Glastonbury to press ahead with this year’s ETC – The winners will be given a slot at Glastonbury 2021, plus a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation
Glastonbury Festival has announced that its 2020 Emerging Talent Competition, which is once again supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, will go ahead, and a winner will be chosen.
Breaking the news on Twitter earlier today (April 29) – The competition gives new UK and Ireland-based acts of any musical genre the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at the Festival – this year’s winners will be given a slot at Glastonbury 2021.
The winners of the free-to-enter competition will also be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.
The 90-act-longlist revealed below were picked by Glastonbury’s judging panel, made up of 30 of the UK’s best online music writers & bloggers, from the thousands of entries we received in January 2020.
Listed below are each blogger’s favourite three acts and in addition to the SoundCloud playlist of all the acts above (apart from the acts who chose to enter a “private” track).
You can check out each of the blogger’s favourite three acts here and listen to the longlist of all the acts below (apart from the acts who chose to enter a “private” track).
These acts will now be whittled down to a shortlist of just 8 acts, by judges including Emily Eavis and Glastonbury’s Head of Music Programming, Nick Dewey. The shortlist will be announced in the week commencing May 18th.
There will be no live finals (for obvious reasons), but the winners will be chosen from the shortlist by the 15 music business professionals who would have judged the live finals. They will use the song and live performance video each act entered with to make their decision.
The 2019 Emerging Talent Competition winner was the soulful singer-songwriter Marie White, who has since signed with Decca Records and Universal Music Publishing Group following a year of highlights which included her performances at Glastonbury, a 6 Music live session and supporting Keane at the Royal Albert Hall.
Other recent Emerging Talent Competition finalists include rising rapper Flohio who was last week given the prestigious Music Moves Europe Talent Award; R&B singer Izzy Bizu (a 2016 BRITs Critics’ Choice nominee and winner of the 2016 BBC Music Introducing Award); and singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who won ETC 2015 and subsequently signed with Columbia and released a successful debut album. The 2017 ETC winner was singer Josh Barry, who has since toured with Rag’n’Bone Man and Gorgon City. Meanwhile, 2016 winners She Drew The Gun have received considerable acclaim for their politically-inspired psych-pop.
Cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Glastonbury 2020 was set to be held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28 – after the line-up poster and first wave of artists was released (Thursday, March 12) which included Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Lana Del, Kendrick Lamar and many more.
In a message from organisers, announcing Glastonbury 2020’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures announced this week” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”