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Glastonbury 2017

by Thomas H. Green

Glastonbury 2017

About this playlist

The party of the year is upon us, multitudes of stages playing every type of music imaginable. Whether you’re going to Glastonbury or not, we offer up a crisp, tight 30 song playlist to guide you, 24 carat gear all the way. Every sort of musical life is at Glastonbury, after all, thus we can flow easily from London Bhangra boosters the Dhol Foundation to the Hollywood uber-pop of Katy Perry, without batting an eyelid. Just like the Worthy Farm’s acres, you never know quite what’s coming next. The headliners are all present and correct, indeed, near the top of our playlist is one from Foo Fighters’s new album, the hefty rocker “The Feast and the Famine”, inspired by the Washington DC punk scene. Radiohead and Ed Sheeran are on board too, of course, but the one all those guys will be watching is Sunday afternoon special, Kris Kristofferson, a giant of country who wrote timeless songs such as “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night”, as well as the awesome “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, famously covered by Johnny Cash, which we feature.

Our playlist opens with Hot 8 Brass Band whose outrageously funky hip hop take on the trad New Orleans sound will be setting the Avalon field alight, meanwhile Napalm Death will be thrashing the far-flung denizens of Shangri-La into submission. By contrast, in Billy Bragg’s Leftfield tent Alison Moyet will be bringing an earthy jazz classiness to her headline evening.

Musically speaking, if Glastonbury says anything, it’s that we should never stay within our own sonic ghettos, we should always go exploring, Pop-dance party people heading for Clean Bandit shouldn’t be afraid to be distracted by someone they’ve never heard of along the way, maybe the country-punkin’ sound of Skinny Lister. Whatever comes, swig a cider and lend it an ear. That’s the way it is in those Somerset fields, and that’s the way it is here, so hit play and get amongst it.

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