Glastonbury Festival announces return of its Emerging Talent Competition

The competition, supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, gives 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.

Jamie MacMillan
  • By Jamie MacMillan
  • 24 Jan 2022
  • min read

Details of the Glastonbury 2022 Emerging Talent Competition have been announced.

The competition gives fledgling acts 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 while the two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.

Acts from any musical genre can enter the 2022 competition from 9am Monday 31 January until 5pm Monday 7 February 2022.

Entries are allowed for one week only and in order to enter, acts need to supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of themselves performing live in some way.

A panel of 30 of the UK music writers will help compile a longlist of 90 acts which will then be narrowed down to a shortlist of eight artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before live finals in Pilton to decide the winning act.

The winner of the 2020 competition, south East Londoner R.A.E, will play on one of the main stages at this year's event as part of her prize following that year’s cancellation.

Other recent Emerging Talent Competition finalists include Marie White, Flohio, Izzy Bizu, She Drew The Gun and Declan McKenna. 2016 winners She Drew The Gun have received considerable acclaim for their politically-inspired psych-pop.

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said: 'We're so happy to announce the return of the Emerging Talent Competition, which is always one of the first big markers that another Glastonbury is on its way. The competition has helped us unearth so much amazing music over the years and I'm really excited to hear this year's crop of entries!'

Andrea Czapary Martin, chief executive, PRS for Music said: 'After a long hiatus, PRS for Music is pleased to see the return of Glastonbury Festival and its Emerging Talent Competition. This fantastic initiative shines a light on promising upcoming talent and gives them an opportunity to perform at one of the world’s greatest festivals. We look forward to seeing this year’s entries and can’t wait to return to Worthy Farm.'

Joe Frankland, chief executive, PRS Foundation, said: 'We’re very excited about the return of the Emerging Talent Competition. Time and time again, we’re blown away by the response from artists wanting to win a prestigious slot at Glastonbury Festival. Having been lucky enough to attend the live finals in Pilton for a number of years, I know it’s harder and harder each year to choose the winners.'

Enter the 2022 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition.