Stornoway to Somerset: Hebridean band Peat & Diesels’ epic journey to play Glastonbury for the first time


Western Isles rockers Peat & Diesel set off for Glastonbury on Friday ahead of their inaugural performance at the world’s biggest music festival on Saturday night.

The three-piece band from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis will play two days – sharing the same stage as McFly on the Sunday.

Peat and Diesel’s energetic performances and catalogue of songs about crofting life, partying on the moor and watching television struck a chord with audiences across the country. They admit their journey so far has been beyond any of their wildest dreams.

Not many artists from the Isles have made it to Glastonbury – the trio say they are proud to represent their home on the big stage.

Speaking to STV News, accordian player Innes Scott said: “I’m a bit nervous to be honest – we always knew there was a chance of a wee gig away at pubs or local festivals. But to suddenly have festivals coming and looking for us is quite scary to be honest.

“If we have one or two people singing our songs all the way down there at Glastonbury then we’ll be happy.”

Innes joked: “I’m not too sure if Boydie (lead singer Calum “Boydie” MacLeod) should be an ambassador for the Western Isles – not 100% of the time – certainly 50% of the time.”

Drummer Uilly Macloed said: “There are definitely people out there spreading the word – I don’t know if we want it to get any bigger – but through no fault of our own it’s happening.

“We’re really thankful for the opportunity that we’re getting to to do this. It’s good to bring the culture away from the island and teach people a few things about island life.”

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