The 90 bands featuring on Glastonbury festival’s emerging talent has today been released. The selection of bands has been cut down from thousands of entrants with the winners of the competition playing the pyramid stage at the festival in June.
— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) March 21, 2019
The 90 artists featured on the long-list will be filtered down to 8 finalists. These 8 acts will then play a showcase event in Pilton in April to decide the winner. A panel of 30 UK based experts curated the long-list from a cross selection of genres and acts.
Who did I choose to make it through to the Galstonbury Emerging Talent longlist?- https://t.co/ESeC81kjlV @SophieMorgan96 @theharrietsband @TrulyFord @GlastoFest #glastonburyETC — Tony Hardy (@TonyHardy53) March 21, 2019
Speaking earlier in the year about the contest festival organiser Emily Eavis said “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!” The festival also today released a playlist featuring the acts on the long-list.
The competition is organised in partnership with The PRS For Music Foundation, who offer £5000 to the winners and £2500 to the second and third placed acts. Events Manager for PRS Amy Field said about the contest “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.”
CEO of PRS for Music, Vanessa Reed, also spoke of her pride at being involved in the event saying “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.”
This years acts have already revealed their excitement in being placed on the long list. They represent genres from across the spectrum and artists from around the world. Previous winners include R&B singer Izzy Bizu and Irish singer songwriter Declan Mckenna.
we have been added to the long list for the emerging talent competition to play @GlastoFest this year!! it is crazy and we are so delighted and thankful. check out all the incredible acts announced here https://t.co/0HyzzUsBJm
— SUGAR (@sugartheband) March 21, 2019
— amahla #OldSoul (@Amahlamusic) March 21, 2019