TOWN BAND ROCK THE HITS

NME.COM speaks to the group who’ve played Glasto more times than you’ve had hot dinners…

GLASTONBURY’s TOWN BAND traditionally opened up the festival today (June 26), waking up revellers with a set including the theme from ’THE MUPPETS’ and ’HAWAII 5-0’.

The brass ensemble, who have kicked off the last day of the event for the past seven years, have become a firm favourite.

”It’s quite nice to know that we’re the act that have played the most times at Glastonbury,” band member Christine Buckland told NME.COM. “Last year we were telling people we were the warm up act for Paul McCartney even though it was several hours apart.”

Buckland admitted that the gig is a unique one for the group. She explained: “It’s not our usual thing but it’s quite nice to get different people to hear what a brass band sounds like. We played so much varied music – especially stuff that is in the charts right now, so it’s nice to have loads of different people listening to you and to wake them up first thing Sunday morning.

”However, we’re not sure whether the people watching us are going to bed or just getting up,” she quipped.

With Glastonbury taking a year off in 2006, the Town Band are hoping to make a return in 2007.

Buckland said: “Hopefully Michael (Eavis) will ask us back when the festival returns. He does enjoy his brass band on a Sunday morning.”