The Deadbeats claim their spot at Glastonbury...

This year’s wiiners of the UNSIGNED BANDS COMPETITION, THE DEADBEATS have celebrated their slot at the festival.

In various guises, the band will make four appearances over the weekend – today (June 25) they opened proceedings on the Other Stage, a little later they will play a set on the Acoustic Stage.

However although today marks thier arrival at the festival as the overall winners of the Unsigned Bands Competition, the band have already been busy, playing a set in the Concrete Records tent on Thursday (June 23) night, and they’re scheduled to play there again in the early hours of Monday morning.

However singer Sam Hammond, admitted the band were not celebrating reaching the big time yet, as he’ll have to go back to working in a London pub when he gets back from the festival.

He said: ”The pub are always cool when it comes to the band. I’m always busy doing gigs and recording so tend to do half the week there and half with the band.”

Now the band hope to follow in the footsteps of The Subways, who have risen to prominence after winning the same competition last year.

He added: “Hopefully we’ll get quite a bit more attention. We’re hopefully putting a one-off single out in late summer. We’ll see how that goes. I don’t think we’re as easily marketable as The Subways, so it’ll take a bit of work to get to the level they’re at. But we put on a good show.”

The singer added the festival had been very helpful over the weekend, singling out organiser Michael Eavis in particular, saying: “He’s a really nice man and he’s been very supportive.”

Regarding the future, Hammond hoped the festival would be a good launching pad, but added they still had work to do before bagging a deal.

“We are in talks at the moment – our manager is in talks with various labels,” explained Hammond. “We wanted to announce it from the stage at Glastonbury but we didn’t quite manage it.”