Glastonbury debut for six East Midlands music acts

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Six music acts from the East Midlands are set to make their Glastonbury debuts this weekend.

The artists, from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, have been invited to play the BBC Introducing stage.

BBC presenter Dean Jackson, who championed the talent on his show The Beat, said the region is buzzing off the back of Jake Bugg's success.

"We can't underestimate the Jake factor," he said. "Lost of artists have seen him and it's given them the encouragement they need."

Below are the singers and bands appearing at the weekend.

Ady Suleiman

Singer Ady Suleiman, from Long Benington, Lincolnshire, was invited into the famous Maida Vale studios to record a session in January.

He said things have snowballed for him over the past year as a result of constant gigging.

"I think if you stop things die down again," he said. "It continues to build and it's important to do that."

Jackson said: "Ady has a really cool sound and could be one of the highlights of the festival. There's a slight reggae feel about his music."

Suleiman plays the BBC Introducing Stage on Saturday.

Izzy Marie Hill and By The Rivers

Izzy Marie Hill, who is from Leicester and was a student in Nottingham, will be performing with By The Rivers, also from Leicester.

The two, normally separate acts, will be appearing together on the BBC Introducing Stage on Saturday afternoon.

Hill said she was incredibly excited to be playing at the famous festival.

By The Rivers will also be playing at Bestival in September.

Jackson said: "By The River will get the whole crowd rocking. They're one of the best live festival bands.

"Izzy has a lovely pop sound. She's like a British Taylor Swift."


Indiana performed alongside The Script when the Queen officially opened the BBC's Broadcasting House earlier in June.

She described it as an honour in a year in which she has also performed at the Maida Vale studios.

The singer grew up in Loughborough, Leicestershire, and lives in Long Eaton, near the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border.

"Indiana is one of our gigantic hopes," said Jackson.

"She has had two successive weeks on the Radio 1 playlist and is one of our biggest discoveries."

Indiana plays the BBC Introducing Stage on Saturday.


Siblings, from Ashbourne, Derbyshire, have been played by a host of BBC DJs, including Huw Stephens, Jo Whiley and Tom Robinson.

Formerly known as The Rash, Siblings' music has been described as warm-hearted indie.

The band say their hometown plays an important part in their lives and even take part in the annual Shrovetide football game.

Jackson said: "Siblings are a great festival band and are one of the region's best-kept secrets.

"They have an upbeat acoustic vibe and they know how to work a crowd."

Siblings play the BBC Introducing Stage on Sunday.

Ruen Brothers

Ruen Brothers, from Lincolnshire, were featured on The Beat in January.

Sessions at Maida Vale and BBC Humberside quickly followed for the brothers, who have a 1960s feel about their music and in their style.

"The lead singer's [Rupert Stansall] voice has got Roy Orbison feel about it," said Jackson.

"There's a nostalgia about them with a modern twist. They are amazing live."

Ruen Brothers play the BBC Introducing Stage on Saturday.

Others to look out for...

Jake Bugg, from Clifton, Nottingham, does not need any introduction after the amazing year he has had.

A number one album and sold-out gigs have led to a slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury on Friday.

Dog is Dead, also from Nottingham, first played Glastonbury in 2010 after being nominated by Jackson.

The band will play the John Peel stage on Friday afternoon.

Two more Nottingham groups, Seven Little Sisters and Six by Seven, will also be performing over the weekend.

All the performances will be streamed live from Glastonbury's BBC Introducing stage at bbc.co.uk/introducing.

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