The Likes of You & I
The Levellers' success continued throughout 1992, with sell out tours and their debut on one of the main stages of the Glastonbury Festival (although they'd played the Travellers' Field previously). Mixing tracks from their first two LPs in the set with a couple of more obscure songs (like the rock/spoken word crossover Dance Before the Storm) and a high speed cover of Charlie Daniels' The Devil Went Down to Georgia, the Levellers popular performance secured their place on the large Pyramid Stage for their famous 1994 set. The band scored a chart hit with the 15 Years EP in 1992, a track which was added to later repressings of Levelling the Land due to its popularity. Throughout 1993, the band worked on their second album Levellers which reached number 2 in the album charts. It contained This Garden, which peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart.
1994 saw the Levellers really hit the big time when their appearance at Glastonbury Festival attracted the biggest stagefront crowd that the event had ever seen. The band and their friends had spent the morning flyering the crowds at Glastonbury to advertise their later show and, having already become favourites with independent music fans and travellers across the country. This tactic paid off when the crowds surged to the Pyramid stage to see the band. Their performance, which finished with festival favourite One Way, was a massive hit with the crowd and is constantly referred to as a high point of the band's career. The performance of One Way was included on a Glastonbury Anthems DVD, released in 2005.
The band also featured on Julien Temple's film about the history of the Glastonbury festival which was released in 2006.
In 1994, the band purchased a derelict factory in Brighton, "The Metway", and created a self contained headquarters which they still own to this day. The buildings housed their offices, fan club, rehearsal area, a bar and a recording studio (initially equipped with gear bought from Tom Robinson). The move to The Metway (the name of the clock manufacturer who originally built the factory) enabled the band to operate on
their own terms as far as possible and they still use offices in the building and have recently refurbished the studio. They are strong supporters of the Brighton music scene giving local, young and upcoming bands use of the studio and rehearsal facilities. Other acts including Orbital, Nick Cave and Electric Soft Parade have recorded at the studio in the past.