Beyond the Headliners: Explore the Lesser-Known Acts at Glastonbury 2023
Every year, the Glastonbury festival draws crowds from far and wide to its sprawling fields in Somerset, England. Glastonbury artists include some big names, from Elton John to Kendrick Lamar —so it’s no wonder that some lesser-known artists tend to fall under the radar. Let’s discover new music artists and lesser-explored acts set to perform at Glastonbury 2023.
If you want a dose of catchy and bold in your music bowl, read on. Born in London, Raye is a singer, songwriter, and producer who first gained popularity with her debut single “Hotbox” in 2014. Since then, she has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Charli XCX and David Guetta. Raye’s music is an eclectic mix of pop, R&B, and electronic music, with powerful vocals and infectious hooks. Her debut studio album, My 21st Century Blues, is a testament to her unique sound and style. From the provocative opening track “Five Star Hotels” to the melodic slow burn of “Oscar Winning Tears,” Raye’s music is sure to get Glastonbury audiences moving.
You can find Weyes Blood at the intersection of lyrical honesty and collective togetherness. Weyes Blood is the stage name of Natalie Mering, an American singer-songwriter from California. With a voice that’s been compared to the likes of Karen Carpenter and Joni Mitchell, Weyes Blood creates lush, dreamy folk-pop that stays with you long after the first listen. Her most recent album, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow, was released in 2022 to critical acclaim. The album features a blend of love songs and hopeful hymns, centering on the theme of social connection in the face of increased separation in the world.
Sudan Archives is the stage name of Brittney Denise Parks, a violinist, singer, and producer from Ohio. Her music blends elements of R&B, hip-hop, and electronic music with her classical violin training, creating a sound that’s both innovative and captivating. Her debut album, Athena, was released in 2019 and features tracks like “Glorious” and “Confessions” that showcase her genre-bending style. With intricate violin loops, ethereal vocals, and hypnotic beats, Sudan Archives is sure to stand out at Glastonbury 2023.
Cat Burns is a rising star in the UK music scene, with a sound that’s been compared to the likes of Lorde and Billie Eilish. Burns first gained attention with her debut single “Sober,” a haunting ballad that showcases her raw talent and emotional depth. In 2022, she released the highly-anticipated EP emotionally unavailable, an exploration into various emotional journeys. Her music is introspective and intimate, with haunting melodies and honest lyrics that are sure to resonate with Glastonbury audiences.
Nova Twins is a punk rock duo from London consisting of Amy Love and Georgia South. Their music is a high-energy blend of punk, grime, and rock, with politically-charged lyrics and a fierce DIY attitude. Their most recent album, Supernova, was released in 2022 and features tracks like “Choose Your Fighter” and “Enemy” that showcase their unique sound and style. With powerful vocals, memorable riffs, and a punk rock ethos, Nova Twins are sure to bring the energy.
Ezra Collective is a London-based band that combines jazz, Afrobeat, and hip-hop to create a unique sound. The band has been gaining popularity in the UK jazz scene and has been nominated for various awards. Their 2022 album, Where I’m Meant to Be, is an energized celebration of life characterized by upbeat rhythms and intricate melodic arrangements. The band’s live performances are eclectic, with each member bringing their own unique style to the stage.
Ideal for those parties where you want to let loose and dance the night away, Sedef Adasi’s music is a mix of oriental and psychedelic delight. Sedef Adasi is a Turkish-German DJ and producer based in Berlin. Her music is a fusion of techno, house, and traditional Turkish music, with a focus on rhythm and melody. Sedef’s live performances are high-energy and engaging — and very likely to get the crowd moving. Her songs, including “Anonymous Force” and “Mermaids on Acid,” will surely to bring a high-energy buzz to Glastonbury.
TAAHLIAH is a London and Glasgow-based producer, singer, and DJ whose otherworldly and mesmerizing live performances come to life via immersive audiovisual experiences. A fusion of electronic music, hip-hop, and R&B, her sound thrives on experimental production techniques. TAAHLIAH’s music is characterized by its atmospheric soundscapes, intricate beats, and haunting vocals. If you want to create moments of dynamic introspection in the middle of a festival, don’t miss her set.
Say She She
Say She She is a seven-piece band from Brooklyn whose charisma is hard to resist. The band’s music is a fusion of jazz, soul, and R&B, characterized by its soulful vocals, catchy melodies, and expressive instrumentation. Say She She’s music is perfect for dancing — their performances will get the crowd moving on tracks like “Forget Me Not” and “Blow My Mind.”
New Glastonbury Plans?
While the headliners at Glastonbury 2023 may attract the majority of attention and buzz, it’s important not to overlook the many talented, lesser-known, or new music artists who will be gracing the stages throughout the week. Offering a unique and diverse range of music that is sure to appeal to a variety of tastes and preferences, these acts might just become your new favorite bands or artists.
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