Thursday, 14 January 2016

Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2016 - Details Announced

Have you ever fancied the chance of playing one of the main stages of the greatest music festival in the world? Well now you can.

For today Glastonbury has announced its 2016 Emerging Talent Competition.

New UK and Irish based acts can enter the competition, the winner of which is guaranteed a slot on one of the main stages of Glastonbury as well as a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS for Music Foundation. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize.

Entering is easy, 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 (last year there were about 6,000) a panel of music writers (which includes myself at Breaking More Waves) will help compile a longlist of 120 acts. The longlist is then whittled down to a shortlist of 8 by a further panel which includes organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before live finals at Pilton Working Men’s Club in April decide the winning act.

I’ve been involved in the judging process for a number of years now, and have attended the live final, which last year was won by Declan McKenna (one of Breaking More Waves Ones to Watch for 2016). Since the final Declan has signed a management deal with Q Prime, who also manage Metallica, Muse and Foals. It’s a process that I’m always incredibly excited to be involved in, new music being at the heart of what I do on Breaking More Waves. As Emily Eavis from the festival says “The Emerging Talent Competition has become an incredible way for us to discover - and help draw attention to - the very latest talent.”

Other acts that have entered the competition include BBC Sound of 2016 longlister and Brits Critics Choice nominee Izzy Bizu, who was runner up in 2015, together with the likes of Slaves, Marika Hackman, Stornoway, Fickle Friends, Josef Salvat, Nadine Shah and Circa Waves who have all featured on previous long / short lists giving them increased exposure and recognition which can all help with developing their careers.

The competition will be open to entries for a very limited time from next Monday morning (the 18th) at 9am and will close on the 25th January at 5pm. Keep an eye on Glastonbury Festival’s website for the entry form. I will also post a link on the Breaking More Waves Twitter next Monday once the competition is open.

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