Glastonbury Festival has today announced details of its 2019 EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION, which is supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation and once again, Bristol in Stereo on the judging panel.
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 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 2019 competition FOR ONE WEEK ONLY from 9am Monday 28th January until 5pm Monday 4th February 2019 via glastonburyfestivals.co.uk.
Recent Emerging Talent Competition finalists include our Sound of 2019 pick and January cover star, Flohio, R&B singer Izzy Bizu and singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who won ETC 2015 and subsequently signed with Columbia. Meanwhile, 2016 winners She Drew The Gun have received considerable acclaim for their latest album, Revolution Of The Mind.
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).
Once the entries are in, a panel 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 in April decide the winning act. For the past four competitions, all eight of the finalists were offered slots at that year’s Festival.
Says Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis:
“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!”
See the recent video for ‘Resister’ by past winners, She Drew The Gun here: