Glastonbury Festival 2021 Emerging Talent Longlist Revealed

The Covid-19 pandemic saw this year’s Glastonbury Festival, like so many other major events, cancelled.

Nevertheless the event’s Emerging Talent Competition is continuing, with this year’s top prize of a main stage slot instead transferred to next year’s event.

Earlier this year music writers, including Neonfiller co-editor Joe Lepper, had selected three acts each for the 90-strong long list for Glastonbury 2020 before lockdown was announced.

Now the Glastonbury Festival has revealed details of how this year’s competition will pan out mid-lockdown, with Glastonbury Festival 2021 in mind.

As usual, this year’s 90-strong longlist will be whittled down further to a shortlist of eight acts. But due to social distancing measures there will be no live finals at Pilton, near to the event site, ahead of the festival.

Instead the judges will select a winner and two runners up from the eight shortlisted acts, based on the videos and music links they have provided. The shortlist will be announced in the week commencing May 18th.

Festival organisers have confirmed that the winner will be given a main stage slot at Glastonbury Festival 2021, which will take place in June 2021. In addition, they will receive £5,000 Talent Development prize from the PRS Foundation. The two runners up will receive £2,500 PRS Foundation prizes.

“At a time when the live music industry is on hold, and upcoming artists are not able to get out there and showcase their talents, I’m so pleased that we’re still able to shine a light on the best new acts in the UK and Ireland through the Emerging Talent Competition,” said Festival organiser Emily Eavis.

“I’m hugely looking forward to hearing the 90 acts on the longlist – and I really hope that lots of others will listen and choose their favourites too.”

Listen to all 90 longlist artists.’s three selections

Good luck to all those longlisted acts especially the three artists chosen by

These are:

The Covasettes, who pack a punch, drawing you immediately into their catchy melodies and unique take on guitar pop. Live they look they can more than handle a Glastonbury main stage crowd too.

Maphe was picked by us for her ability to perfectly build up her music, which is full of soaring, catchy choruses. Her track Fire instantly appeals and she also impressed with her live clip submission, for I’ll Break Your Heart (Nicely) – a mean song delivered with a wicked smile. A star in the making?

North of England trio The Elephant Trees are full of infectious energy, especially with their submitted track Idiot. They are more than a little reminiscent of the Go Team!, producing indie pop you can dance to. They already look like they would feel right at home on a Glastonbury main stage.

by Joe Lepper


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