips

Saturday
12:05 – Other Stage – Whitney
12:50 – Avalon Stage – Wildwood Kin
14:45 – Other Stage – Wild Beasts
16:00 – Pyramid Stage – Jeremy Corbyn
17:10 – Avalon Stage – Will Varley
18:40 – Avalon Stage – Kathryn Williams
19:45 – Pyramid Stage – The National
19:45 – Park Stage – Songhoy Blues
21:00 – John Peel Stage – Father John Misty
22:00 – Rabbit Hole – Isaac Gracie
23:00 – Park Stage – Warpaint

Sunday
12:45 – West Holts Stage – Ryley Walker
13:00 – John Peel Stage – Real Estate
14:15 – Pyramid Stage – Laura Marling
16:00 – William’s Green – Keston Cobblers Club
16:20 – Acoustic Stage – Justin Townes Earle
16:50 – Avalon Stage – Kiefer Sutherland
18:00 – Park Stage – Nick Mulvey
18:20 – Avalon Stage – Lucy Rose
18:40 – William’s Green – Marika Hackman
20:30 – John Peel Stage – London Grammar
21:30 – Acoustic Stage – Ani DiFranco

They’re our thoughts, but whoever you go and see, we’re sure you’ll be in for an absolute treat. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the dozens of surprise guests and sets each day, plus those bands that you didn’t quite spot when first scanning the extensive lineup, for example; Johnny Depp showing up, Shaggy closing the Sunday night at the Gully, or Busted on the Avalon Stage, Saturday at 15:45!

TFFT’S GLASTONBURY TIPS!

Those who have been heading to Worthy Farm for many years will be well aware of the enormity that is Glastonbury Festival, which boasts hundreds of areas, bars, clubs, forests, bandstands, fields, hot tubs, parades, cafes, cinemas, helter-skelters and diners…plus loads more! It’s unlikely that you’ll see and do it all, but don’t worry! What you will have is the most unique experience of your life, so immerse yourself. And, as the Eavis’ always say, if in doubt, just wander! That said, we do have a couple of tips for those taking their first trip to the farm…

Don’t bother making a plan. Pretty ironic eh! But Glastonbury is a place where the most exciting moment or music of the year might be just around the corner, and you didn’t even know it existed. We’ve had loads of these experiences at the festival over the past 10 years, and even if you get to see half the bands you intended to, then that’s pretty good going!

Make sure you head to the Park. Emily Eavis’ personally-picked stage is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, and along with another exceptional lineup, we’re predicting there will be a bunch of surprises as well! In the past, we’ve seen Radiohead, Pulp, Biffy Clyro and Jack White all make unannounced appearances, and it wouldn’t be a Glastonbury party without a shock! The surrounding area is stunning as well, with bars, clubs, secret stages (definitely make time for the Crow’s Nest!), plus the famous Glastonbury sign on the beautiful hill

Spend some time in the Green and Healing fields. Away from the Pyramid Stage and the pounding bass of the dance area, there is a place to reflect, relax and appreciate the rural nature that people may sometimes forget at Glastonbury. It’s a wonderous place, where massages, workshops, incredible food and friendly faces around campfires are on all offer. Not forgetting, the perfect place to lie-own when enduring a pounding hangover! These areas also lead to the stone circle, our third tip for Glasto virgins…

The Stone Circle is a somewhat mysterious place to those yet to head to Worthy Farm. If, like we once did, you newcomers spent the days before embarking on Glastonbury poring over pictures of the site, not knowing exactly what to expect, the Stone Circle will have crossed your mind on several occasions. But it’s only when you get there and feel its pull, that you’ll truly appreciate it. Tonight, it is the place to be, as fireworks and bonfire flames light up the sky. And tomorrow, we recommend heading back, staying up until the early hours and watching your first Glastonbury sunrise…ignore all the dealers trying to flog poppers, and sit back with a loved one, a glass of something tasty and drink the whole experience it. We promise you that you’ll never forget it!

In the evening, you’ll never witness anything as remarkable as the South East Corner, home to the effervescent late night spots of Shangri-La, Glasto Latino, The Common, Unfairground and Block9. It’s bonkers, it’s nuts, it’s…Glastonbury! This area represents the crazier side of the festival. Away from the bands, away from the Healing Fields, away from the tents and the car parks, you’ll find a new city, home to all-night raves, circus acts, burlesque, dancing robots, and some splendidly fucked up people!

But most of all, enjoy yourself, do what you want and make the most of it. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…Glastonbury is a haven. It’s an experience like no other, and who knows when you’ll get the chance to visit again. It’s also a fallow year next year, so we demand you immerse yourself an extra bit more, to make up for next Summer! Now get in the car, get in the queue, get your tent set up and all the while, blast out our Glastonbury 2017 Playlist!…