Preview Glastonbury 2014

DIY previews the biggest festival in the country, from headliners to the bands making their Glasto debut.

With every year that Glastonbury passes, there seems to be more of a cynical anti-hurrah about the headliners, a more frequent hysteria about the sodding weather - but when it gets into gear, those nagging thoughts immediately disappear. It’ll be the same for 2014, where a (relatively) diverse bunch of headliners lead a bill that features several names that might never have expected to play the fest.

2014’s bill places legends alongside newcomers, where proclaimed heroes share stages with plucky chancers. There’s no doubt a defining performance will come from this year’s line-up, but it’s difficult to identify who exactly will step up to the plate. Arcade Fire could prove naysayers wrong with a back catalogue-spanning triumph, but in the same respect, The War on Drugs and Lana Del Rey’s first encounters with the Pyramid Stage could prove equally as poignant.

Regardless, it’s a bill that brings some of the best back-to-backs in recent years; Manics into Pixies; electronic music’s lap of honour shared by Bonobo and Disclosure; St. Vincent and James Blake at the same bloody time.

Whether you’re still in the midst of planning, about to board the train to Somerset, or even if you’re stuck at home with a BBC marathon scheduled for the weekend, the DIY Glastonbury 2014 preview is separated between the headliners, those making their very first Glasto appearance and the even fresher faces (the exciting new bands) capable of making a big first impression.

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