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Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2023 announces application window

Supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, the competition gives new UK and Ireland-based acts the chance at a slot on one of the Festival’s main stages.

Liam Konemann
  • By Liam Konemann
  • 24 Jan 2023
  • min read

Glastonbury Festival is now accepting applications for its 2023 Emerging Talent Competition.

Supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, the competition is free to enter and open to new UK and Ireland-based acts in any musical genre. Entrants compete for a 2023 slot on one of the festival’s main stages, with winners also receiving a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation. Two runners-up will each be awarded a Talent Development prize of £2,500.

The competition is open for entries for one week only, from 9am on Monday 30th January until 5pm Monday 6th February 2023. To apply, acts will need to submit a YouTube link to one original song, plus a link to a video of themselves playing live – whether that is on stage or in private. 

A longlist of 90 acts will be decided by a panel of 30 of the UK’s best music writers. Judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis will then narrow this down to a shortlist of eight artists, before the live finals in Pilton decide the winning act.

Joe Frankland, PRS Foundation chief executive officer, says, ‘Each year the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition unearths a huge array of exciting up and coming artists and is a fantastic career opportunity for the winners to perform at the legendary Glastonbury Festival as well as receive our vital funding support to develop their talents. It has been great to see the impact and the progress for competition finalists through the years, with many signing recording deals, touring nationally and international or securing syncs. We’re delighted to be continuing to partner with Glastonbury Festival and PRS for Music on this brilliant opportunity and looking forward to see which talented artists apply this year.’

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis McLaughlin won the 2022 competition, with Crae Wolf and English Teacher claiming runner-up places. The 2023 application form will be available here from 9am on Monday 30th January.