New band or artist? Fancy playing one of Glastonbury’s main stages?

Glasto’s emerging talent competition is back with an amazing opportunity to WIN A SLOT ON ONE OF THE BIG STAGES AT THE MOST FAMOUS MUSIC FESTIVAL OF ALL.
On top of that, winners will also receive five grand from the PRS for Music Foundation, while the second and third place acts get £2,500 each. It should also be noted that last year all eight finalists ended up playing somewhere at the festival!!

Entries are open for ONE WEEK ONLY from Monday 30th January 2017. ENTER HERE

Glastonbury were kind enough to ask me to be one of 40 music writers who’ll judge the first round. Last year one of my picks, Early Ghost, made it to the live finals and played Glastonbury. They’ve since split up but the splitting up bit is entirely optional!
Every musical genre under the sun is welcome to apply and my own three selections have in the past taken in country, punk, hip-hop, soul and more.
Even if you don’t win, making the long list is pretty good exposure. ‘The Slaves’ were one of my chosen three back in 2013 and despite not making the short-list went on to be nominated for the BBC Sound of 2015 award, the Mercury prize and played one of the main stages at Glastonbury too. Here’s last year’s winner’s She Drew The Gun at Pilton Working Men’s club.

Official details



Glastonbury Festival has today announced details of its EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2017, which is supported by PRS for Musicand PRS Foundation. The competition will give new UK and Ireland-based acts of any musical genre the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival.


The winners of the free-to-enter competition will also be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.


Acts from any musical genre can enter the 2017 competition FOR ONE WEEK ONLY from 9am Monday 30th January until 5pm Monday 6th February 2017 via


Recent Emerging Talent Competition finalists include R&B singer Izzy Bizu (a 2016 BRITs Critics’ Choice nominee and winner of the 2016 BBC Music Introducing Award) and singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who won ETC 2015 and has subsequently signed with Columbia and been longlisted in the BBC’s Sound Of 2017 poll. Last year’s ETC winners were politically-charged Merseyside band She Drew The Gun, who have since released their critically-acclaimed debut album.


To enter, acts will need to supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of themselves performing live (even if it’s only recorded in a bedroom).


Once the entries are in, a panel of 40 of the UK’s best music writers will help compile a longlist of 120 acts. The longlist will then be whittled down to a shortlist of 8 artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before the live finals at Pilton Working Men’s Club in April decide the winning act. For the past three years, all eight of the finalists were offered slots at that year’s Festival.


Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis:
New music is at the very heart of what we do here at Glastonbury. The Emerging Talent Competition has become such an important way for us to find the next wave of talent from across the genres, and then help to shine a light on it. I’m really excited to hear this year’s entries.”


Paul Clements, Commercial Director, PRS for Music, comments:

“I am delighted that PRS for Music is once again partnering with Glastonbury Festival for the Emerging Talent Competition – a brilliant initiative that paves the way for many artists at the beginning of their careers. We are all looking forward to seeing which new talents rise out of such a fantastic contest.”


Vanessa Reed Executive Director of PRS Foundation says:
“The Emerging Talent Competition is a fantastic opportunity for talented up and coming artists to receive vital support to develop their careers and perform at the iconic Glastonbury Festival. The level of talent each year has been consistently high with recent winner Declan McKenna signing to Columbia, with international festival bookings under his belt, and last year’s winner She Drew the Gun supporting The Coral at Shepherd’s Bush Empire last month following shows in Korea last year.  We’re looking forward to seeing which exciting new artists apply this year.”


About PRS Foundation
PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £23.6 million to over 5,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas.


About PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over two million music creators.