If you’ve ever fancied playing Glastonbury this is your chance
Glastonbury Festival has announced the return of its Emerging Talent Competition for 2022.
The competition – which is once again supported by PRS for Music and the PRS Foundation – 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 this year’s Festival.
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.
Acts from any musical genre can enter the 2022 competition FOR ONE WEEK ONLY on Glastonbury’s official website from 9am Monday 31st January until 5pm Monday 7th February 2022.
How to enter:
- Choose an original song to enter and upload it to SoundCloud (if you haven’t already).
- Choose a video of yourself performing live (even if it’s only recorded in a bedroom), and upload it to a linkable source (i.e YouTube / Vimeo).
- Head over to the official Glastonbury website – between 9am Monday 31st January and 5pm Monday 7th February – follow in instructions and submit your SoundCloud and uploaded video links to enter.
For more information on the 2022 ETC and submission form, click here.
Once the entries are in, a panel of 30 of the UK’s best music writers will help compile a longlist of 90 acts. The longlist will then be narrowed down to a shortlist of eight artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before the live finals in Pilton decide the winning act.
Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said: “We’re so happy to announce the return of the Emerging Talent Competition, which is always one of the first big markers that another Glastonbury is on its way. The competition has helped us unearth so much amazing music over the years and I’m really excited to hear this year’s crop of entries!”
Andrea Czapary Martin – CEO at PRS for Music said: “After a long hiatus, PRS for Music is pleased to see the return of Glastonbury Festival and its Emerging Talent Competition. This fantastic initiative shines a light on promising upcoming talent and gives them an opportunity to perform at one of the world’s greatest festivals. We look forward to seeing this year’s entries and can’t wait to return to Worthy Farm.”
Joe Frankland, CEO at PRS Foundation said: “We’re very excited about the return of the Emerging Talent Competition. Time and time again, we’re blown away by the response from artists wanting to win a prestigious slot at Glastonbury Festival. Having been lucky enough to attend the live finals in Pilton for a number of years, I know it’s harder and harder each year to choose the winners. But it’s so pleasing that thanks to the support of the Festival, PRS for Music and the talent development bursary from PRS Foundation, so many artists have been discovered and made progress in their careers. Thinking back to Declan McKenna, Flohio, She Drew The Gun, Che Lingo and 2020’s winners including R.A.E (who will perform at this year’s Festival), we can’t wait to see who comes forward in 2022.”
The winner of the 2020 competition – which had its entry window before that year’s Festival was cancelled – was the South-East Londoner R.A.E, who wowed the judges with her radiant, pin-sharp hip-hop and R&B. R.A.E will play on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival as part of her prize – alongside runners-up AJIMAL and Matilda Mann who are also expected to make an appearance.
Prior to R.A.E – East Sussex’s singer Marie White was the winner of the 2019 ETC edition and 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 2017 ETC winner, soul singer Josh Barry, who has since toured with Rag’n’Bone Man and Gorgon City; 2016 ETC winners She Drew The Gun who received considerable acclaim for their politically-inspired psych-pop; and singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who won the 2015 ETC and subsequently signed with Columbia and released a successful debut album.
2022 will see Glastonbury Festival return to Worthy Farm for the first time since 2019, after the cancellation of both the 2020 and 2021 events due to the coronavirus crisis.
Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from 22nd – 26th June 2022