Norfolk’s Deaf Havana announced on bill for Glastonbury

Deaf Havana. Picture: Phil Smithies

Deaf Havana. Picture: Phil Smithies - Credit: Phil Smithies

Norfolk rock band Deaf Havana will be playing at Glastonbury this year - four years after calling on the festival's organisers to lift the ban on heavy metal acts.

In 2013, frontman James Veck-Gilodi said they would love to play the Somerset festival and hear their fans sing back at them.

Now it has been confirmed the five-piece band from Hunstanton and King's Lynn will be one of the opening acts on the Other Stage on Sunday, June 25, from 12.15 till 1.05pm.

The band said on their Twitter feed: 'SO incredibly excited to announce that we will be playing @GlastoFest this June. The Other Stage, Sun­day 25th! Who's coming?'

Deaf Havana fans were unanimous in their excitement and support for the band's latest coup.

Sal Fasone‏ posted: 'Just read @deafhavana are playing @GlastoFest. Never been more proud of these guys. All deserved and you're gonna kill that stage.'

Charlie Cufley posted: '@deafhavana playing Other Stage at @GlastoFest is massive! See you at the front boys. PS - you smashed it yesterday! x'

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The band first got together in 2005 when they met at the King's Lynn campus of the College of West Anglia.

But chief song-writer James Veck-Gilodi and bass guitarist Lee Wilson had been playing together before that when they were at Smithdon High School.

Today's line-up also includes singer and guitarist, Matty Veck-Gilodi and drummer Tom Ogden with Max Britton on the keyboards.

Matty Veck-Gilodi has previously described the music scene when they were growing up on Norfolk's North coast as pretty terrible. But, he added, it made going to a gig to see a decent band at the Waterfront or UEA in Norwich all the more special.

His brother James has said that growing up in the middle of nowhere helped the development of his guitar skills as there wasn't much else to do.

But the band are proud of their roots and loyal to the community they grew up in. James Veck-Gilodi has supported local charity MIND in the past.

The band's fourth studio album, All These Countless Nights was released in January this year and debuted on the UK Albums Chart at Number 5 while topping the UK Independent Albums Chart.

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