Five incredible live acts to enhance your Glastonbury experience

We pick out five boundary pushing acts that dazzle multiple senses, in order to enhance your Glastonbury experience in more ways than one.

Ben Smith

Date published: 17th Jun 2015

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It'd take more than a round trip to take in every artist on your Glastonbury checklist, and assuredly to scale its grounds. It's a festival that demands you wander, get lost in the unexpected and emerge without a clue of how you got there. 

Approach Glastonbury with an open mind, free from a strict itinerary but rather a loose checklist of what you're desperate to experience. We'd recommend a similar approach for your musical listening, with hundreds maybe thousands of acts pencilled in there's more than enough to discover. 

Keeping away from the Pyramid Stage, we've picked our shots at the rest of the line up in search of artists that will more than match the spectacle. We could have put your clash finder on red alert, and invariably our own, but we've plunged for five that tick multiple boxes when it comes to producing the stand out moments.  

The Gaslamp Killer Experience - West Holts (Friday 17:30 - 18:30)

It provided one of the spectacles of Coachella, and Glastonbury's performance will undoubtedly follow. Combining hip hop, acid rock and psychedelia, The Gaslamp Killer Experience is a jaw dropping meltdown of sound and visual wonderment that must be seen to be believed. 

Courtney Barnett - Williams Green (Saturday 18:30 - 19:10) 

Melbourne's rawest talent, singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett will actually feature on the Pyramid stage, but it's on the Williams Green where we know she'll work best. The intimacy of this slot is sure to capture the finest moments of her loosely pop hinged debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit that's also got a garage rock spring in its step. 

The Maccabees - Other Stage (Saturday 19:05 - 20:05)

If we're completely honest, we're amazed that The Maccabees aren't featuring on the Pyramid Stage. They're arguably at their peak of their powers, and with Marks To Prove It on it's way this will be the first chance to catch the bulk of that live. The singles have already proved themselves worthy and if Orlando's voice was ever suited to a moment, it'd be a sun down slot at Glastonbury. 

Future Islands - Other Stage (Sunday 17:15 - 18:15)

As one of the stand out bands of last year, the festival season has been crying out for Future Islands. Glastonbury is the grandest of them all, and a platform where the unorthodox synth-pop trio will prosper. Herring's deep and soulful vocals are unlike anything you've heard before, lending magnificently to recent single The Chase that will form a priceless festival moment.

GOAT - The Park Stage (Sunday 21:00 - 22:15)

Representative of many things Glastonbury stands for, GOAT are an experimental rock band from Sweden rooted in psychedelia. They provide an off kilter experience like no other, largely operating with flavours outside of the western hemisphere. Combining all of that into an acid drenched rock sound, they sugar coat the spectacle by performing in mystifying tribal dress. 

Head here for Glastonbury's entire line up and set times

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