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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:27 UK time, Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Hi, I'm Saam Das and I'm the founder/editor of music, film and television blog called FADED GLAMOUR.


It was a privilege to appear on Now Playing last month where I talked about some of my favourite artists from The Great Escape festival. Equally, it was a privilege to have been part of this year's Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition - and I'm here to share five acts that I heartily recommend seeing at Glastonbury.


Several music bloggers contributed to the judging of the Emerging Talent Competition, including Robin Breaking More Waves and Amelia Put Me On It who have also appeared on Now Playing recently. We all chose different artists but unfortunately, there could be only one winner - Treetop Flyers, who are playing the Other Stage on Saturday at 12.20 in the afternoon.


I think it's probably wise if I continue along those emerging talent lines, and hopefully pointing you toward some lesser known acts in the process. Most Glastonbury veterans will suggest you simply wonder around and discover the site more organically - please feel free to do that but perhaps you can slip in a couple of the following acts too...


BASTILLE (Thursday, The Rabbit Hole + Strummerville Stage)

An artist I've raved about for a considerable amount of time now, including during my appearance on Now Playing, Dan Smith's grandiose pop has begun to attract a considerable profile. His incredible debut single Flaws comes out on the ever-reliable Young & Lost Club in July.



Fight Like Apes (Saturday, noon, John Peel)

An Irish band that combines synth-pop with punk rock in a devastatingly fun manner. I firmly believe that they're one of the most thrilling live acts around and hopefully they'll reward my praise with a resoundingly sweaty performance.



Oh Land (Friday, Cubehenge + The Rabbit Hole)

Another of my favourite artists from The Great Escape, along with BASTILLE, Danish popstar Nanna Øland Fabricius brings her compelling electro-pop to Glastonbury to wow newcomers and long-term fans alike. On her way to becoming a bonafide worldwide sensation.



The Joy Formidable (Sunday, 14.00, John Peel)

It's been a fantastic journey seeing The Joy Formidable rise and rise. I nominated the band as one of my choices as part of the BBC Sound Of 2010 panel and they're finally getting the recognition they deserve - Dave Grohl even proclaimed their recent single Whirring as the "song of the year". Dave Grohl!



The Good Natured (Saturday, 19.30, BBC Introducing)

Headlining the BBC Introducing stage on Saturday, Sarah McIntosh et al may well one day headline the festival full stop. Hyperbole aside, their anthemic synth-pop is just as engrossing live as it is on record. One of my tips for 2011, the first release on their new (major) label is out this week - the Skeleton EP.




There's plenty more to see and do at Glastonbury but if you do catch any of the above acts then let me know what you thought - I'm on Twitter - and if you have a spare minute, visit FADED GLAMOUR for music reviews and features as well as stuff about film and telly too.




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