BIMM at Glastonbury Festival 2023

8 June, 2023

Glastonbury Festival is a significant event in British culture that’s in everyone’s diaries. It’s always one of THE stand-out events in the global music calendar, and this year was no different, with over 200,000 people in attendance.

The five-day festival of contemporary music, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other art forms was headlined this year by Elton John, Artic Monkeys and iconic rock band Guns ‘N’ Roses, alongside hundreds of other acts appearing on different stages and performance areas.

Check out BIMM graduates Fontaines D.C. rock The Other Stage at last year’s festival:

As with every year, the festival was peppered with BIMM students, lecturers and graduates, both in performance roles and working across different areas of the festival. Once again, we were lucky enough to be hosting acts at the bandstand of the legendary Croissant Neuf field. With sets from Jacob Reddy, Apple Shakers, Jamie Cook, Georgie Eliza, safenath, Keke Manikii, Gaby Kettle and Darcey Hope, each representing a different BIMM campus.

Four students worked across the Croissant Neuf area and provided integral input into the smooth running of the main and bandstand stages. They handled changeovers, backline teching, sound engineering, and patching… effectively running the whole production!

Alongside the acts on our stage, the other stages were packed full of BIMM talent. We’ve picked out some of our highlights from across the weekend:

Gardna performed at Lonely Hearts Club on Friday, and he also performed at Shangri-La, plus a few other performances throughout the weekend. Lime Garden performed at Left Field on Friday, and Kid Kapichi performed at Left Field on Saturday. Pale Waves rocked Woodsies on Friday, with The Murder Capital and Working Men’s Club on Woodsies on the Saturday.

We’d also love to give a shout-out to the extraordinary session musicians from across the weekend:

The Pyramid Stage saw OURAA performing as part of the London Community Gospel Choir, brought out by Elton John, Aaron Forbes, alongside Aitch and Nayana Braithwaite and Promise Kadree, singing with Raye. 

The Woodsies stage saw Naomi Forbes performing with Cat Burns and Hannah Morgan smashing the drums for CMAT. Rachel Clark and Jake Woodward performed on The Other Stage with Carly Rae Jepsen and Nova Twins, respectively.

Jim Cornelissen played the drums for Yaya Bay, whilst Simone Odaranile gave an epic performance on drums with Rina Sawayama, and Tobias Miorin was playback teching for Fred Again…

It’s a massive privilege to see our graduates doing such incredible things at such a high level.


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