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Glastonbury 2024: Five fantastic acts you might have missed

AS millions tuned in to watch the latest edition of the Glastonbury Festival on television – we ventured into the fields to find some acts you may not have caught on-screen, or even if you were at Worthy Farm.

Here are five acts you may well have missed that deserve some of the Worthy Farm spotlight…

1. Squeeze
A big act, of course, the legendary South London songsmiths opened proceedings on the Pyramid Stage and may not have caught the eye of casual viewers, what with their early start on Friday.

But true to form, they brought the energy, wit and style that has been the backbone of their standout songwriting for decades.

What better soundtrack for Somerset in the sun than the likes of Cool For Cats and Up The Junction?

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2. Voice of Baceprot
It’s not often I see a band described as a “young, Indonesian, hijab-wearing, female metal trio”, but see them I did at the revamped Woodsies on Friday morning.

And glad I was to have caught much of their set, because it rocked, providing big riffs missing from much of the line-up this year. They were tight, sounded huge, and got the tent bouncing.

The perfect start to the day.

3. Lucy Spraggan
The former X Factor contestant – who you might remember stunned Take That star Gary Barlow with her witty, upbeat style – has certainly moved on through her career.

She has become a stadium-style star, owning the stage, but manages to maintain an honesty and genuine persona that makes you feel like she’s playing just for you.

A big crowd at the Avalon Stage on Saturday afternoon managed to bring tears to her eyes – and the stunning Tea & Toast did the same to the crowd.

Grace Petrie on the Acoustic Stage

Grace Petrie on the Acoustic Stage

4. Nadia Kadek
A finalist in the 2024 Emerging Talent Competition, the Leeds-based singer songwriter provided the perfect backdrop to a Glastonbury Sunday with her earnest, clever tunes on the Acoustic Stage.

Softly-spoken and tiny in contrast to the enormous stage she stands on, her clear talent and booming yet soothing voice had no trouble filling the space.

Stripped back in performance and in musical style, expect big things from her in the future.

5. Grace Petrie
Following Nadia on the Acoustic Stage, Petrie wields her guitar and straining vocals like deadly weapons as she takes the audience on a journey into the real world so absent from many songwriting platforms.

Combining political messaging with personal, touching storytelling, this is songwriting to be savoured – and lots did.

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