Glastonbury Festival 2014

From more than 1,600 entries, the following 12 acts went through to the live ETC finals, where they'll compete for a main stage slot at this year's Festival.

Bunny Come
www.myspace.com/bunnycome
Providing the soundtrack for a sleazy post-Skins party with dirty electronic rhythms, gritty lyrics and sweaty dance moves, Bunny Come, from the wilds of South London offer an infectious, swaggering groove that mixes wild party times with a more surreal early morning comedown.

Ellen And The Escapades
www.ellenandtheescapades.com
Dragging the folk rock and psychedelic pop of the late '60s into the present, Leeds-based Ellen And The Escapades sound like a youthful Kirsty McColl, with clever, catchy pop songs and some reeling melodies, not to mention the occasional harmonica.


Family Machine

Family Machine
www.youarethefamilymachine.com
Family Machine swerve from distinctive lo-fi melodic pop to twangy guitar-powered psychedelic musing. With dangerously hummable tunes and a knack for a chorus, the Oxford quartet play songs that you’ll swear you’ve heard before, infiltrated by strange sounds and ultra sharp hooks.

Let’s Buy Happiness
www.letsbuyhappiness.com
The far-off hinterland of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne never sounded so wonderfully floaty and ethereal. Let’s Buy Happiness deliver escapist theories and the gorgeous vocal of Sarah Hall on some vintage indie pop that’s every bit The Sundays at their very best, with reverb guitar for texture.

Montage Populaire
www.myspace.com/montagepopulaire
Sounding like the result of ingesting a huge record collection in one sitting, Southampton's Montage Populaire are ambitious songwriters whose sharp verse/chorus constructions are littered with arty twists that offer snatches of Bowie, Los Campensinos and early Blur high on Syd Barrett.

My Luminaries
www.myspace.com/myluminaries
Hailing from East London, with a penchant for melodramatic keyboards, and chunky guitars, My Luminaries already won a slot at the Queen’s Head when they were chosen from over 600 early bird entries. Their melodic guitar-laced anthems have also proved powerful enough to get them into the main ETC final.

The Phantom Light
www.myspace.com/thephantomlight
Ethereal, slow-paced dream pop from a Swansea trio whose floating syth and echoey guitars with some other worldly vocals fall between vintage ‘50s Phil Spector wall of sound, reverb-drenched shoegazing and emotive Mary Chain at their most haunting.

The Secret Cinema Band
www.myspace.com/secretcinemaband
Centred around the soulful croon of Laurent Francis John, The Secret Cinema Band have the key to melancholy and moody yearning. Using a selection of odd sounds – bass violin, electronic toys - to add flavour to their emotional tunes, they produce epic moments with undeniable hooks.

Tiger Shadow
www.tigershadow.com
There’s a trip hop groove holding this Leeds trio together with some witty conversational raps laid over evocative guitar and insistent rhythms. Their songs sound amazingly familiar and the mid-paced shuffle and warm vocal make Tiger Shadow feel like an old friend it’s good to hear again.

Tom Williams And The Boat
www.myspace.com/williamstommusic
Tom Williams’ lyrics are like the script for a nervous speed dater, itching to tell the world all about, well, everything. Set over well-groomed tunes that rattle with piano, sax and violin, like Springsteen if he was brought up in Kent wrestling with new technology and inner demons.

And from the People's Choice vote...

Mayhew
www.myspace.com/mayhewmusic
Edinburgh-based folk-poppers - click here for interview

Faded Cadence
www.myspace.com/fadedcadence
Alt-popsters (with added violin) - click here for interview