We’re very pleased to announce the eight acts that have made it through to the live final of Glastonbury Festival’s 2016 Emerging Talent Competition, which is supported by PRS for Music and the PRS for Music Foundation.
The acts are: Bossy Love, Early Ghost, Gillbanks, Hattie Whitehead, Henry Green, Lady Sanity, Marcus McCoan and She Drew The Gun. You can hear all eight finalists below:
The eventual winners will perform a set on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival and will also be awarded a £5,000 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize, to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize.
The eight acts were selected by Glastonbury judges – including Glastonbury’s co-director and co-organiser Emily Eavis and the Festival’s Head of Music Programming, Nick Dewey – from the longlist of 120 artists which was compiled by 40 of the UK’s best online music writers, who chose their selections from thousands of entries.
Said Emily Eavis: “Once again, we’ve been impressed by both the quality and quantity of new music out there in the UK and Ireland, with thousands of talented acts entering this year’s competition. It was extremely tough to narrow the 120 acts on the longlist down to 8 finalists, but we’re really pleased with the group of acts we’ve ended up with. I can’t wait to see them play at the live finals.”
This year’s invite-only final will take place on Saturday 9th April, 2016.