Glastonbury 2022: 20 potentially thrilling non-headliner sets you shouldn’t miss

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Bad Boy Chiller Crew

John Peel Stage

One of the buzziest live bands of the moment, Bradford’s Bad Boy Chiller Crew are sure to deliver a memorable set at their first ever Glastonbury. MCs Kane, Clive and GK started out sharing comedy skits online before moving into music and quickly gaining a cult following. With booming basslines and infectious dance tunes, expect lots of bouncing – and a whole heap of fun. EA

Friday, 12:45

Greentea Peng

West Holts Stage

The heavily tattooed south London singer mixes soul and psychedelia in a manner that recalls the smooth explorations of Erykah Badu. Lately she’s been working with Goldie and The Streets. Recent single Your Mind shows a rockier side, but generally she’ll be the perfect soundtrack for some mid-afternoon sunbathing. DS

Friday, 14.30

Girl in Red

John Peel Stage

Norway’s Marie Ulven Ringheim is an internet sensation, rising from bedroom recording to amassing close to half a billion streams for her queer pop anthem We Fell in Love in October. Last year’s debut album, If I Could Make It Go Quiet, raised the volume from her early lo-fi sound, and should make for a lively time in the John Peel tent. DS

Friday, 16.30

Dry Cleaning

Park Stage

There’s no shortage of arty indie bands with a frontperson who speaks instead of singing, but no one delivers quite so much deadpan surrealism as Dry Cleaning’s Florence Shaw. While the guitars churn, she’ll be roaming from Meghan Markle to John Wick. Altogether now! “Someone pissed on my leg in the big Sainsbury’s.” DS

Friday, 16.45

Nova Twins

BBC Music Introducing

Made up of childhood friends Amy Love and Georgia South, Nova Twins are the rock act of the moment to see live. One of the most unique – and loudest – acts on the UK scene right now, the duo make genre-defying music that fuses punk, metal, hardcore, rap and grime. A must see for fans of both rock and alternative - and a lively mosh pit. EA

Friday, 18:50

Sugababes

Avalon Stage

Like jury service, at one stage it looked like it would imminently be your turn to join the Sugababes. Worry no longer. The ever shifting girl group is back in the original line-up of Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy, and taking the first post-Covid opportunity to celebrate two decades since their excellent debut album, One Touch. DS

Friday, 21.35

Enny

John Peel Stage

Enny made many of the ‘artists to watch’ lists earlier this year following the release of her stunning debut EP. With rightful comparisons to Lauryn Hill, Enny’s music has been dubbed “conscious rap”- with honest, quick-witted rhymes that ruminate thoughtfully on identity and politics. She is a performer on the cusp of super-stardom and a must see at Glastonbury. EA

Saturday, 12:45

Self Esteem

John Peel Stage

The last year has been huge for Self Esteem, aka Rebecca Lucy Taylor, following the release of her critically acclaimed album, Prioritise Pleasure. After earning a plethora of five star reviews for that, Taylor followed it up with a similarly exquisite live show. Expect slick choreography and pop that delivers a powerful punch to the patriarchy. EA

Saturday, 15:15

Glass Animals

Other Stage

It’s been a hell of a few years for Glass Animals. Their drummer Joe Seaward was nearly killed in a cycling accident: many feared he wouldn’t fully recover and that the band would end. Two years later, the band returned with a fully rehabilitated Joe and their next album became their biggest hit to date with one of its singles, Heat Waves, going to number one in the US almost two years after its release. It was a fairy-tale moment for a band who very much deserved one. EA

Saturday, 17:15

KAM-BU

Left Field

London rapper KAM-BU is a rising star with a difference. When he’s not busy recording music, you’re likely to find him in your local park carrying out conservation work or speaking up for climate change. Be sure to catch his thrilling set that combines rap and dance - and ready yourself for his powerful message about the environment. EA

Saturday, 18:10

Koffee

West Holts Stage

Since her breakout hit Toast in 2019, Koffee has gone on to work with the likes of J Hus, Gunna and John Legend and has even won a Best Reggae Album Grammy – making her the first solo female artist, and the youngest, to do so. A formidable talent whose upbeat music is full of flair and versatility, you wouldn’t bet against her being a headliner in the next few years. EA

Saturday, 18:30

Ghetts

John Peel Stage

A major figure in the grime scene since its early 2000s origins, Justin “Ghetts” Clarke capped an incredibly slow but well deserved rise last year, when he made his major label debut with his first top 10 album. Conflict of Interest featured guest spots from Skepta, Ed Sheeran, Dave and Stormzy, so you never know who might show up to help him on stage here. DS

Saturday, 19.30

The Avalanches

Park Stage

Speaking of slow burning successes, Australian sample hounds The Avalanches took a whopping 16 years between their first album in 2000 and their second. Now that they’re operating at a more conventional work rate, they’ve added numerous new gems to their catalogue of whimsical psychedelic dance music. DS

Saturday, 19.45

Emma-Jean Thackray

West Holts Stage

After the release of her stunning debut album Yellow, the Yorkshire born, London-based jazz musician has continued to go from strength-to-strength in her career. Thackray described her lush, soaring debut as being “about the openness of all things in the universe, showing love and kindness” – a message that chimed powerfully with listeners during its mid-pandemic release, and one that will be sure to capture the very essence of what Glastonbury is all about. EA

Sunday, 12:30

Moonchild Sanelly

Lonely Hearts Club

One of the most striking new voices (and hairdos) in pop, South African singer Moonchild Sanelly’s squeaky croak has already leaped out from guest spots on big albums such as Song Machine by Gorillaz and Beyoncé’s Lion King soundtrack. Just in time for Glastonbury, this month she released her own highly danceable solo album, Phases. DS

Sunday, 14.45

Nubya Garcia

West Holts Stage

This afternoon set in front of a big crowd will be a far cry from Camden jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia’s last Glastonbury appearance. She was one of only a handful of musicians invited to perform at Glastonbury in 2020, blowing her instrument for the BBC in front of the skeleton of the unfinished Pyramid Stage and a herd of cows. DS

Sunday, 15.30

Amyl and the Sniffers

John Peel Stage

Safety pins at the ready: the explosive Australian punk rock band return on the back of their well-received second album, Comfort To Me. Increased confidence performing live has seen the group grow louder and more energetic, earning them a new legion of fans in the process. Will be one of the most rib-shaking sets of the festival – and one of the most fun. EA

Sunday, 17:00

McFly

Avalon Stage

Fans of early noughties pop assemble: McFly are back. Taking to the smaller Avalon stage is sure to be a treat for long-term fans only used to seeing them in large arenas back in the day. Expect wall-to-wall classics, mass sing-a-longs and nostalgia by the bucketload: a must see for fans old and new. EA

Sunday, 18:20

Jarv Is

Park Stage

This is a relatively low key appearance from the star of one of Glastonbury’s most memorable sets. In 1995, just after their Common People single was released, Jarvis Cocker and Pulp were inspired last minute replacement headliners for The Stone Roses and strode into Britpop history. He’s making slightly weirder music these days but remains a must see. DS

Sunday, 19.45

Yola

Left Field

Yola Quartey is from Bristol but her classy vintage soul sound is currently more popular in the US, where she’s been nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys and is about to appear as Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic. Here’s a great chance for Brits to catch up. DS

Sunday, 21.00

Glastonbury Festival runs from June 23-26, glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

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