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2013 Glastonbury Festival - Guide, Preview, Hints, Tips and Advice

Last year's London Olympic Games - and the subsequent shortage of portaloos and police - meant a 'fallow year' for Britain's most famous music festival. But this year the Glastonbury Festival is back with a vengeance, once again set to rock Worthy Farm hard between June 26th and 30th 2013. With tickets selling out in the record time of just 1 hour and 40 minutes, this year's festival is one of the most eagerly anticipated ever. The 2013 Glastonbury line-up truly spans all genres and generations of music, and even a bit of customary bad weather is unlikely to put a dampener on the proceedings as some of the biggest bands on the planet take to the stages. Make sure you don't miss something sensational with our PAAM volunteer recruitment 2013 Glastonbury Festival preview. If after reading about the plans for this year's Glastonbury Festival you're looking for more, be sure to check out our:

We posted our Glastonbury guides a couple of years ago and they’ve proved very popular, packed with all sorts of hints and tips including where to camp, the best bars, what to take and where to find the best toilets! In part two you’ll find insiders' info for getting more from Glastonbury, including the lowdown on markets, bandstand, the cider bus, green fields, the stone circle, the musical bike and much more! Now for the all-important 2013 Glastonbury lineup...

The Pyramid Stage

...probably the most instantly recognisable and iconic festival stage on the planet!

Arctic Monkeys

2013 Glastonbury Festival - Guide, Previews, Hints, Tips and Advice - Arctic Monkeys

Headlining on Friday, the Sheffield-spawned Mercury Prize winning post-punk revivalists stormed the music scene back in 2006 with the biggest selling debut album in the UK ever. If you haven't seen Arctic Monkeys live before, expect to be blown away by rapidly-delivered lyrics, fast-paced rock, and pop culture-packed ballads.

Dizzee Rascal

East London-born Dizzee employs broad soundscapes to deliver politically engaging hip hop beats, R&B, UK garage and grime. His machine-gun fire rapping is fast, frenetic and fabulous, and his diverse musical collaborations range from Florence and the Machine to The Arctic Monkeys, with whom he is sharing the stage on Friday.

The Vaccines

Also performing on Friday, these West London indie rockers have clearly hit the big time after their latest album Come of Age grabbed the #1 spot in 2012, followed this year by a stint supporting none other than The Rolling Stones. A proper guitar-based rock 'n' roll band, The Vaccines are sure to bring a bit of intimacy to The Pyramid.

The Rolling Stones

Glastonbury Festival - Guide, Previews, Hints, Tips and Advice - The Rolling Stones

If these aged rockers need any introduction, you probably bought your Glastonbury tickets by mistake. Surprisingly, Saturday will see The Stones' first ever appearance at Glastonbury, a festival that has been going almost as long as they have. We're expecting a string of special guests to join Mick, Ronnie, Keith and Charlie on the day, making for even more excitement. And for those who did get tickets by mistake, the wrinkly guy wearing the head-scarf and playing the guitar is Captain Jack Sparrow's father!

Primal Scream

These legendary musical madmen are set to fuse dance, house and psychedelic rock into something truly spectacular on Saturday night. The Scottish rockers broke into the public consciousness with their album Screamadelica in 1991, and have been an ever-present feature on the world's musical landscape ever since. Although unlikely to be quite as controversial as their 2005 Glastonbury appearance, which involved alleged Nazi salutes, altercations with officials and the defacement of a poster being auctioned for charity, Primal Scream's Glastonbury 2013 performance will no doubt harbour some surprises.

Elvis Costello

London born Costello, a keystone of the '70s new wave movement, boasts a dedicated retro cult following to this day. Vowing to quit the UK for good after his 2005 Glastonbury performance, this incredibly diverse singer-songwriter looks to have eaten his words as he returns to the stage on Saturday to wow a new audience with pretty ditties and clever lyrics.

Mumford & Sons

American flavoured folk/rock gurus Mumford & Sons are currently one of Britain's biggest musical exports. These four London boys are sure to deliver a foot-tapping, banjo twanging, guitar strumming, bass kicking, hootenanny of a hoedown on Sunday.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Broadly classed as alternative rock, this band has progressed through punk, gothic rock, blues and garage rock to form their own distinct sound. Sunday Glastonbury audiences can expect a suit-clad Mr Cave to deliver his observations on the darker side of the human condition in his distinctive drawl.

Vampire Weekend

2013 Glastonbury Preview - Vampire Weekend

Grown-up Columbia Uni graduates, American indie rockers Vampire Weekend will seamlessly weld intelligent lyrics with musical influences from around the world when they take to the Pyramid Stage on Sunday. The band's third album Modern Vampires of the City, a darker more organic offering than the first two, slammed in at #1 in the Billboard chart earlier this year. Other acts taking to the Pyramid Stage in 2013 include: Professor Green, Jake Bugg, Ben Howard, Billy Bragg, Rufus Wainwright and Kenny Rogers.

The Other Stage

...home of big-name acts and dancy headliners.


The notoriously press-averse Portishead will be delivering their distinctive brand of triphop when they headline The Other Stage on Friday. Beth Gibbons' beautiful vocals are bound to be as haunting as ever.

The Hives

Widely regarded as one of the best live garage rock bands around, The Hives are sure to serve up amusing crowd banter courtesy of singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist and some astonishing stage antics by his guitarist brother Nicholaus Arson on The Other Stage on Friday.

Chase & Status

2013 Glastonbury Festival - Guide, Previews, Hints, Tips and Advice - Chase and Status

Manchester student dropouts Saul Milton and Will Kennard are set to deliver liquid drum & bass alongside more mainstream club favourites on Saturday. Already a must-see on the summer festival scene, they are also sure to provide a dubstep and breakbeat fix for dance-hungry divas.


One of the best British electro-pop rappers around, the multi-talented Elliot Gleave boasts a CV that transcends stand-up comedy, filmmaking and even a stint in the props department of Star wars Episode III. Looking strangely like American actor Zack Braff, the English Example is sure to entertain on Saturday.

The XX

This English indie pop band's meteoric rise to fame culminated in them bagging the Mercury Music Prize for their debut album. The haunting and heavily-chorused guitar, subtle bass and minimal electronic drum beats of The XX will leave you tingling long after their Sunday set is over.

Of Monsters and Men

One of the biggest things to come out of Iceland since Bjork, these indie/folk rockers stormed the charts around the world with their single Little Talks last year. Their fairytale lyrics and infectious tunes will help make our Glastonbury Sunday that little bit brighter. Other acts taking to The Other Stage include: Smashing Pumpkins, Editors, Alabama Shakes, Azealia Banks, Tame Impala and The Staves.

The John Peel Stage

...the hot, sweaty home of newer acts.

Crystal Castles

Expect organised electronic chaos from one of the most intoxifying acts on the festival circuit as Crystal Castles headline the John Peel Stage on Friday. As their last album had a strict one-take-only recording policy, everything you see and hear from Ethan Kath and Alice Glass is likely to be truly original.


2013 Glastonbury Festival - Guide, Previews, Hints, Tips and Advice - Hurts

Slick synth-pop duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson first appeared on the John Peel stage in 2011, after which NME readers voted them the best Glastonbury performance of the year, beating down Pyramid headliners U2, Coldplay and Beyonce. Enough said! See them return with triumph on Saturday.


French alternative rockers Phoenix will be headlining the John Peel Stage on Sunday, when the audience can expect chunky guitars, solid drums and truly English lyrics. Singer Thomas Mars has a reputation for getting out among the fans during live performances, so fingers crossed he'll decide to spread the love this year. Other acts appearing on the John Peel Stage include: The Courteeners, Everything Everything, Tyler, The Creator and Earl, Bastille, Savages and Sweat Shirt. Acoustic Tent ...a chilled stage packed with quietly awesome talent.

Sinead O’Connor

2013 Glastonbury Festival - Guide, Previews, Hints, Tips and Advice - Sinead O'Connor

Although this Irish singer-songwriter appears to have mellowed with age, audiences can expect the same emotional intensity, compassion and romance she has always managed to deliver when Sinead O'Connor headlines in the Acoustic Tent on Friday.

The Bootleg Beatles

Widely appreciated as the best Beatles tribute band on the planet, the magnificently real performance and costumes of The Bootleg Beatles will have even the most ardent Fab Four fans doing more than a double-take on Saturday.

Lucinda Williams

Recognised as one of America's best songwriters, Lucinda's mix of blues, country, folk and rock is certain to grab her a host of new fans in the UK following her Glastonbury debut on Sunday. This blonde bombshell has been ranked among the likes of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and Keith Richards - and that's not bad company to be keeping! Other acts performing at the Acoustic Tent include: The Gypsy Queens, KT Tunstall, The Proclaimers, Steve Winwood, Martha Wainwright and Ricky Ross from Deacon Blue.

More than music

But Glastonbury is not just about the music, as the festival also showcases some of the brightest and best in comedy, theatre, cabaret, circus, dance and other arts. With more than 100 stages to explore throughout the site, we recommend finding some time to head over to Astrolabe, the Cabaret Tent, the Circus Big Top and the Summerhouse to catch some truly astonishing performances from the likes of Mundo Jazz, Lords of Strut, Lost Locos and Les Ooh La Las.