Are John Wizards the first South African band to play Glastonbury?

John Wizards Tour Dates

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

Goldfrapp 20.30-21.30

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:


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  1. At least three SA acts have beaten John Wizards to Glastonbury – Amampondo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Lucky Dube – so I guess the answer to your headline question is “NOPE”.


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