With Glastonbury Festival just around the corner we’ve put together a handy guide to Absolute artists performing at this year’s festival. From Barney Artist to BABYMETAL you will find info on each as well as set times and locations below.
Metal | Other Stage | Sunday 14:35 – 15:15
Japanese kawaii metal rockers BABYMETAL bring their combination of powerful metal sound and dance performances to Worthy Farm. Catch them Sunday afternoon on the Other Stage.
Hip-Hop/Rap | The Rum Shack | Thursday 22:30 – 23:30
Barney Artist is a 27-year-old east Londoner from Forest Gate who fuses 90s era boom bap hip-hop with jazz for a refreshing sound hearkening back to legends such as A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots, and taking influence from prolific UK artists including Kano and Ghostpoet. Barney performs at The Rum Shack on Thursday night.
Ferris & Sylvester
Folk, Blues Rock
Strummerville | Thursday 18:30 – 19:00
BBC Music Introducing | Friday 17:25 – 17:50
The Rabbit Hole | Friday 21:00 – 22:00
Greenpeace | Sunday 15:00 – 15:45
With clear references in their catchy setup to the mid-60s sounds of Greenwich Village combined with their meatier blues tones, Ferris & Sylvester sit somewhere between Jack White and First Aid Kit. With their eyes fixed on their début album, the duo have expanded their sound into deeper and darker places uncovering the depths of human relationships in their writing. With four sets over course of the weekend Ferris & Sylvester will be hard to miss at this year’s festival. Catch them at Strummerville, BBC Music Introducing, The Rabbit Hole and Greenpeace.
Andy C + Tonn Piper
Drum & Bass | Arcadia’s Pangea | Monday 01:00 – 02:00 (Sunday Night)
Fresh out of his 13-week run in XOYO’s subterranean main room drum & bass champion Andy C hits Arcadia’s brand-new Pangea stage on the Sunday night (early hours Monday) of the festival. Andy’s main signature motif as a DJ is that he’s guaranteed to be packing tracks that no other DJ has. Hunting, digging, searching and signing: he is constantly immersed in new music ensuring a wholly unique experience when you see him live.
Pop | Avalon Stage | Sunday 19:50 – 20:50
Bananarama own a corner of the 80s every bit as idiosyncratic, influential and compelling as Pet Shop Boys or The Smiths. With an incredible 32 UK top 40 singles Bananarama hold the Guinness World Record for being the girl band with the most chart entries in history. Bananarama will be at the Avalon Stage on Sunday evening.
Pop | BBC Music Introducing | Sunday 12:00 – 12:25
Born in North-London to a Punjabi father and a mother from the midlands, AMiR has always had a burning passion for music. Since the tender age of two, AMiR has been an all-out music obsessive. Spending his formative years learning guitar, piano and drums, AMiR has worked to become the complete musician. AMiR crafts all his own melodies and lyrics, delivering them with his trademark funky vocal style. AMiR will be opening the BBC Music Introducing stage on Sunday.
Keston Cobblers Club
Folk Pop | Avalon Café Stage | Thursday 16:00 – 16:55
Hailing from Bromley and with a name inspired by an 18th century violinist cobbler who had a penchant for dancing in public, Keston Cobblers Club are a contemporary folk-pop collective known for their invigorating use of organic instruments and feel-good summer melodies. You can catch them Thursday afternoon at the Avalon Café.
The Lottery Winners
Alt/Indie Rock | The Rabbit Hole | Sunday 01:00 – 02:00 (Saturday Night)
Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners combine momentous 90’s inspired guitar pop melodies with a Morrissey-esque, humorous yet wistful lyricism. The band has built an extensive and loyal fanbase through consistent touring, earning a reputation for hugely entertaining, blisteringly loud live shows. The Lottery Winners play The Rabbit Hole on Saturday night (early hours Sunday).
Marti Pellow The Voice of Wet Wet Wet
Vocal Pop | Acoustic Stage | Saturday 18:45 – 19:45
Marti Pellow was 17 when he co-founded Wet Wet Wet with Neil Mitchell, Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham, and Graeme Duffin. Whilst he was best known as the frontman for the long-running Scottish pop group, Marti Pellow has also enjoyed success as a solo act. Marti Pellow performs Saturday afternoon on the Acoustic Stage.
John Illsley The Life & times of Dire Straits “An Afternoon of Music & Memories”
Rock / Singer/Songwriter | Acoustic Stage | Saturday 17:30 – 18:30
John Illsley a founder member of Dire Straits plays classics from the Dire Straits catalogue and reveals the story and development of the band from its humble beginnings in a council flat in South London, to playing all over the world to millions of fans. Join John Illsley at the Acoustic Stage on Saturday for an afternoon of music and memories.
Rock | Avalon Stage | Sunday 22:50 – 23:50
British rockers Reef formed in Street, a small town outside of Glastonbury and return this year to headline the Avalon Stage on Sunday night. Expect to hear the classics alongside material from their acclaimed 2018 album ‘Revelation’.
Singer/Songwriter | Acoustic Stage | Sunday 20:00 – 21:00
Albert Hammond OBE is a Gibraltarian singer, songwriter and record producer who achieved early success as an artist with his song “It Never Rains in Southern California,” and has since built a multi-faceted career as an artist, songwriter and producer in both English-speaking and Latin markets. What sets Albert Hammond apart as a songwriter, earning him induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2008 is that Albert doesn’t just write hits—he writes classics. Albert plays the Acoustic Stage on Sunday evening.