Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2020 to go ahead

The winner of the Emerging Talent Competition 2019 was singer-songwriter Marie White, who has since signed with Decca Records and Universal Music Publishing Group.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 29 Apr 2020
  • min read

Glastonbury Festival has announced its Emerging Talent Competition, supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, will still be going ahead despite the cancellation of the main event.

The competition gives new UK and Ireland-based acts the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at the festival. This year's winners will be given a slot at Glastonbury 2021.

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.

Emily Eavis, co-organiser, Glastonbury Festival, said: It’s always such a pleasure to hear the latest crop of amazing, undiscovered music that’s out there. Over the years, the Emerging Talent Competition has helped us to unearth so many incredible artists from across the genres – dozens of whom have been given slots at the Festival. I can’t wait to hear this year’s entries!'

Amy Field, senior events manager, PRS for Music, said: ‘Performing at Glastonbury Festival is a dream for many new artists and this year is extra special due to it being Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary. PRS for Music is delighted to be partnering with Glastonbury Festival once again on the Emerging Talent Competition, an amazing initiative that brings new talent to the forefront and gives them an opportunity to perform at the best festival in the world. The competition is a highlight of the year for us and our members. I can’t wait to hear the music that this year brings.’

Joe Frankland, chief executive, PRS Foundation, says: ‘The Emerging Talent Competition is a unique opportunity that highlights the extraordinary phenomenon of Glastonbury Festival and the important role that it plays in the UK music industry. Some of our major success stories at PRS Foundation have been discovered at the Emerging Talent Competition final, including Flohio, She Drew The Gun, Izzy Bizu and Declan McKenna. With a prestigious slot at Glastonbury Festival and a talent development bursary, all of these artists have been able to get to the next stage in their career – there might even be a few future headliners in there! We look forward to hearing who comes forward this year.’

Listen to a playlist of the 90 longlisted acts.