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Glastonbury Festival announces 2019 Emerging Talent Competition

Glastonbury Festival announces 2019 Emerging Talent Competition

Fancy playing Glastonbury 2019? Here’s your chance…

Glastonbury Festival has announced the return of its Emerging Talent competition following the festival’s 2018 “fallow year” break.

The contest, supported by PRS for Music and the PRS Foundation, gives new acts of any musical genre the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at the legendary event.

The competition is free to enter, and the winners will be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to support their songwriting and performance.

An additional £2,000 PRS Foundation Development prize will also be awarded to two runners-up.

The competition is only open to UK and Ireland based acts, who can enter via this page on the official Glastonbury Festival website.

Entries are open for one week only from 9 am Monday 28th January until 5 pm Monday 4th February.


The most recent winner, Josh Barry, has since toured with Rag’n’Bone Man and Gorgon City. He’s due to release his debut album this year.

Previous 2016 include winners She Drew The Gun, whose latest psych-pop politically-inspired album Revolution Of The Mind was named among BBC 6 Music’s Top 10 albums of 2018.

Other winners include Nigerian-born rapper Flohio, R&B singer Izzy Bizu, singer-songwriter Declan Mckenna, and singer Josh Barry.

To enter, acts will need to supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of themselves performing live (even if it’s only recorded in a bedroom).

A panel of 30 of the UK’s best music writers will compile the entries into a longlist of 90 acts before it’s narrowed down to a shortlist of eight artists. by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis.

Finally, the live finals will take place in Pilton, Somerset in April to decide the winning act, and for the last four competitions, all eight of the finalist have been offered slots at that year’s festival.

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said: “After our year off, we can’t wait to hear the latest crop of undiscovered music that’s out there. New music is hugely important to what this Festival is about, and the Emerging Talent Competition has helped us to unearth so many incredible artists from across the genres. Bring on the entries!”

Amy Field, Events Manager, PRS for Music commented: “Performing at Glastonbury Festival is a dream for many new artists, so I’m delighted for PRS for Music to be partnering with Glastonbury Festival once again on the Emerging Talent Competition, an amazing initiative that can make just that happen.

I can’t wait to hear the music that comes out of this year’s edition.”

Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation said: “The Emerging Talent Competition is an incredibly exciting opportunity for talented up and coming artists to receive vital support to develop their careers and perform at the legendary Glastonbury Festival.

It has been fantastic to see the progress of all the winners and runners-up through the years – whether signing major recording deals, touring nationally and international or securing syncs on major national TV advertising campaigns. Can’t wait to see which talented artists apply this year.”

Meanwhile, joining Stormzy at this year’s Glastonbury Festival will be Janelle Monae, who is confirmed to headline the West Holts Stage, and Kylie Minogue who’ll be taking the Sunday tea-time legends slot on the Pyramid Stage.

Although the line-up will probably not be unveiled by the festival’s officials until the end of March / beginning of April, you can check out the latest Glastonbury 2019 line-up rumours (not necessarily likely) HERE.

Glastonbury 2019 will take place between June 26 and 30 at Worthy Farm, Pilton.

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