Here’s your chance to play a set on Worthy Farm.
With Radiohead confirmed to headline the Pyramid Stage for a third time, this year’s Glastonbury looks set to be a special one, mud or no mud. If you’re a budding musician, though, 2017 could also be the year that you bag your own slot at the legendary Somerset festival.
Every year the organisers invite unknown and unsigned acts from the UK and Ireland to enter a contest and compete for a chance to perform. The Emerging Talent Competition, which is supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, kicks off next Monday, January 30.
Acts from any musical genre have just one week to enter, from 9am on January 30 until 5pm on February 6, via the Glastonbury website. Just send a link to one original song on SoundCloud plus a link to a video of yourself performing live – even if it’s just in your bedroom.
Once the entries are in, a panel of 40 UK music writers – including a staffer from FACT – will help compile a longlist of 120 acts. They will then be whittled down to a shortlist of eight 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.
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.
Head to Glastonbury’s website to enter the competition.
Last week Michael and Emily Eavis detailed plans for a new festival at a different location under the name of The Variety Bazaar, though event will likely not take place until 2021.