Val McDermid to play Glastonbury with Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers

Val McDermid to play Glastonbury with Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers

The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers will play at Glastonbury, in what lead singer Val McDermid described as “a bit like a fairy story”.

The rock ‘n’ roll band will appear on the Acoustic Stage - on 29th June at 2.30pm. The stage boasts a capacity for around 5,000 people.

The band also features bestselling author Mark Billingham of the Tom Thorne series, Northern Irish writer Stuart Neville, Scottish crime writer Doug Johnstone, Luca Veste, author of the DI Murphy and DS Rossi series, and Scottish journalist-turned novelist Chris Brookmyre.  

The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers has headlined at various literary festivals across the country as well as music festivals, after forming at a writers’ convention in New Orleans in the US.

McDermid, revealed she was amazed by the news they would appear at the world-famous festival Glastonbury. The writer, whose 33rd fiction title, How the Dead Speak (Little, Brown), will be published in August, said: “I still can't quite believe this is happening. But I think it's a bit like the fairy story where the princess kisses the frog and it turns into a handsome prince, because Debbie Harry kissed me not long after the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers got started.

“We're ridiculously over-excited, but we'll put on a stonking good show as we always do.” 

Billingham, who recently signed a three-book deal with Sphere, said he worried that his bandmates would think it was a joke when he emailed the news.

“For any band, playing at Glastonbury is a big deal," he said. "For us, it’s ridiculously exciting. We began playing together as a bit of fun and it’s all got a little out of hand. We’re good mates but now there are serious arguments brewing as to which of us gets to shout ‘Hello Glastonbury!’ first. I think we may have to do it in unison."

He added: "Bestseller lists are all well and good, but this is a middle-aged wannabe rock star’s dream."