Glastonbury 2013 playlist: 10 essential acts to discover

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Have you browsed through the line-up page on the official Glastonbury website yet? It would give War and Peace a run for its money in the word count stakes (OK, maybe not quite, but you get the point).

If you’re heading to Worthy Farm this week, you may still be plotting your itinerary for the festival. In that case, may we heartily recommend ten of the most exciting acts at the gargantuan festival.

Glastonbury playlist

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François & the Atlas Mountains

Friday, John Peel Stage, 11am

There are plenty opportunities to get your Gallic fix at Glastonbury this weekend, but may we recommend this French/British pop collective. Led by Bristol-based French musician François Marry of Camera Obscura, they mix Afropop influences into their serene sonic jangle.

Mount Kimbie

Friday, Sonic, 1.30pm

The Warp Records-signed, London-based pairing of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos are one of the most exciting electronic acts around, having produced remixes for the likes of Foals, The xx and The Big Pink. Their recent second album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth has only bolstered their white-hot status.

Peace

Friday, John Peel Stage, 3pm

West Midlands quartet Peace are the latest toast of the indie disco, boasting the regulation floppy fringes, but with the guitar hooks to justify the hype.

Rustie

Friday, WOW!, 12midnight

Another star of the Warp stable, this Glasgow-based producer is making waves with his big, bombastic, distorted, cross-genre beats. Following in the footsteps of close contemporary Hudson Mohawke, his debut album Glass Swords sent him on an upward trajectory.

Rokia Traoré

Saturday, Pyramid Stage, 11am

Malian singer and guitarist Rokia Traoré is earning considerable acclaim with her latest album Beautiful Africa, and her gentle weaving of traditional African instrumentation with her subtle, soothing vocals could be the ideal way to start your Saturday.

The Strypes

Saturday, John Peel Stage, 4pm

Although their devotion to 1960s rhythm’n’blues is a little obvious, The Strypes have been turning heads with their youthful chutzpah and energy, and now look set to become a big deal. They’re sure to go down well at Glasto.

Holy Esque

Saturday, BBC Introducing, 4.30pm

This Glasgow band’s appeal has a lot to do with singer Pat Hynes‘ quivering, pained vocals, but that distinctive feature is wedded to their soaring, vaulted squalls of guitar and heavy, rumbling drums. They are definitely worth seeking out on Saturday afternoon.

Daughter

Saturday, BBC Introducing, 8.25pm

If the Rolling Stones really don’t do it for you, you could do a lot worse than track down Daughter, who headline the BBC Introducing stage on Saturday. The London indie-folk trio are currently riding the crest of a wave with debut album If You Leave.

Stornoway

Sunday, Other Stage, 1.30pm

They have previously won Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Award, and this Oxford band (don’t be fooled by the name) will offer the perfect  lyrically yearning pop-folk for a Sunday afternoon.

Joy Orbison

Sunday, WOW!, 10.30pm

Joy Orbison (real name Peter O’Grady) burst on to the scene in 2009 with ‘Hyph Mngo’. An immediate follow up was expected but never happened – at least, not for a while.  But what came after was hit after hit and his remixes for the likes of Lana Del Rey. His sets are equally in demand.

Listen to our Glastonbury playlist:

Glastonbury 2013: More info on WOW247

And if you don’t have a ticket, check out our summer festivals guide to find an alternative.

Are you going to Glastonbury this year? Who will you be seeing?

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Nick is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor, covering music, pop culture and comedy.

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