Five Northern Irish Glastonbury Performances
Casting an eye back over the homegrown acts who've graced the festive fields of Worthy Farm over the years
Northern Ireland has long had a healthy presence at Glastonbury, from Van Morrison's historic headlining sets in 1982 and 1987 right up to Rainy Boy Sleep and SOAK flying the flag at this year's festival.
Particularly since the turn of the decade with the country's music scene undergoing its biggest commercial renaissance in recent memory Worthy Farm's smaller stages have almost served as a point of validation for rising artists, the first chance to make an impression in a major setting.
With that we invite you to take a look back at a selection of our own who've been fortunate enough to grace those hallowed Bristolian acres, starting with:
David Holmes Presents The Free Association (2003)
After years of DJing, composing film scores and reworking tracks by some of the world's biggest acts, Belfast producer David Holmes tried his hand at an entirely original, full-band album, subsequently forming The Free Association to take it on the road — including a stop at Glasto's One World Stage.
Seven Summits (2010)
Though preceded by the likes of General Fiasco and Bap Kennedy the previous year, 2010 marked the point where Northern Irish artists truly began to consolidate the momentum built up back home with a stronger than ever showing at the festival. Under the helm of Rory McConnell, BBC Introducing helped break bands like Belfast guitar-poppers Seven Summits across the channel, with Yes Cadets, Rams' Pocket Radio, The Japanese Popstars, Not Squares and more appearing that year.
Two Door Cinema Club (2013)
Having already braved the Pyramid Stage two years prior Bangor's most famous sons triumphantly returned off the back of second album Beacons and a mammoth 2012 that saw frontman Alex Trimble even feature as part of Danny Boyle's London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
The Wood Burning Savages (2014)
On this day last year Derry's Wood Burning Savages announced themselves to the world with a raucous set full of finely-honed guitar hooks and roaring vocals. Though spending the weekend on home soil this year, the boys remain in high demand having recently played Bundoran's Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival and helping to soundtrack the Tall Ships festivities in Belfast next week.
Tim Wheeler and co. have made the pilgrimage to Somerset innumerous times over the course of their 20-plus year career, but an oft-forgotten fact is that the then-teens stepped up as replacement main stage headliners in 1997 after Steve Winwood was forced to pull out. Not only did they pull off the dream slot with abandon, they'd already performed that afternoon on The Other Stage. Talk about working overtime...