We're very pleased to announce that the winners of this year's Emerging Talent Competition are Leeds band Ellen And The Escapades, who wowed the judges on Saturday night with their beguiling alt-folk. The band win a main stage slot at this year's Festival.
Said the band: "When we got the call telling us we'd won, the reaction was shock first, then tears, manic laughter and whoops of joy! Massive thanks to everyone there: we loved the whole Pilton experience and winning is the sweetest icing on an already awesome cake!"
Said the judges: "The standard of the acts was fantastic over the whole weekend, but in the end it was a unanimous decision. Ellen And The Escapades gave a wonderful performace, driven by great songwriting and Ellen's stunning voice. We're really looking forward to seeing them down here at the Festival in June."
To check out some of Ellen And The Escapades' songs, check out their MySpace.
It's also expected that several of the other finalists will be offered slots at the Festival by the various stage bookers who attended the finals. Keep an eye on the website for more news on that.
Finally, a big thanks to the 4,000-plus people who tuned in to the live webcast over the weekend. We were really pleased with how it went, and hope to return bigger and better next year.