Emerging Talent Competition / Performing at Glastonbury Festival


UPDATE: ETC 2019 entries are now closed. Many thanks to the thousands of you who put your act forward. Let the listening begin!

Glastonbury’s EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION is back for 2019, and is once again supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation.

The competition gives new UK and Ireland-based acts of any musical genre the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival.

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 2019 competition FOR ONE WEEK ONLY from 9am Monday 28th January until 5pm Monday 4th February 2019 using the form below.

To enter, acts needed to supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud (NB: the link must be accessible for judges to listen), plus a link to a video of themselves performing live, even if it’s only recorded in a bedroom.


Once the entries are in, a panel of 30 of the UK’s best music writers 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 in April decide the winning act. For the past four competitions, all eight of the finalists were offered slots at that year’s Festival.

Says Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis:
“After our year off, we can’t wait to hear the latest crop of undiscovered music that’s out there. New music is hugely important to what this Festival is about, and the Emerging Talent Competition has helped us to unearth so many incredible artists from across the genres. Bring on the entries!”

Amy Field, Events Manager, PRS for Music comments:
“Performing at Glastonbury Festival is a dream for many new artists, so I’m delighted for PRS for Music to be partnering with Glastonbury Festival once again on the Emerging Talent Competition, an amazing initiative that can make just that happen. I can’t wait to hear the music that comes out of this year’s edition.”

Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation says:
“The Emerging Talent Competition is an incredibly exciting opportunity for talented up and coming artists to receive vital support to develop their careers and perform at the legendary Glastonbury Festival. It has been fantastic to the see the progress of all the winners and runners-up through the years – whether signing major recording deals, touring nationally and international or securing syncs on major national TV advertising campaigns. Can’t wait to see which talented artists apply 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 & Words, click here.
For Acoustic Stage please send CDs to Glastonbury Acoustic Stage, Asgard, 125 Parkway, Regents Park, London, NW1 7PS
For Croissant Neuf Stage send CD’s to Sally, Croissant Neuf, 132 Wells Road, Glastonbury BA6 9AQ.

Here are Jason Bryant’s photos from the 2017 Emerging Talent Competition final.

ETC17 - 1 Lucas & King

ETC17 - 3Lilith Ai

ETC17 - 4 Josh Barry

ETC17 - 5 Silences

ETC17 - 7 TYNI

ETC17 - 6 WOWH

ETC17 - 8 Flohio

ETC17 - 9 Young Yizzy

ETC17 - 11The judges

ETC17 - 10 ETC17 - 13 ETC17 - 12


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