Fancy playing one of Glastonbury’s main stages?

Glasto’s emerging talent competition is back with a pretty unique opportunity to WIN A SLOT ON ONE OF THE BIG STAGES AT THE MOST FAMOUS MUSIC FESTIVAL OF ALL.
On top of that, this years 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 18th January 2016. ENTER HERE

After taking a break last year for the birth of my daughter, I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to rejoin thirty nine of the UK’s top music writers to help whittle down the entries to a longest of 120.
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 picks back in 2013 and despite not making the shortlist went on to be nominated for the BBC Sound of 2015 award, Mercury prize and by all accounts smashed the John Peel stage last year.

Official Details:

Glastonbury Festival has announced details of its EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2016, which 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 for Music Foundation to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize.

Acts from any musical genre can enter the 2016 competition FOR ONE WEEK ONLY from 9am Monday 18th January until 5pm Monday 25th January 2016 via

Last year’s winner was singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who has since signed a management deal with Q Prime, who also manage Metallica, Muse and Foals.


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 top 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. In both 2014 and 2015, all eight of the finalists were offered slots at that year’s Festival.

For more information about ETC2016, please head to the Glastonbury Festival website.