Glastonbury have announced the longlist for their coveted Emerging Talent Competition, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley goes through the card.
Glastonbury Festival have announced the longlist for their Emerging Talent Competition 2020, with the winner set to play at next year’s festival.
Submissions to the competition were opened in January with thousands of entries being made. From those, 90 acts have been picked to feature on the longlist.
These acts will now be whittled down to a shortlist of 8 acts, by judges including Emily Eavis and Glastonbury’s Head of Music Programming, Nick Dewey. The shortlist will be announced in the week commencing May 18.
Unlike previous years, will be no live finals, but the winners will be chosen from the shortlist by the 15 music business professionals who were set to be judges.
The winners not only get the chance to play at the festival in 2021, but they also receive a grant from PRS Foundation – the UK’s leading funder of new music.
Two runners up are also awarded a PRS Foundation Talent Development Prize.
Festival organiser Emily Eavis said: “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.”
“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.”
We're pleased to announce we're going ahead with this year's Emerging Talent Competition. The winners will be given a slot at Glastonbury 2021, plus a £5,000 Talent Development prize from @PRSFoundation. Listen to the longlisted acts at https://t.co/3v0jhasxke now!
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) April 29, 2020
Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation said: “The Emerging Talent Competition is an incredible opportunity and has been a fantastic springboard for so many successful music creators, including Declan McKenna, Marie White, Flohio and Izzy Bizu.”
“This unique combination of the opportunity to perform at the iconic Glastonbury Festival and receive vital career support has had a real and sustainable impact on those artists’ development. I’m very much looking forward to seeing who the winner and runners-up are this year.”
The longlist for the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition 2020 is as follows:
Abi Rose Kelly
Holly Redford Jones
Ryan De La Cruz
Strange New Places
Ten Foot Wizard
The Elephant Trees
The Last Skeptik
the slaughter house band
The Van T’S
Two Day Coma