Battling band shout at Glasto


Cavan band Shouting at Planes are still recovering from the experience of their lives after winning a competition to play at Glastonbury last weekend. The five-piece beat 100 other Irish acts to bag the slot on the Queen’s Head Stage, sharing the stage with the likes of Mystery Jets, Two Door Cinema Club and Lissie.

The five-piece entered the Battle of the Bands competition run by Michael Eavis’s daughter Sandra in Shercock, Co Cavan, playing their first-ever gig in the first round. They then progressed through the heats, despite only being together six months, until they were eventually crowned winners in March. “None of us had ever been to Glastonbury before, which made the whole experience even more amazing,” says Brian O’Reilly. “We even applied for tickets back in autumn, but weren’t fortunate enough to get any.”

The band, who plan to release their debut single in August, shipped a bus-load of friends to Worthy Farm, while even their parents made a surprise appearance, with the guitarist joking “I nearly fell off stage seeing my mother being hoisted on to my friend’s shoulders.”