Glastonbury Festival announces the 2023 Emerging Talent Competition
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.
Acts from any musical genre can enter the 2023 competition for one week only, from 9am Monday 30th January until 5pm Monday 6th February 2023.
Once the entries are in, a panel of 30 UK music writers – Best Fit among them – will help compile a longlist of 90 acts. The longlist will then be narrowed down to a shortlist of eight artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before the live finals in Pilton decide the winning act.
“Showcasing new music is a hugely important part of what we do at Glastonbury, and the Emerging Talent Competition has helped us to discover so many incredible artists over the years,” says Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said. “It’s amazing to be able to offer this platform to some of the brightest talent out there, and I can’t wait to hear this year’s entries!”
The winner of the 2022 competition was the Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis McLaughlin, who has since seen his star continue to rise with a series of acclaimed TV, radio and live performances.
Entry to the competion is via glastonburyfestivals.co.uk