Glastonbury Festival announces 2020 Emerging Talent Competition

The world-renowned festival has today (Tuesday) revealed details of its, PRS for Music and PRS Foundation supported, Emerging Talent Competition.

Bekki Bemrose
  • By Bekki Bemrose
  • 21 Jan 2020
  • min read
The world-renowned festival has today (Tuesday) revealed details of its, PRS for Music and PRS Foundation supported, Emerging Talent Competition.

The competition offers UK and Ireland-based acts from any musical genre the opportunity to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at the 50th anniversary edition of the festival.

The competition is free to enter and in addition to the spot on the bill, winners will be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to help take their career to the next level.

Two runners up will also each be awarded a £2,500 Foundation Talent Development prize.

The 2020 competition is open for entries for just one week, from 9am on 27 January until 5pm on 3 February.

To enter, acts need to supply a link to an original song on Soundcloud and a link to a video of themselves performing. To apply, please visit

Once entries have closed a panel of 30 UK music writers compile a longlist of 90 acts, which is then narrowed down to a shortlist of eight artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis.

Live finals will take place in Pilton in April to decide the winning act.

Singer-songwriter Marie White won the competition in 2019 and has subsequently signed with Decca Records and Universal Music Publishing Group.

Recent competition winners also include singer Josh Barry and psych-pop band She Drew the Gun, while rapper Flohio, R&B singer Izzy Bizu and singer songwriter Declan McKenna were also finalists.

Emily Eavis, Glastonbury co-organiser, says: ‘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 comments: ‘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, adds: ‘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.'