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Glastonbury 2014: 19 Amazing New Acts You Can’t MissJohn Wizards The Cape Town-based act mixed traditional African influences, funk and gentle electronica on last year’s well-recieved self-titled debut LP. Reminding critics of everyone from Vampire Weekend to Parliament, we’ll just say they’re experts when it comes to magical, wide-eyed pop.
John Wizards, the Cape Town “world-electro-pop” band currently on their second tour of Europe and the UK, playing most of the prominent Summer Music Festivals (see schedule below), have been confirmed for a slot on the upcoming Glastonbury Festival at the end of June. The band has already played some positively-received gigs on this current tour at the Primavera Sound Festivals in Spain and Portugal and as well as the Field Day in London and the Parklife Festival in Manchester and will be playing at another 20 festivals across Europe over the next few months.
The band’s debut, self-titled album was snapped up by the Planet Mu label in 2013 and has picked up excellent reviews in the music press, including in Pitchfork, NME, Mojo and Uncut, and was named 8th best album of the year in The Guardian’s review of 2013.
The band are still relatively unknown in their hometown and in South Africa, but with a few prominent labels watching them carefully, and their number of international fans growing as they tour around Europe, their low profile in South Africa shouldn’t last too long.
Glastonbury 2014 –
West Holts Stage
Bryan Ferry 22.15-23.45
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 19.00-20.00
The Daptone Super Soul Revue 16.30-18.30
The Internet 14.45-15.45
John Wizards 13.15-14.15
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 11.45-12.45
John Wizards Summer 2014 tour dates:
Jun 28 Glastonbury Festival Pilton, United Kingdom
Jun 29 Down The Rabbit Hole Winssen, Netherlands
Jun 30 Worldwide Festival 2014 Sete, France
Jul 11 T in the Park Kinross, United Kingdom
Jul 18 Latitude Festival Suffolk, United Kingdom
Jul 20 Melt! Festival Leipzig, Germany
Jul 26 Midi Festival Hyeres, France
Aug 01 OFF Festival Katowice, Poland
Aug 08 Øyafestivalen Oslo, Norway
Aug 09 Way Out West Festival Gothenburg, Sweden
Aug 10 Beacons Festival Skipton, United Kingdom
Aug 16 Pukkelpop Festival Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 28 Dimensions Festival Pula, Croatia
Aug 30 Electric Picnic County Laois, Ireland
Sep 05 Festival No.6 Penrhyndeudraeth, United Kingdom
Sep 06 Bestival Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom
Oct 28 The Deaf Institute Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 30 Village Underground London, United Kingdom
Nov 05 Iceland Airwaves 2014 Reykjavik, Iceland
See all the John Wizards Summer 2014 tour dates here:
After the death of Malik Bendjelloul, who threw himself in front of a subway train, a THR writer heads to Sweden to talk to his friends, who reveal the perfectionist’s quirks — from eating the same breakfast for six months to walking one lap around his apartment before and after work — and open up about his fear, doubt and their own surprise: “He was the least likely to take his life.”
This story first appeared in the June 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
In the late afternoon on May 13, a young man with a mop of soft brown hair and a delicate frame stood on the platform of the Solna Centrum metro stop in Stockholm, Sweden, waiting for the Blue Line. It was rush hour, and the station, one of the deepest in Stockholm’s rail system, was filling up with commuters leaving the city. At the bottom of a long escalator, cavelike tunnel walls had been painted with elaborate pastoral scenes from the 1970s: lush green hillsides studded with fir trees and a giant yellow moon rising against a vast, dark red sky. Vignettes of Swedish life were overlaid against this Nordic backdrop — chain-saw-wielding loggers presiding over a recent clear-cut, a twin-engine prop plane taking flight, and a solitary violinist standing in a field pondering the city’s encroachment. At one end of the platform was a sign. “Stop!” it warned. “Unauthorized people prohibited on the tracks.”