Emerging Talent Competition Performing at Glastonbury Festival


Our EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION 2015, gave new acts based in the UK and Ireland the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival. Following the live finals in Pilton on 11 April, the winner was Declan Mckenna (click for more info on the live finals).

Declan was also awarded a £5,000 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize, to help take his songwriting and performing to the next level. The two runners-up – Shields (2nd) and K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade (3rd) – were also each awarded a £2,500 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize. All eight finalists were given a slot at Glastonbury 2015.


Listen to a playlist of all 8 finalists below.

Acts from ANY MUSICAL GENRE were able to enter the 2015 competition FOR ONE WEEK ONLY from 9am Monday 19th January until 5pm Monday 26th January 2015 via this website. Previous ETC entrants include Stornoway, Scouting For Girls, Treetop Flyers, the Subways and last year’s winners M+A.

To enter, acts needed to supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of themselves performing live (even if it’s only recorded in a bedroom).

Once the entries were in, a panel of 40 of the UK’s top music writers began helping to compile a longlist of 120 acts. The longlist will then be whittled down to a shortlist of 8 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.

Says Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis: “New music is such an important part of Glastonbury, and the Emerging Talent Competition is always an incredible way for us to find fresh talent from across the musical spectrum. In fact, eight of the acts that entered in 2014 ended up with slots at Glastonbury 2014. I can’t wait to hear who we discover this year.”


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 Avalon Cafe, please follow the following steps:
1. Please email Lisa Pickering on fieldofavalon@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
2. Please state your genre of music
3. Please give a list of band members
4. Please give a short biog about the band/musician
5. Please send a video of one of your performances
6. Please send a link to your website
7. Please send three tracks
8. Please send a list of upcoming gigs and a list of previous gigs from the last twelve months
(Unfortunately due to the sheer volume of applicants it is not possible to personally reply to everyone.)

For Croissant Neuf Stage send CD’s to Sally, 6 Hillside, South Horrington, Wells, Somerset, BA5 3QE

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.

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