Gloucestershire band to play eight sets at Glastonbury Festival 2023

Band Mellowmatic was formed in Cheltenham during the pandemic and has been going from strength to strength ever since. This year's massive highlight is performing at Glastonbury Festival 2023 - not just once, but eight times!

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Mellowmatic will take its audience on an eclectic musical journey via 1990's boom bap to present day.

Gloucestershire hip-hop and jazz band Mellowmatic was founded in Cheltenham during the pandemic in May 2020.

A ray of light, to get through dark times, founder and drummer Marcus Fisher teamed up with producer and songwriter Antony Henderson and rapper and performer AJ Mayhew.

Cheltenham was the centrepoint of the band's journey as the trio wrote and recorded their first two albums with the aim of making their time spent in lockdowns count.

They wanted to to be as productive as possible and haven't stopped since — and now Glastonbury Festival is calling.

Bringing on board a host of talented musicans from the south west, a larger nine-piece band, including a trio of sax players, is hitting the stage at Glastonbury. 

Fronted by female and male lead vocalists, the sound includes keys, synths and saxophone features, delivering infectious bops through to grooves and breaks.

Fisher, born and bred in Cheltenham, said: 'We are proud of the amount we have achieved since starting the band in lockdown, just three years ago — working hard from the ground up, writing music and then turning this project into something recognised, with a calendar playing at some of the UK's largest and most prestigious festivals.'

Glastonbury, which runs from Wednesday 21 June 2023 to Sunday 25 June 2023, tops Mellowmatic's 2023 summer festival highlights with eight scheduled performances over seven stages including headlining Glastonbury's Bandstand on Friday 23 June 2023.

Fisher added: 'Glastonbury holds an unparalleled magic, where time seems to stand still whilst music unites everyone from all walks of life. It's a pinnacle moment in our musical journey and we can't wait to share the experience with our audiences at Glastonbury.'

There'll be energetic soul-funk grooves, jazz style, neo-soul vibes and hip-hop flavours from the multi-instrumental collective.

The band, which was at Isle of Wight Festival, is also performing at WOMAD Festival, Camp Bestival and Beautiful Days.

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