Glastonbury Emerging wants YOU!

Here at Too Many Blogs, we pride ourselves on trying our hardest to promote new music and new acts. But if you think we do a job (or if you don’t), there’s an organisation that puts it’s money, effort and stage time into promoting, sharing and giving an incredible platform for new artists.

Supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, Glastonbury Emerging 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. It’s totally free to enter and the winner will receive a £5,000 Talent Development prize, plus the two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 Development prize. Madness!

We are honoured to be an official judge of this year’s Emerging Competition, and urge you to enter – it could be the life-changing opportunity you’ve always been waiting for. You’ve got one week, starting 9am Monday 28th January, so make sure to head to glastonburyfestivals.co.uk before February 4th at 5pm. You’ll need a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of yourself performing live (even if it’s only recorded in a bedroom). Good luck!

Recent Emerging Talent Competition finalists include Nigerian-born rapper Flohio, who features on the BBC’s Sound of 2019 list; R&B singer Izzy Bizu (a2016 BRITs Critics’ Choice nominee and winner of the 2016 BBC Music Introducing Award); and singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who won ETC 2015 and subsequently signed with Columbia and released a successful debut album. The 2017 ETC winner was soulful singer Josh Barry, who has since toured with Rag’n’Bone Man and Gorgon City and is due to release his debut album this year. Meanwhile, 2016 winners She Drew The Gun have received considerable acclaim for their politically-inspired psych-pop, with their latest album Revolution Of The Mind named among BBC 6 Music’s Top 10 albums of 2018.

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!”

Amy Field, Events Manager, PRS for Music comments: “Performing at Glastonbury Festival is a dream for many new artists, so I’m delighted for PRS for Music to be partnering with Glastonbury Festival once again on the Emerging Talent Competition, an amazing initiative that can make just that happen. I can’t wait to hear the music that comes out of this year’s edition.”

Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation says:
“The Emerging Talent Competition is an incredibly exciting opportunity for talented up and coming artists to receive vital support to develop their careers and perform at the legendary Glastonbury Festival.  It has been fantastic to see the progress of all the winners and runners-up through the years – whether signing major recording deals, touring nationally and international or securing syncs on major national TV advertising campaigns. Can’t wait to see which talented artists apply this year.”