Glastonbury announces 2019 Emerging Talent competition

Glastonbury Festival has announced the return of its Emerging Talent competition following the event’s break in 2018, and the initiative is once again supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation.

New UK and Ireland-based acts of any musical genre have the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at the 2019 edition of the festival.

The competition is free to enter, and the winners will be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to support their songwriting and performance.

An additional £2,000 PRS Foundation Development prize will also be awarded to two runners-up.

Acts can enter the 2019 competition via for one week only, from 9am Monday 28 January until 5pm Monday 4 February.

Emily Eavis, Glastonbury co-organiser, says: ‘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!’

Previous winners include 2016 winners She Drew The Gun, whose latest psych-pop politically-inspired album Revolution Of The Mind was named among BBC 6 Music’s Top 10 albums of 2018.

Other winners include Nigerian-born rapper Flohio, R&B singer Izzy Bizu, singer-songwriter Declan Mckenna, and singer Josh Barry.

A panel of 30 of the UK’s best music writers will compile the entries into a longlist of 90 acts before it’s narrowed down to a shortlist of eight artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis.

Finally, the live finals will take place in Pilton in April to decide the winning act, and for the last four competitions all eight of the finalist have been offered slots at that year’s festival.

Amy Field, events manager, PRS for Music says: ‘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, chief executive officer of PRS Foundation added: ‘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 the 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.’