Wednesday 22 October 2014

Irish teens earn their Strypes at Glastonbury

Isla Binnie and Allison Bray

Published 01/07/2013 | 05:00

Cavan band The Strypes
Kate Moss and husband Jamie Hince, with Alasdhair Willis and his wife Stella McCartney at Glastonbury

FOUR teenagers from Cavan, an octogenarian entertainer and a veteran country music singer had fans of all ages roaring at Glastonbury.

The sprawling 900-acre farm in southwest England this year showcased the Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons – and our very own The Strypes, playing to up to 150,000 music fans.

Irish comedian Chris O'Dowd was quick praise the Cavan lads, who were one of 2,000 acts performing across 58 stages. "The Rolling Stones were a solid 8, but The Strypes turned it up to 11," he tweeted.

The mod-haired quartet, whose average age is 15, wowed critics and audience alike at their packed gig in the John Peel tent on Saturday.

But O'Dowd, creator of TV's 'Moone Boy', wasn't the only one to sing the praises of the band, described by the BBC as "well on their way to superstardom". The glowing reviews follow the news that they've been invited to join the Arctic Monkeys on their upcoming UK and European tour.

In the lead-up to yesterday's headline Mumford & Sons slot, crowds also flocked to see 85-year-old British TV presenter and entertainer Bruce Forsyth or country music's Kenny Rogers. The average age of ticket buyers has gone up to 36 since Michael Eavis first invited 1,500 hippies to a festival on his farm in 1970.

The Rolling Stones played on Saturday in a two-and-a quarter-hour Glastonbury debut topped with fireworks.

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