Doves, Echo & the Bunneymen, The Ting Tings, and The Wombats are amongst the contingent of music acts appearing at this year’s Glastonbury festival from the North West of England.
Following the announcement of the full line-up at the 2009 event, the region will be represented by acts displaying a variety of musical influences.
Wilmslow’s three piece Doves appear after the critically acclaimed release of their forth album Kingdom of Rust and it will be two weeks after they’ve played at Delamere Forest.
Speaking on the band’s official website, guitarist Jez Williams said: “We could have played on the second stage. Peel is obviously a smaller, more intimate environment but we wanted to do something that we could take indoors, take a bit of production and get a real atmosphere going. It felt right at this moment in time to do that. We started on that stage too. We were first on in 1998 on the Friday when it was called New Bands stage so it’ll be a real moment for us.”
It’s fitting for the Doves to perform on the stage named after the Heswall-born disc jockey as it is also the one hosting the most bands from the North West.
Headlining and closing the John Peel stage on Sunday are the legendary Liverpool post-punk group Echo & the Bunneymen, who are supported on the day by Scouse alternative pop four-piece Wave Machines as they take to the stage two weeks before debut album Wave If You’re Really There is released. Oldham’s Twisted Wheel also perform on the John Peel stage that day.
Twisted Wheel will be supporting prior to indie trio The Wombats making their second appearance at this year’s festival. On Saturday, the Liverpool band are special guests on the Queen’s Head stage before Sunday’s John Peel stage performance.
The Ting Tings are joined on The Other stage on Friday by an act also making two appearances at this year’s festival. Salford’s The Whip will head straight to the West Dance stage within the Dance Village once they’ve performed a set before their Greater Manchester counterparts take to the stage.
Macclesfield’s Mr Scruff, real name Andy Carthy, now a resident in Stockport, has been officially revealed for the East Dance stage on the Sunday.
Elsewhere, former LIPA student Alyssa Bonagura, who counts Liverpool as her base despite Franklin in Tennessee, USA, being her native home, and Leigh’s blues and jazz singer Georgie Fame are the only two North West acts appearing on the Acoustic stage this year, with Manchester’s electronic music duo Lamb the only representative from the region on the Jazz World stage.
St Helens’ comedy folk four-piece The Lancashire Hotpots and Manchester’s flute maestro Michael McGoldrick make appearances on the Avalon stage on the Saturday and Friday respectively.
However, one girl making headlines across the electro pop scene is Victoria Hesketh – a.k.a. Little Boots. Hailing from Blackpool, now based in London, the blonde synthesize influenced artist will appear before Doves on the Friday on the John Peel stage.
She will be at Glastonbury in between a number of visits to UK-based festivals this summer, where she will be performing songs from debut album Hands.
At this year’s Sound City festival, Little Boots was supported by Liverpool’s Soft Toy Emergency, who have secured a slot on the Queen’s Head stage on the Sunday.
On the same stage on the Friday, Preston’s Team Waterpolo make an appearance after Wirral’s Liz Green entertains on the Queen’s Head stage during the Thursday.
The jazz-blues singer from West Kirby returns to Glastonbury having first being introduced to the festival after winning an Emerging Talent competition and being invited to open the Pyramid stage in 2007.
With tickets all sold in February, Glastonbury 2009 has an American theme running through it this year as two of the nation’s most well-known rockers, Bruce Springsteen and then Neil Young, were officially announced as headliners a month after it becoming a sell-out.
Closing the Pyramid Stage on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, will be the eagerly awaited return of Blur – who will have been a couple of weeks into their own tour.
The festival runs from Wednesday 24 until Sunday 28 June.
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