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The Deadbeats
Jo and Sam of The Deadbeats at the final

The Deadbeats get to Glastonbury

It's not every day that an unsigned band gets a place on a Glastonbury stage, but thanks to their winning performance down in Somerset, local favourites The Deadbeats have booked their place on Michael Eavis' farm this summer.


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Intrigued to find out more about the winning sound? The Deadbeats play Jabez Clegg on Wed 6 Apr, along with fellow locals Keith.

Having entered the competition for a place on Glastonbury's Acoustic Stage thinking they didn't have a chance of winning through, the band found themselves in the final, where they beat five other bands to take their place on the bill. Organiser Michael Eavis was so impressed by them that he even invited them around for tea!

We caught up with keyboard player Jo Dudderidge to find out what it felt like to be invited along to the world's foremost music festival...

How do you feel about winning?

The Deadbeats (pic: Erin McNeaney)
The Deadbeats (pic: Erin McNeaney)

"Dazed and confused… it hasn't really sunk in yet. I've got the flu now; I don't think my body could deal with the news! Obviously it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us."

What made you enter?

"We thought it was the easiest way to get us into the festival. Have you seen those new fences?!"

Have any of you been to Glastonbury before?

Jo of The Deadbeats (pic: Erin McNeaney)
Jo of The Deadbeats (pic: Erin McNeaney)

"We've all been except for Sam (Hammond, Deadbeats frontman). It’s the highlight of my year, and I'm not just saying that because we won. It’s got a Christmas vibe where everybody is nice to each other all the time."

What are you looking forward to most?

"Kylie!"

What do you think playing Glastonbury will mean to the band?

"We thought it was the easiest way to get us into the festival. Have you seen those new fences?!"
Jo Dudderidge on the reality of being asked to play Glastonbury

"I hope we'll look back on the whole experience as the launchpad for our band’s success. All we've ever wanted to do was play music and have a good time."

What was it like playing for Michael Eavis?

"It felt like a normal gig really, just with higher stakes. We got into it like we normally do and he seemed to like it."

What was it like going to his house for tea?

"Very tasty!"

last updated: 31/03/05
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