Glastonbury isn’t just one of the most undisputed and famous festivals in the world but with much evolvement, there’s a few things that haven’t changed. There may have been price hikes, missing years (sob sob,) but you can’t say that the weather isn’t consistently inconsistent. No matter how different the visitors may be, they’re all there for one musically diverse and soul lifting experience and for me it’s always inspiring to uncover musical gems.


There’s an incredibly stellar line up from the festival’s Emerging Talent Competition which admittedly excites us at Backstaage as we rate home grown music, acts that have stayed on their grind. An upcoming event will showcase the 8 shortlisted acts and determine who performs prestigiously at Glastonbury between Wednesday 21st- Sunday 25th June.

Flohio (pronounced flow-hi-yo) has a female rap tone that is untouched, so often people not really sure of the genre would state that it all sounds the same but Flohio goes to show rap can be distinctive and passionate. She’s like a spoken word artist on Pro Plus.

Josh Barry has had great success and he’s been on my radar for many years. Having featured heavily as lead vocalist for many Dance names including SG Lewis and Friction, his soulful voice is going it alone this time.


TYNI, with a gun probably held against her head would describe herself as pop, but she’s not really into labelling her music. We’d liken her to Sheffield’s homage to and would happily listen to ‘fighter’ on repeat, like obsessively tucking into some seriously addictive and e.numbered sweets.

Lilith Ai describes herself as savage Soul and we’re fully down for her uncontrollable fierce music, especially when the voice is as easy to listen to as hers, plus the aptly named ‘rude grrrl’ thus proving she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Londoner Young Yizzy shows Glasto that Grime isn’t slowing down, nah ‘this is life,’ and previous years show that Glasto is representing. It’s been a while but ever since the rise of Urban Pop in 2010 when Tinie Tempah, Plan B, Chip and Kelis were ushered in, Grime & Hip Hop has graced the Pyramid stage more and more… who can forget the uproar when Kayne West swung by?

Also emerging from the new talent shortlist are Lucas & King, who are transporting listeners through a time warp of American blues and folk sounds. Duo WOWH with their many layers, just add Pop, Groove and 60’s synthesisers to the duo.

Silences, an Alt-Indie collective hailing from Northern Ireland are not your average rockers, with an irish twang and chilled feel, their sound would be the perfect morning listen.

You can listen to the 8 finalists crowning glory here:

From simple beginnings; an attendance of just 1,500 people and a £1 ticket entry back in 1970, Glasto has gone from strength to strength. Raising the profiles of new talent has been just as imperative as landing A class headliners and this year see’s the Foo Fighters return after they were forced to drop out in 2015. The untouchable Ed Sheeran will also be headlining and we’re praying he brings out Stormzy as most of you will remember the hysteria when they collaborated at the recent Brit Awards.

With over 29 areas on Worthy Farm in Somerset, we can only advise you to go with the flow. Sure, the mainstage is where some of the biggest names in music congregate but this is Glasto, so feel the spirit of 1970, wander about, feel the love and open yourself up to new music and new experiences.

That being said, here are some of Backstaaage’s top picks who will be waving the flag for Urban, Afrobeat, Soul and Alt genres… Stormzy/ Major Lazer/ Boy Better Know/ Dizzee Rascal/ Toots and the Maytals/ Aanderson .Paak and the Free Nationals/ Annie Mac/ Kano/ Wiley/ Sampha/ Rag ‘n’ Bone Man/ Craig David/ Shaggy/ Nadia Rose/ Loyle Carner/ Nines/ DJ Shadow/ Kurupt FM/ Boys Noize/ Noisia/ Little Dragon/ Songhoy Blues.


Some festivals might come across as exclusive or for a certain group of folk but Glasto is one of the most revolutionalized places where all walks of life can mix, learn, feel and embody all that is great about music.

So set your alarms for the ticket resale taking place on Thursday 20th April (coach + ticket packages) and Sunday 23rd April (standard tickets.)


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