GlastonBrummie: The ultimate guide to the West Midlands acts at Glastonbury 2015

Glastonbury Festival

Heading to Glastonbury this year and want to show some love for your local heroes? We hear ya, that’s why we’ve put together this handy guide for where and when to catch your favourite bands, singers, DJs and more from Birmingham and the West Midlands performing at the world’s greatest music festival.

PEACE

Peace bandMaking a welcome return to the John Peel tent, Peace have gone from strength to strength since they first played there two years ago. Fresh off the back of their funk-filled sophomore album Happy People earlier this year, expect a performance filled with indie rock swagger.

John Peel Stage, Friday 17:00 – 18:00

Rabbit Hole, Friday 20:30 – 21:30

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SWIM DEEP

Swim Deep Honey-dripped Brummie dream-pop darlings Swim Deep will be doing their best to wake up the lazy campers as they open the Other Stage on Saturday morning. Expect a few fuzzy heads asking, ‘Where the Heaven Are We?’

Other Stage, Saturday 11:00 – 11:40

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NEVILLE STAPLE BAND

Neville Staple, The SpecialsGet set for some Saturday night skanking, as the Original Rude Boy himself, Neville Staple, steps up with a collection of hits from his career spanning his time with Coventry ska legends The Specials, new wave act Fun Boy Three, plus expect some of his solo material and some classic ska and 2 Tone…erm…staples.

Avalon Stage,  Saturday 23:15 – 00:25

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STEEL PULSE

Steel PulseThe legendary reggae outfit changed the face of the genre when their politically-charged sound exploded out of Handsworth in the late 1970s. Still going strong and one of Birmingham’s most respected exports, catch them at the always-eclectic West Holts Stage.

West Holts, Sunday 17:30 – 18:30

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THE ELECTRIC SWING CIRCUS

The Electric Swing CircusCould you get a more Glastonbury band than The Electric Swing Circus? An uproarious six-piece of brass, strings and harmonies fusing 1920s swing with ska, electro, gypsy jazz and anything else that just makes you want to get up and move. One surefire feel-way to end your weekend.

Avalon Stage, Sunday 22:55 – 23:55

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GOLDIE (DJ Set)

Goldie The Black Country’s own jungle and drum’n’bass pioneer will take to the decks for what is sure to be a shuddering set on Friday night.

The Blues, Friday 22:00 – 23:30

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EKKAH

EkkahHotly-tipped Birmingham duo Ekkah bring their sugary blend of disco and funk pop to the BBC Introducing stage.

BBC Introducing, Saturday 17:20 – 17:45

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MoD

Birmingham rapper MoD

Up-and-coming Birmingham alternative rapper MoD brings his confident blend of lyrics and jazz-influenced beats to the BBC Introducing stage on the Saturday, plus you can catch him for a not-to-be-missed set at the intimate Rabbit Hole stage on Thursday afternoon.

Rabbit Hole, Thursday 16:00 – 16:30

BBC Introducing, Saturday 12:00 – 12:30

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MIKE SKINNER + MURKAGE PRESENT TONGA

Mike SkinnerTonga is one of a string of projects from Birmingham-raised rapper Mike Skinner since he left his alter-ego of The Streets behind. This collaboration with arts collective Murkage began life as a ‘party bass’ club night in London but an album is on the way too. Find out what it’s all about with a feel-good Thursday afternoon set at the Stonebridge bar.

Stonebridge, Thursday 17:00 – 19:00

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KEVIN ROWLAND (DJ set)

Kevin Rowland (Dexys Midnight Runners)Getting the pre-festival vibes going, Wednesfield-born Dexys Midnight Runners frontman Kevin Rowland will be behind the decks for an hour at the bustling Stonebridge bar on Thursday. We have no idea what to expect from his set either, but Come On Eileen on repeat is unlikely.

Stonebridge, Thursday 15:00 – 16:00

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MARK E (DJ set)

DJ Mark EWolverhampton-born and Birmingham-based DJ and producer Mark E will bring his refined skills in house music mixology to Glastonbury for two Friday-night sets.

The Beat Hotel, Friday 20:00 – 21:30

Genosys, Friday 22:30 – 00:00

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NIZLOPI

NizlopiBest known to the masses for their 2005 chart-topping hit ‘the JCB song’, the Warwickshire duo are also an innovative and respected outfit blending hip hop, beatboxing and alternative folk and are well worth further investigation.

Croissant Neuf, Saturday 13:00 – 14:00

Croissant Neuf Bandstand, Saturday 17:00 – 17:30

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GOODNIGHT LENIN 

goodnight lenin new press shotMuch-loved outfit in their native West Midlands, Goodnight Lenin take their Americana-infused sound back to Glastonbury’s relaxed village green area of Croissant Neuf on the Friday, or you can catch them in no doubt more raucous mode in the lively Avalon Cafe on Thursday night.

Avalon Cafe, Thursday 21:00 – 22:00

Croissant Neuf Bandstand, Friday 18:30 – 19:00

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LAURA MVULA CONCERT (film)

Laura MvulaWhile the Birmingham Conservatoire graduate isn’t back performing live this year, you will still be able to enjoy her soulful vocals at Glasto’s own cinema thanks to the screening of this in-cincert film of her performing with The Metropole Orkest at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.

Pilton Palais Cinema, Thursday 17:30 – 18:47

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JOE LYCETT

Joe Lycett comedianBrummie comedian Joe Lycett has become a familiar face on TV panel shows and is always a favourite with his refined stand-up routines. Catch him closing the Cabaret stage on Sunday.

Cabaret, Sunday 23:28 – 23:58

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Anyone we’ve missed? Let us know any other acts from Birmingham and the West Midlands performing at Glastonbury 2015 in the comments below or drop us a line on Facebook
Glastonbury photo by Robbie Shade

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