Emerging Talent Competition / Performing at Glastonbury Festival


After a wonderful night of live music at Pilton Working Men’s Club, Merseyside psych-pop four-piece She Drew The Gun (pictured above) were crowned the winners of our 2016 Emerging Talent Competition, which is supported by PRS for Music and the PRS for Music Foundation. The band wins a slot on one of the Festival’s main stages, plus a £5,000 Talent Development prize from the PRS Foundation.

Worthy FM captured the moment the winner was announced, and spoke to the band afterwards. Listen below:

The judges – who included Michael and Emily Eavis, Glastonbury stage bookers and music business professionals – awarded second place to Glasgow’s party-starting R&B pop act Bossy Love, with third place going to London-based folk singer Hattie Whitehead. Both acts receive a £2,500 Talent Development prize from the PRS Foundation.

While announcing the winners, Michael Eavis also revealed that all eight acts on a night of impressive performances will be given slots at this year’s Festival.

Last year’s winner was singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who has since signed a management deal with Q Prime, who also manage Metallica, Muse and Foals.

Says Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis: “New music has always been a huge part of what we do at Glastonbury, and the Emerging Talent Competition has become an incredible way for us to discover – and help draw attention to – the very latest talent.”

Vanessa Reed Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation says: “This is a brilliant opportunity for up-and-coming music creators from across the UK to get vital support at an early stage in their music careers, to develop their talent and also perform at the iconic Glastonbury festival.”


Agents for artists signed to record labels wishing to play at the Festival can contact the Festival in the usual manner.

Please note, we cannot accept CDs at the Festival office as none of our Stage Programmers are based there.

Some of the smaller stages do accept submissions for possible bookings:

For Poetry & Wordsclick here.

For Acoustic Stage please send CDs to Glastonbury Acoustic Stage, Asgard, 125 Parkway, Regents Park, London, NW1 7PS

For Shangri La, email shangri-la@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

For Croissant Neuf Stage send CD’s to Sally, Croissant Neuf, 132 Wells Road, Glastonbury BA6 9AQ.

If your band is already playing at the Festival, then you might be able to get another show at the Snake Pit in Shangri La if you email glastonbury@brightfx.co.uk.

The Avalon Cafe is now fully programmed for 2016.

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