With Glastonbury on the horizon, Getintothis Craig MacDonald picks the Ones to Watch from the North West at this year’s event.
Next week marks the start of Glastonbury and with it, thousands of artists from all corners of the arts world will join tens of thousands of revellers decending upon Pilton as millions watch the spectacle unfold all over the world. It is quite simply, the music event of the summer.
Joining those in Somerset for the 2016 edition will be an abundance of talent from the North West. Here we take a look at the Ones to Watch at this year’s bash, together with where they are on over the week and a handy playlist to keep you going through the seemingly never ending queues.
Now in its 46th year, Glastonbury is still regarded as arguably the biggest festival in the world but as everyone knows, Glastonbury is more than just the headliners, as this list shows.
She Drew The Gun: Rabbit Hole, 4pm, June 23/ Greenpeace, 2:50pm, June 25/ John Peel, 11am, June 26
Playing a host of stages over the weekend, the group are primed to take Worthy Farm by storm with their poetic songs and transfixing melodies.
Clean Cut Kid: William’s Green, 8pm, June 23
The quartet’s fantastic pop hooks lodge themselves deep into your soul and are bound to be one of the early highlights of the weeks action.
Blossoms: Other Stage, 12:30pm, June 24
Kicking off the weekends proceedings at Glastonbury early on the Other Stage will be Stockport’s finest, Blossoms, who having supported The Stone Roses this week will be ready to get Friday off with a bang.
With their meteoric rise showing no sign of slowing down any time soon and their debut album due out in the next few weeks, this is bound to be a busy one for the indie darlings.
Bugzy Malone: Sonic, 1:15pm, June 24
Having just released his new EP Facing Time and leading the northern grime scene, Bugzy Malone will be bringing his supercharged live show to Sonic on Friday afternoon.
Spitting some of the slickest rhymes around, the MC is proving that the grime scene is more then capable of flourishing north of Watford and is one of the brightest artist around.
The Vryll Society: BBC Introducing, 4pm, June 24
Europhric psych quintet and GIT Award nominees The Vryll Society will be sending bodies and minds into a state of frenzy at the BBC Introducing stage on Friday afternoon.
Easily one of the best live bands around, the group craft mesmerising songs that take over you in an instant as you fall victim to their kaleidoscopic grooves.
Frances: Pussy Parlour, 4:50pm, June 24
Having honed her skills at LIPA, the emotive sound of Frances makes an appearance over at Pussy Parlour on Friday as she looks to play songs from her forthcoming debut album, due for release later this year.
With nominees for the BRIT’s Critics Choice Award and BBC Sound of 2016 already in the bag, her appearance at Glastonbury could cap off an amazing year for the exceptional songwriter.
Man & The Echo: Leftfield, 6pm, June 24/ Rabbit Hole, 11pm, June 26
Hailing from Warrington, Man & The Echo create a cauldron of post-punk, pop and northern soul, together with a good dollop of 60s psych to make a unique sound like no other.
The quartet will be a befitting of both stages they play over the weekend, as they play the Leftfield Stage early on Friday evening before keeping the party going at The Rabbit Hole on Sunday evening.
Shura: Other Stage, 12pm, June 25
Fusing together elements of 80s pop goodness with the grind of 90s R&B is no easy task, but this comes as second nature to Manchester’s Shura, who kicks Saturday of in style when she takes to the Other Stage.
With her debut album, Nothing’s Real, set for release next month, the stage is set for the twenty three year old to make her mark on this years event.
Ady Suleiman: Pussy Parlour, 3pm, June 25
Having long been under our radar, former LIPA pupil Ady Suleiman celebrates the release of his debut single Running Away with a spot at the Pussy Parlour on Saturday afternoon.
Blending together tinged of R&B, hip hop and reggae, Suleiman will be the perfect does of feel good vibes that you will need to gear you up for the night’s antics.
Låpsley: John Peel, 3:10pm, June 25
With her stunning debut album Long Way Home released earlier in the year, former GIT Award One to Watch winner Låpsley takes to the John Peel stage on Saturday having won rave reviews throughout the festival season.
With her take on Neo-pop infused electronica proving that she is one of the most promising songwriters around, this should be a true treat for those lucky enough to fit in the tent.
Floating Points: Park Stage, 8pm, June 25
Having arguably produced one of the sets of the summer at Sound City last month, Floating Points will be ready to own The Park Stage up Pennard Hill on Saturday night.
The Manchester deck maestro is set to drop his latest EP Kuiper next month and you can expect peaks and valleys of glistening ambient jazz fusion.
Radio Exotica: Block 9, 3am, June 26
If there was any reason as to why you should see Glastonbury through to the end, then that reason is Radio Exotica.
Playing the dishevelled splendour of Block 9 the early hours of Monday morning, the group will be spinning you into a different time and place with their sonic journey around the globe in what looks set to be a fitting finale to this year’s festivities.