The Cure, Idles, Loyle Carner — six must-see Glastonbury Festival 2019 sets

Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - April 14: Oren Marshall of Sons of Kemet Performs at Transition Festival on April 14, 2018 in Utrecht, Netherlands. Photo by Peter Van Breukelen

The Glastonbury Festival 2019 line-up continues to amaze and here are six sets you cannot miss.

Glastonbury Festival is one of the most popular and highly regarded music festivals in the world. Tickets are in hot demand every time it runs thanks to the event's reputation and consistently stellar bill of talented musicians and acts. Taking place at Worthy Farm near Pilton, Somerset in England, fans of the arts descend onto the site more and more eager with every passing year to become apart of the festival's rich history. 

This year's line up is headlined by Stormzy, The Killers and The Cure, all of which are expected to deliver a show to remember. However the lineup - as usual - boasts so much more than the mighty headline acts. So, let's consider some of the other acts. As of yet, here are the six acts appearing across the weekend that you should prioritise:

The Cure

English rock band The Cure formed in 1976 and have since made history. Often considered one of the greatest bands of all time, they have sculpted such classic records as 1982's Pornography, 1985's The Head on the Door, 1989's Disintegration. Contrary to many of the acts across the line-up, seeing The Cure perform can be considered somewhat of a rarity. 

Of all three headliners, these are the ones you won't want to miss. The chance to see them perform such unforgettable hits as “Friday I'm In Love“, “Just Like Heaven“, “Boys Don't Cry“, “Inbetween Days“ and more shouldn't be taken for granted. Be there.


English post-punk outfit Idles formed in 2009 but have risen to considerable heights with the release of their second studio album, Joy as an Act of ResistanceAlthough categorised narrowly to introduce them, the Bristol band favour hybridity and display a wide influence of genres. Already renowned for their energetic live shows, these are predicted to perform one of the most frenzied sets across the weekend. 

Since the release and subsequent success of their 2018 record, music fans are flocking to Idles in droves. We can certainly see why because this is a sound which demands attention; you'd better give it to them. 

Loyle Carner

Loyle Carner is hands down one of the most important names in UK hip-hop right now. His debut album - 2017's  Yesterday's Gone - was nominated for the Mercury Prize, with critics and fans hailing his unique approach to the genre. The album is terrific, but he's already exhibiting rapid improvement with the release of new material. 

His next album is hotly anticipated thanks to the release of such phenomenal cuts as “Ottolenghi“, “You Don't Know“ and “Loose Ends“ - the last of which may just be the best song of 2019 so far. As an artist, he's incredibly intimate; his music feels so personal and revealing that it's hard not to feel a deep connection with him, not just as an artist, but as a friend. It's incredibly difficult to nurture such feelings in your fans, but Loyle Carner is never one to ignore a challenge. 

Sons of Kemet

British jazz group Sons of Kemet may not be quite as high on the bill as the other acts mentioned, but nevertheless, these should not be missed at any cost. They won Best Jazz Act at the MOBO Awards in 2013 and have continued to win over listeners with the release of some magnificent projects. 

They are an incredibly unique act; nothing proves this more than their third album, 2018's Your Queen Is a Reptile. It's an entertaining, engaging and socially stirring release, and was actually named by The Wire as the best album of 2018. It's certainly up there, so if you haven't heard of them be sure to check out their set. You'll be hooked. 

Vampire Weekend

Indie darlings Vampire Weekend are back with new material and just in time for festival season. As their music makes abundantly clear, the New York City outfit have long been a festival favourite for their anthemic hits and summery vibe. Their return to Glastonbury Festival shouldn't be underestimated and equipped with forthcoming record Father of the Bride, it's sure to be a sight. 

It's their first project in over half a decade, acting as a belated follow-up to the phenomenal Modern Vampires of the City. We're sure the group will have something special in store with this one, and where better to catch it live than Glastonbury? Hopefully, the sun is shining for them. 

Kamasi Washington

American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been a prominent name in recent years. The California musician is celebrated as one of the most exciting jazz acts working today, with four studio albums under his belt. However, none are more impressive than the 2015 masterpiece, The Epic

It is as the title suggests, the artist's debut on a major label stood in at a whopping 173 minutes in length; yet, it's a pleasure from start to finish. It's not exactly casual listening, but it's always a satisfying experience spending time with Washington's ambitious record. The same can be said for his most recent album, 2018's Heaven and Earth, which is arguably even wider in scope. You will not want to miss this set. 

 There you have it! Of course, there are so many acts that deserve attention, but these definitely deserve the spotlight. With many more acts to be announced, Glastonbury Festival is the place to be on the 26 - 30 June. 

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