Hackney New School drum teacher makes Glastonbury debut

Todd Speakerman on the BBC's introducing stage at Glastonbury. Photo: Pat Venditti

Todd Speakerman on the BBC's introducing stage at Glastonbury. Photo: Pat Venditti - Credit: pat venditti

A drum teacher made his Glastonbury debut at the festival on Sunday – much to the delight of his pupils at Hackney New School.

Todd Speakerman playing at Glastonbury's BBC Introducing Stage with his brother in their band Speake

Todd Speakerman playing at Glastonbury's BBC Introducing Stage with his brother in their band Speakerman Sounds. Photo: Emma Bartholomew - Credit: Emma Bartholomew

Todd Speakman played drums with a silver mask covering his face alongside his brother Guy on keyboards in their band Speakman Sound. The pair played the BBC Music Introducing stage marquee.

It claims to showcase the UK’s finest under-the-radar musicians and “soon-to-be-superstar” bands.

Todd told the Gazette afterwards it had been amazing to make it there.

“It’s been my lifelong dream, having grown up in Glastonbury and coming to the festival since I was two years old,” he said.


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His ambition is to make it to the pyramid stage next – where Radiohead, the Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran were headlining.

The “Introducing” stage also hosts some special surprise slots – like punk band The Slaves, who came on straight afterwards.

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