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:
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”.