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Do you think this Chester girl band should play at Glastonbury?

Peaness, who met at the University of Chester, are in the running to play their biggest gig yet

An aspiring Chester band is in with a chance of performing at this year’s Glastonbury.

Three-piece Peaness – featuring all-girl line-up Jessica Branney, Rachel Williams and Carleia Balbenta – met during their studies at the University of Chester and decided to call the city home following their graduation.

A proud pop band, the trio began making music about being confused adults in Rachel’s bedroom two years ago for ‘a bit of fun’ and describe their songs as ‘three and a half minute melodic catchy pop tunes with harmonies’.

They released their debut EP No Fun last August and now their sights are set on arguably the UK’s biggest and best-loved music festival.

Out of 6,000 hopefuls, Peaness is one of just 120 artists shortlisted in the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition.

Tom Mason/Twin Moon The band formed during their time at the University of Chester
The band formed during their time at the University of Chester

“We’re delighted to have even got this far to be honest, but I don’t even know what we’d do if we end up playing,” vocalist and bassist Jessica said.

“None of us have even been before so to go for the first time to perform would be nuts!”

Carleia, who plays guitar and shares vocals, has promised to dye her hair pea-green if they win.

Up until now, their highlight has been selling out their slot at Cardiff’s Sŵn Festival last November.

But playing Glastonbury would be a dream come true.

Their new single Oh George will be released on April 15.



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