Time to get excited, folks Glastonbury with it the chance to see of new music

Time to get excited, folks, Glastonbury looms and with it the chance to see a whole load of new music. There will be bands on their first run round the festival circuit and also a few artists you might think have played Glastonbury before but haven’t. Here’s our pick of six who have taken many years to make the journey to Worthy Farm and are more than worth the wait…

Katy Perry

Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran are headlining, all of whom have played before (the first two going all the way back to the 90s). In many ways, though, the big announcement this year was that Katy Perry was joining the bill. It’s a great booking – Katy loves it here in the UK, and she’s emblematic of quite how musically broad Glastonbury’s lineup has become in recent years. Before Glastonbury, though, be sure to check Katy’s set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull, 27-28 May.


NME have truly nailed their colours to the mast on this booking, saying in March: Sorry Ed, Shaggy’s going to deliver the biggest Glastonbury moment of 2017. Could they be right? The It Wasn’t Me and Oh Carolina singer certainly brings the nostalgia factor to the festival, and that’s been a winner in recent years, with hugely successful sets from the likes of Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton. And with 25 years in the game this year, Shaggy’s mastered how to give the crowd what they want.


Repping alongside Katy Perry on the pop side of things is the magnificent Lorde, also making her debut (and also playing the Big Weekend in Hull this weekend). Tantalisingly, the New Zealand star’s second album Melodrama will be out just before Glastonbury starts. Expect to hear plenty of songs from it, alongside all the big hits from 2013’s Pure Heroine.