VF Brings Strummerville to Glastonbury Left Field!

Virtual Festivals are supplying the bands on Friday night at Glastonbury's Left Field, and we are dedicating the whole night to Strummerville - we also have the full weekend LF lineup!

Friday night (25th June) on Glastonbury’s Left Field Stage will be one to remember, as VirtualFestivals.com are dedicating the night (from 6.30pm onwards) to Strummerville – The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music.

For the full Left Field line-up look HERE.

As a celebration of Joe’s legacy, the Friday night will be a mix of established acts, new band showcases, solo musicians, DJ’s and MC’s – many of whom have long associations with The Clash front man.

The night will see performances from the likes of Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), and Mike Peters (The Alarm) with DJ’s Don Letts and the Dub Cartell, and Bez (Happy Mondays) – all held together by MC’s Attila The Stock Broker and Glastonbury icon Keith Allen.

Headlining the live section of the night are Carbon/Silicon (which sees the familiar faces of Mick Jones and Tony James in a new guise)

Geoff Martin, organiser of the Left Field stage confirms, “Left Field is about using music to spread a message of solidarity for different causes, and I know that that was something that Joe stood for very firmly.”

Speaking for VirtualFestivals.com, organiser John Bownas, said. “It’s been inspirational to have had such a positive response from these bands and performers – all of whom are giving us their time for free. We want people to go away from Glastonbury remembering the name of Strummerville and looking for ways to help it grow into something really special.”
Speaking for Strummerville, Paula Woolfe said, “We’re delighted that Left Field and Virtual Festivals are supporting us in this way. They’ve put a lot of hard work into giving us a platform to help us build people’s awareness of who we are and what we are about.”

The Strummerville charity is run by Joe’s wife, family and friends to raise money in order to support young musicians: www.strummerville.com 
The Left Field is Glastonbury’s fastest growing new stage. Originally conceived as a platform for debates and speeches, it now also puts on a substantial musical programme of the highest calibre: www.leftfield.coop/

About the artists (in playing order):
The Lovegods are a national competition-winning new band who have already been showcased heavily on BBC Radio One. (www.thelovegods.com)

David Rovics is a contemporary American singer-songwriter whose material leans heavily on current political debate. He believes strongly in the power of music as a social commentary and force for change. (www.davidrovics.com)

Attila the Stockbroker is a Glastonbury regular, and he’ll be comparing the first half of the night, as well as playing with his band, Barnstormer. (www.attilathestockbroker.com)

Mike Peters (The Alarm) has never played Glastonbury before, and with his newly born son in tow this will be a night for him and his fans to savour. (www.thealarm.com)

Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols). Glen has been performing alongside Mike Peters in Dead Men Walking for some years now, but this will be a largely solo performance from the ex-Pistol – and again, a Glastonbury first. (www.glenmatlock.com)

Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers) left the band nearly 15 years ago, but his name is still synonymous with the band which rode the crest of the wave of British Punk. This is another festival first, as Hugh makes his debut appearance at Glastonbury. (www.hughcornwell.com)
Republic of Loose are another new band who have recently won acclaim in a national competition – this time in Ireland, where they scooped the Meteora ‘Hope of 2004’ award. With a new album out in June they hope to springboard into the UK. (www.republicofloose.com)
Carbon/Silicon is the new vehicle for ex-Clash man Mick Jones and former Generation X star, Tony James (the brainchild behind Sique Sigue Sputnik!). How more fitting could it be that Mick’s new band should round off the bands for Strummerville! (www.carbonsiliconinc.com)

Keith Allen will compere for the second half of the evening and anyone who has come across him at Glastonbury knows it will be anything but predictable.

Donn Letts and the Dub Cartel. Donn is a legendary figure in the music industry – a one time member of Big Audio Dynamite and a prolific video producer with two feature films under his belt. As the bands finish then the Dub Cartel Sound System will take Glastonbury through into Saturday morning. (www.thefilthandthefury.co.uk/F&FODDERSTOMPF/ARCHIVES/ARTS/greg2.html)



Left Field experiences include the Co-op Cyberstation where Glasto-goers can email free photo e-cards home and sample ethical goodies.  Alternatively, about a chance of 15 minutes of fame in the Amicus Diary Room?  There’ll be innovative campaign messages from War on Want, Justice for Colombia, Stop the War, the International Solidarity Movement and No Sweat: keep your eyes peeled for those ‘death squad paramilitaries’ and the Human Banana’s from Bananalink.

There’s Fair Trade shopping galore from Ethical Threads and Bookmarks and of course the late night Left Field Bar. Your safety at the Left Field 2004 is assured by FBU stewards, so sipping a Che Guevara cocktail during happy hour, the message of solidarity has never tasted better!


Short films & cool sounds from Youth Music

13:15 The Rub brings his memorable protest songs

14:00 Lies. Damned Lies and George Bush – Left Field Debate with Tony Benn, John McGee (FBU), Kat Fletcher (NUS President) & supporting content from the Cannes Film Festival

15:45 Live music from West Country sparkling songstress Martha Tildston

16:30 An encounter with Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein (No Logo) featuring footage from their forthcoming documentary ‘The Take’. 

18:30 Leftfield clears the decks for Strummerville: The Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music with special guests Keith Allen & DJ Bez

 Virtual Festivals and Strummerville presents live music from:
18:50 The Lovegods

19:30 Dave Rovics & Attila The Stockbroker’s Barnstormer

20:10 Mike Peters (The Alarm) & Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols)

21:25 Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers)

22:10 Republic of Loose

22:50 With compere Keith Allen

23:00 Carbon/Silicon – Mick Jones and Tony James new band wrap up the live music

23:35 Exclusive Strummerville film footage

12:10 Club Left Field with The Dub Cartel DJs (Don Letts, Dan Donovan & Gary Stonedge)




Youth Music workshop & live sounds

12:15 Short films & poetry

14:00 The Global Fight for Workers Rights – Billy Bragg and Derek Simpson (Amicus) lead an International Left Field Debate with guests from Drop the Debt, Costa Rica, Haiti and Ecuador

15:20 Surprise musical guest

16:00 Anti-Fascist Debate with Dave Randall (musician, Slovo) and Lee Billingham (activist, Love Music Hate Racism)

17:20 Left Field comedy with Steve Gribbon, Vlad MacTavish, Nick Wilty & more

 Rock Against Racism presents live music from :
1900 Jetplane Landing

2015 The Filaments

2130 Capdown

2245 Katastrophy Wife (Kat Bjelland/Babes in Toyland)

23:30 Club Left Field with Jerry Dammers (The Specials)


Workshop and performances from Youth Music

12:15 Chill out DJ music from Jerry Dammers

13:00 Live music from Simon Friend (The Levellers) presented by Virtual Festivals

14:00 Fair Trade Debate featuring Kathryn Smith (Co-op), the Maquila Solidarity Network and other special guests from Oxfam and War on Want

15:30 Seize the Day bring their songs – banned by the BBC, but welcome at the Left Field

16:30 Glen Tilbrook (Squeeze)

17:30 Prohibito Olvidor – Left Field premiere of documentary about the workers struggle in Colombia. With Directors Q&A, Colombian Trade Unionists and Ruth Winters FBU president – live hook up with Mark Thomas direct from Colombia

18:45 Enigmatic live sounds from Slovo

19:30 Left Field troubadour Billy Bragg

20:45 Psycho Celidh tunes from Neck

22:15 Surprise DJs