For the last 3 years Breaking More Waves has assisted in the judging of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition and will be doing so again in 2015. Entry for this year’s competition is now open.
The competition gives new acts based in the UK and Ireland the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at the festival as well as a £5,000 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize, to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize.
Acts from any musical genre can enter the competition for one week only until 5pm Monday 26th January 2015. Previous artists that have either won or featured on either the long or short lists of the competition include Stornoway,The Subways, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, Scouting For Girls, Treetop Flyers, M+A (last year's winners), Slaves (on this year's BBC Sound of list) and Laura Doggett (way back in 2011 – Laura is now signed to a major record label).
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 thousands of entries are in, a panel of 40 music writers (including Breaking More Waves) will help compile a longlist of 120 acts. The longlist will then be whittled down to a shortlist of 8 artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before the live finals at Pilton Working Men’s Club in April decide the winning act. Last year one of Breaking More Waves 3 choices Gibson Bull made it through to the live final and then secured several slots on smaller stages at the festival. Rumour has it that Gibson Bull was also the firm favourite of none other than Michael Eavis.
If you’re a band or artist and fancy your chances then don’t delay and enter using this link. Hopefully we’ll see you on a stage in Somerset this summer.