If there’s going to be one “sold out” this summer season, it promises to be festival grandaddy. The “classic” UK music festival, it has to take its place at the pinnacle of the international festival calendar. After a year’s break (the organizers took a break for the summer of 2012) the festival returns June 28 to 30 with its mix of new stars, young performers and groups which have made not only the history of music but have become icons of an entire era. We only need one name to justify the trip to Glastonbury: the Rolling Stones, who promise an incendiary performance decades after their debut. But the rolling fields of Somerset will also be hosting contemporary acts in the form of Mumford & Sons, with their new folk sentimentality, and the guitar-driven pop of the Arctic Monkeys, the perfect party band. Every genre will be represented. There will be star of London dubstep grime scene Dizzee Rascal and even Chic, “masters” of New York disco, once again in the spotlight thanks to the involvement of guitarist Nile Rodgers in the new Daft Punk single ‘Get Lucky’, which we recently featured here at Tia Maria. Watch out too for Rita Ora, Portishead, who defined the sound of UK trip-hop, and soul singer Rokia Traore. In short, the indispensable music festival: three days of mind-blowing acts and a chance to witness British musical royalty, the Rolling Stones. Who could want more?


Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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