Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition 2023 launches next week

Details of this year’s Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition have been announced, where the winner earns a main stage slot at the iconic event, which takes place in Somerset in June.

The winner will also receive a £5,000 talent development prize from the PRS Foundation. Two runners-up will be handed a £2,500 development prize from the Foundation.

Entry opens for one week only from 9am Monday 30 January until 5pm Monday 6th February.

Those entering need to supply a Youtube link to an original song, plus a link to a video of themselves performing live (even if its only in their bedroom).

A panel of 30 music writers, including Neonfiller.com’s Joe Lepper, will help whittle down the entries to a long list of 90 acts. This will be narrowed down further by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis to just eight acts, who will perform at a live final in Pilton, near to the site of the event at Worthy Farm.

Last year’s event was won by Lewis McLaughlin. Previous winners have included Declan McKenna and She Drew The Gun.

Lewis McLaughlin performing at the 2022 ETC live finals at Pilton (pic by Joe Lepper).

“Showcasing new music is a hugely important part of what we do at Glastonbury, and the Emerging Talent Competition has helped us to discover so many incredible artists over the years,” said Emily Eavis.

“It’s amazing to be able to offer this platform to some of the brightest talent out there, and I can’t wait to hear this year’s entries.”

ETC 2016 winners She Drew The Gun (pic by Joe Lepper)

PRS Foundation chief executive Joe Frankland added: “It has been great to see the impact and the progress for competition finalists through the years, with many signing recording deals, touring nationally and international or securing syncs.

“We’re delighted to be continuing to partner with Glastonbury Festival and PRS for Music on this brilliant opportunity and looking forward to see which talented artists apply this year.”

More details can be found via the Glastonbury Festivals website.

by Joe Lepper

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