Tractor trio all set for Glastonbury
Published 07/06/2011 | 05:00
Three young Welsh farmers have become internet sensations and a Glastonbury headline act after winning 'Tractor Factor', an online music competition with a distinctly agricultural tone.
Richard Lewis (18), Llion Vaughan (17) and Gus Harris (17) beat more than 30 other acts with their video Plough On by DJ Wooly (featuring Will.I.lamb) in the Farmers Guardian competition.
Their video, a cover of Rihanna's song S&M, was filmed at Green Hall farm in Llanfyllin and includes lyrics like, "Slurry in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it, Sticks and stones may break my plough, But sheep and cows excite me."
Various scenes from the video feature the teenagers dancing in the milking parlour pit, on top of a fertiliser spreader, ploughing, in a sheep shed and on a quad.
The farming group are set to perform in front of thousands of musical afficionados at the four-day Glastonbury festival later this month.
'Tractor Factor' entries attracted more than 250,000 hits on YouTube and the contest has been credited with enhancing agriculture's image with the wider public.
The winning song has been picked and is being played by BBC Radio 1, while Gareth Vaughan, president of the Welsh Farmers' Union, said the young farmers' victory could only be good for farming's image.
The biggest voters in the competition were clearly farmers themselves, with men aged 45-54 years old accounting for 20pc of the total vote, followed by 13-17-year-old girls, who provided 14pc of the overall vote.