A Sheffield band will brave mud and rain to play the UK’s biggest festival
Afro-fusion nine-piece K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade, will be performing on one of Glastonbury’s main stages this year after entering the festival’s emerging talent competition.
Tom Wylie, 21, the band’s guitarist said: “I entered us into the competition back in January and from over 6000 applicants we were long listed with another 120 acts and then eventually shortlisted for the final eight. We found out we had been longlisted when someone wrote on our Facebook page to say congratulations. We were all very excited, then we got a phone call saying we’d been shortlisted. That was a great day.”
“We had to go down to Pilton, near Glastonbury and play a 10 minute set in front of an invite only crowd and a judging panel that included Michael and Emily Eavis.
“After all eight acts had played their 10 minute set, the judges then had to decide the top three and we came third.”
The group have bagged themselves a slot on one of the main stages and have also been asked to play a further six stages at the festival including the Avalon stage.
“We’ve actually had to turn other slots down because we won’t be able to fit them all in.” Tom added.
The band’s members all met through vocalist K.O.G and then invited other friends to come and play with them, which led to the group evolving into it’s current form.
Percussionist Laurie Jones, 25, “It’s mind-blowing what has happened, especially since its only been a year since we started playing together.”
The group has also been given £2,500 funding, Ed Chester, bass player, said: “We have been very lucky, it’s also about the networking we can do. It’s a big confidence boost.
“We are recording an EP and money will go on a studio and promoting it at the end of the summer.”
The band have already produced a live EP called Akwaaba earlier this year and they will be making the rounds at festivals this summer, including performances at Soundwave in Croatia, Kendal Calling in the Lake District as well as Sheffield’s very own Tramlines in July.