Glastonbury festival launches emerging talent competition



Glastonbury pyramid stage 2013

Glastonbury Festival has announced details of its emerging talent competition for 2014.

The contest gives unsigned artists from the UK and Ireland the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages at the festival.

Previous entrants include Stornoway, Scouting For Girls, Treetop Flyers and The Subways.

We can't wait to see what this year's competition brings
Emily Eavis
Glastonbury co-organiser

Last year's winners Bridie Jackson and the Arbour played five sets at Glastonbury last year.

Acts will be able to enter the competition between 20 and 27 January via the festival's website.

Once entry closes, a panel of around 40 of the UK's top online music writers will help compile a longlist of 120 acts.

The longlist will then be whittled down to a shortlist of eight artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before a live final showcase in April decides the winning act.

Glastonbury pyramid stage 2013
Image caption The Pyramid Stage during Mumford & Sons' headline show at Glastonbury 2013

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said: "We get very excited about new music, and the emerging talent competition is just a brilliant way for us to discover fresh talent.

"Our stage bookers come down to the live finals, and dozens of the acts who've entered over the years have been given a slot at the festival.

"We can't wait to see what this year's competition brings."

Last month Arcade Fire were announced as the first headliners for this year's festival, which will take place between 25 and 29 June at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

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