London – Glastonbury has announced the first major tranche of acts to play at this summer’s festival alongside headliners, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran. Returnees include Royal Blood, who went down a storm as a relatively unknown act in 2014, same year crowd pleasers Haim, Father John Misty, who graced The Park stage in 2015 and has a new album Pure Comedy out this week, 2015 Emerging Talent winner Declan McKenna and UK trio, London Grammar. Blossoms are also back after impressing on The Other Stage last year while those making their first ever Glastonbury appearances include New Zealand’s Lorde, the UK’s Rag’n’Bone Man and New Yorkers, The Lemon Twigs. Meanwhile the final 8 in the 2017 Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition is being announced today – news of that will follow shortly.
One act that really ought to catch the ears of Glastonbury stage bookers, Lux Lisbon has a powerhouse of a new single out. With shades of Brue Springsteen meets the Cars about it, “When You Need Somebody” is from LL’s forthcoming EP, enigmatically titled Change (To Stay The Same). The British four-piece has announced a five-night UK tour culminating in a show at iconic London Scala on 27 April. Lux Lisbon takes its name from a character, one of five sisters, in The Virgin Suicides, the 1993 debut novel by American writer Jeffrey Eugenides. The book was made into a 1999 movie by Sofia Coppola as her directorial debut. The harmony-rich Indie-Pop-Rock band pitches itself as the biggest 100% D.I.Y band in the UK, with its entire marketing team comprising songwriter Stuart Rook and his laptop. One way or another the ‘team’ has built a formidable fan base so far.
Sitting somewhere between Brit Pop and classic American Rock, UK outfit Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles has a UK tour underway and a new single, “Always Something” out. The song offers an understated commentary on the mistiming of affections, powered by brisk, fluid guitar work and more than a hint of autobiography in Bibby’s engaging vocal. Interviewed by Best New bands last year, Billy Bibby has been busy building a following for his new band which followed his departure from Catfish & The Bottlemen. To add to the current tour the band has a number of festivals lined up with Tramlines (July 21) and Kendal Calling (27-30 July) announced so far. Err, Glastonbury… maybe?
Tony’s great passion in life is music and nothing gives him more pleasure than unearthing good, original new music and championing independent musicians. His association with Best New Bands brings great opportunities for this. He also writes for Consequence of Sound and is a judge for Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition.
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