The fuss and attention awarded to the world of music during the past week may have centred around Stevie McCrorie winning The Voice UK, and being the first winner of the talent show to potentially top the charts, but the focus is going to shift on Saturday as Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition reaches its climax.
Whilst McCrorie is looking to negotiate his continuation as a firefighter despite his new found fame, possibly with one eye on the pop scrap heap where previous Voice winners have landed, this weekend has the potential to launch an act that’ll have longevity.
The winners of the Emerging Talent competition will get a prestigious slot on one of Glastonbury Festival’s main stages and the opportunity to follow the likes of previous winners Scouting for Girls and The Subways to critical and commercial success.
One of the eight finalists have the laid back vibes that suit some of Glasto’s more chilled out zones and Guildford’s Princess Slayer are hoping that this coupled with killer choruses will see them take the top slot.
For Casey Lim and Vince Welch it would fulfil a burning ambition: “They’re like Wonka’s golden tickets! We were planning on going this year but couldn’t get tickets but hopefully we can go this year as performers, that would be a big tick on the bucket list.”
After meeting at Guildford Boileroom, they found that they shared the same musical influences, that ranged from The Prodigy to Sia, and started to marry Casey’s lyrics to Vince’s tunes. After not making it through to the long list in last year’s Emerging Talent competition, they set about writing and refining their songs in the studio.
“We’ve developed so much in these months,” says Vince, “We’ve also put a lot of thought and practice into developing our live performance. Up to this point, it’s been all about the music and getting connected to people who want to hear us and then we thought we’d give it another go.”
This proved to be a wise decision with the final beckoning this time around but not before another big moment in the progress of Princess Slayer.
“Our debut EP ‘Living’ is being released the day after the ETC final – Sunday 12th April,” enthuses Casey, “and we have our launch event on Wednesday. We are keen to see what people think to it and then follow it up with more gigs and more writing.” So as week’s go, there could be none bigger as the the trajectory of Princess Slayer could be defined in the next seven days but we are guaranteed something special.
“We’ve prepared to put on a proper show,” confirms Casey, “and enjoy being able to play our songs in front of some of the most important people in live music. We’re very excited and grateful for the opportunity.”
By the time their EP is launched on Sunday, Princess Slayer will know if they’ve got a big Glastonbury stage to perform it from.
Watch Princess Slayer’s ‘Passion Alley’ right here: