As we so often say, there is so much more to see at the Glastonbury Festival than those that perform on the famous Pyramid Stage, which garners the majority of the event’s TV coverage.
There is often a wealth of new talent and other treats to be found on the smaller stages. Here we give a run down of the best five acts to watch out for on the festival’s less well-known stages.
Amyl and the Sniffers- Williams Green, Friday 3pm
This Melbourne punk act may have an awful name but their music has been creating a real stir among music reviewers. Signed to Rough Trade Records last year, Amyl and the Sniffers’ debut self-titled album was released in May, 2019 and gained positive reviews from the likes of NME and Pitchfork.
Avi Buffalo – Williams Green, Sunday 2pm
US act Avi Buffalo, aka Avigdor Benyamin Zahner-Isenberg and band, wowed critics when he entered the music scene more than a decade ago. Having seen him live twice we can confirm he is an excellent live act. With new songs from his 2018 Panegyric release in tow he is not to be missed. We also hope he finds time to play some of his earlier releases, in particular the excellent single What’s In It For?
Fontaines D.C – Williams Green, Saturday 4pm and Leftfield, Sunday 6pm.
Irish band Fontaines DC are another act to impress music critics, in particular for the release of their debut album Dogrel this year, which reached the top ten in the UK and Ireland album charts. They also play at the Williams Green tent and if you miss them you can see them the next day at the Leftfield venue.
Low – John Peel, Saturday 6pm
Don’t let the tag ‘slowcore’ put you off this Minnesota three piece. They are fantastic and fun live. At one festival we saw them at, the lead singer successfully arranged a fun run around the site the day after their performance. At the John Peel stage this Sub Pop act are likely to showcase tracks from last year’s album Double Negative and we hope from previous releases such as The Invisible Way.
Shame – Williams Green, Saturday 8pm
South London act Shame have been impressing many since the release of their debut album Songs of Praise. As well as gaining critical acclaim they look like a fun live act too. In addition, they are yet another strong pick for the Glastonbury Festival Williams Green venue.
by Joe Lepper