Depeche Mode Tribute Play Glastonbury

Depeche Mode Tribute at Glastonbury

Depeche Mode Tribute at Glastonbury

Well it  came and went and Depeche Mode tribute Speak and Spell can now legitimately say “we have played Glastonbury“.

We were honoured to be asked last year and very aware we were unable to tell anyone until the end of May. Then the announcement and then the gig.  And what a gig. We were extremely happy with the reception we received.

The show was logistically interesting for us with the equipment having to be moved between car parks and transported up to the back of the stage by Glastonbury staff (we’ve seen this before at two different festivals previously, and it makes perfect sense.)

All in all  we had to overcome some challenges but we hit the show on time and with a confidence you can only get by being prepared and rehearsed. And working with real professionals was an absolute honour. Fantastic stage sound and really great sound, roadie and technical guys.

We were prepared for an empty stage first thing in the morning but were surprised to see a crowd forming during the line check. We came on on time to a welcoming cheer and delivered Strangelove, a mixture of the 101 version and the single. This went down very well and the crowd just got better as we marched into Everything Counts. Our new masses design Spook-a-Phones were well received with Stripped and the crowd got warmer and warmer until the end.

Exhausted from the whole experience we came off stage and were, shall we say, in trance for a fair while.

Depeche Mode tribute Glastonbury

Our final setlist (as passed to the lovely lady at the PRS) was

1.) Strangelove : 4:57
2.) Everything Counts : 4:52
3.) Stripped : 6:15
4.) Walking : 6:25
5.) Personal Jesus : 5:49
6.) Just Can’t Get Enough : 4:56
7.) Enjoy the Silence : 6:24
Total 39:38… (22 seconds inside our 40 minute set limit)


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Depeche Mode Tribute play Glastonbury : Press Release

Glasto2Depeche Mode Tribute ‘Speak & Spell’ to play Glastonbury 2017.

UK tribute band Speak and Spell have been chosen to play at this year”s Glastonbury Festival 2017 on Saturday (24th June), at the Williams Green Stage.

The band has played at gigs across the UK and Europe but this is the first time it has been invited to play at the world famous music festival, which is expected to host around 175,000 people this year.

The tribute band will play some of Depeche Mode’s most renowned songs including: Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence. Speak and Spell will play in the William’s Green tent, situated halfway between the most famous Pyramid Stage and the Acoustic Stage.

The band quoted: “Appearing at such a famous festival is an honour and a privilege. “We’ve played loads of shows, all of which we have loved, but this will be an entirely different experience. We can’t wait to give the performance of our lives and ensure everyone has a wonderful time.”

The band have worked hard to prepare the best show possible and will be accompanied by Ian Ferguson (Crew/Stage Manager) & Claire Whatley (Manager/Tour Manager).

Speak & Spell have several other dates this year including The Flowerpot in Derby on the 17th June and two Music for the Masses anniversary shows at Sound Control in Manchester on the 9th September and the O2 Islington on the 23rd September.

The current line up of the band was formed in 2015 and its members are Paul Wood, Keith Trigwell, Paul Boddy and Tony Clare. To arrange an interview with a member of the band please contact Claire Whatley at


A Concert for the Masses – 30th Anniversary

Music for the Masses 30th Anniverary

Music for the Masses 30th Anniversary

Next Summer Depeche Mode embark on a new World Tour with what will no doubt be a fantastic new show and visual spectacle.

But if you would also want to relive classic Depeche Mode concerts of 30 years ago, come to the O2 Academy Islington on the 23rd September 2017.

Work is already well underway to deliver another cracking tribute to Depeche Mode with our usual focus on the glory days of the 80s and 90s, delivering Depeche Mode’s biggest hits in their original style.

Like our sell out ‘Speak and Spell’, ‘Violator’ and ‘Black Celebration” album shows, this one off UK gig will include ANOTHER no compromises tribute, this time to ‘Music for the Masses’, almost 30 years to the day after the original album’s release.

The evening will stay true to the ‘Concert for the Masses’ shows that followed with lots of surprises! Those who were there on that tour will have their memories jogged in the best of ways.

Keep the date free.

Details regarding tickets will be available soon.


The Wharf in Devon

Speak and Spell are to head back to the West Country for the first time im almost 8 years to play ‘The Wharf’ in Tavistock, Devon.

Being such a professional music venue the band couldn’t resist the opportunity to revisit this beautiful part of the England and play in such a glorious venue.

For ticket or event information please call The Wharf Box Office on 01822 611166.


Black Celebration Album – 30th Anniversary Tribute show

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Well it would seem our Black Celebration album show was a resounding success, played to a rammed out O2 Academy main hall. And yes we mean rammed out.

We were very nervous about this for some months, particularly with recent changes but if social media is anything to go by the show was VERY well received.

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We played the album in full and as you might expect as near perfect as you would reasonably want us to be.   After a short break we returned to the stage to do an hour long hits set from ‘World in my Eyes’ through to ‘Never Let me Down Again’, with a cheeky rendition of ‘Ice Machine’ for good measure.

We welcome our new members with open arms as they both exceeded all expectations and helped us deliver that show.  Thank you Tony and Paul.

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 06.42.56If you would like to discuss Speak and Spell performing at your venue, Depeche Mode Party or event, all technical rider information is on this web site plus how to book us flight and transport details.  To discuss dates and more speak to our Claire Whatley (manager)

We would also like to thank Carl at Islington, Glen Wisbey for Stage Management, Kevin May for his photography and, well just being his lovely self, Monika for support and Andy Goss for filming.

Special thank you to Keith Search for taking on and completely managing logistics.

See you next time

Speak and Spell

(photos by Kevin May, 2016)

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Apologies for emails

We’d just like to apologise to those  who tried to contact us over the last week

Our web domain had issues which caused our email and website to stop working.

As ever, if you need to speak to us, just email


Speak & Spell in Scotland

We’re taking the Speak & Spell machine north of the border to Scotland, playing at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh on Saturday 7th November 2015. We’ll be playing our sell-out Violator show that packed out the O2 Academy in London. It’s red hot mix of hits and fan favourites and tickets are going quickly, so be sure to grab yours soon.

Tickets are available from


Are you ready for a Black Celebration?

The Violator show at the O2 was such a success that we’re at it again… only this time with the seminal Black Celebration album – just in time for its 30th Anniversary.

This solid fan-favourite is getting the full treatment. We’re playing it live, in full, at the O2 Academy in Islington.

There’s a lot of work ahead and a lot of fun. Put the 12th March 2016 in your diaries now!

Tickets are already on-sale, get them from here:

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A hot night, a good Pulse, and a new town

Our regular gigs at The Horn St Albans are always a lot of fun, and yesterday was no exception! It may have been torrential rain all day and a very hot night, but folks still turned out in their masses to see us and our wonderful support act Pulse.

Pulse really brought the house down, playing an amazing collection of songs, some of which were debuted that very night. Big thanks to Howard and Sebastien, and of course to everyone who came to see us.

Here’s a picture of Pulse in action. Click for a link to their website.

Pulse 2015


The Mode Machine continues, though – next up is BAS 5 on Friday 26th! This is the world-famous electronic music festival in the hallowed ground of Depeche Mode’s own home town of Basildon.

See you next time.





BAS 2015

There are few words in the electronic music language that express so much in three letters, but the BAS events are one of them. These are mini-electronic music festivals, spread across two nights, in what is to some the Mecca of electronica: Basildon.

Depeche Mode’s hometown pays homage to a ‘Sounds of Basildon’ night on Friday 26th June, with Speak & Spell headlining. For those who want to make a weekend of it, there are more electronic acts on the Saturday.

Tickets are available here.