Music fans rave over Birmingham band’s performance at Glastonbury ahead of Elton John set

One Birmingham act were lauded for their performance at Glastonbury 2023 hours before Elton John took to the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm

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Glastonbury is done and dusted for another year after a number of household names performed at Somerset’s Worthy Farm over the weekend.

Sir Elton John treated fans to hit after hit on the Pyramid Stage as special guests including Rina Sawayama and Jacob Lusk joined him for the headline closing set on Sunday. Guns N’ Roses and Arctic Monkeys were the other headlines at the festival. A number of artists from the West Midlands and Birmingham also took to the Glasto stages, including Stefflon Don, Mike Skinner and Laura Mvula.

And one Birmingham act in particular earned heaps of praise from festival-goers and from those watching the coverage on the BBC. Rock band Editors took to the stage on Sunday and performed a briliant set which included hits such as ‘Munich’ and ‘Blood’. Many watching back home took to social media to praise the group, who were formed in Moseley, on social media.

Posting on Twitter, one person wrote during their set: “Editors are smashing Glastonbury.” Another said: “What an incredible set at Glastonbury by Editors and what a cover version to throw in the mix.”

Another wrote: “Editors tearing up Glastonbury with a setlist blending new EBM stuff with absolute banger.” One person posted: “Editors has got to be the most underrated set of the weekend (not the crowd, just based on what people are talking about). That was absolutely superb.” And one person said: “Editors smashing it - what a front man Tom Smith is.”

One person said: “Editors should be headlining.” Another fan of the band wrote: “Imagine how much better Glastonbury would have been if Editors headlined Friday or Saturday on one of the main stages?”

Who are the Editors?

The indie rock bad were formed in Birmingham in 2002. The groups members include lead singer Tom Smith, bassist Russell Leetch, drummer Ed Lay guitarist, Justin Lockey and guitarist Elliott Williams.

Growing up in Brum, the band often played at venues such Jug of Ale and the Flapper & Firkin.

Their debut album The Back Room was released in 2005. It contained the hits “Munich“ and “Blood“ and the following year received a Mercury Prize nomination. Their follow-up album An End Has a Start went to number 1 in the UK Album Chart.