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Unsigned Bands and Performers

Somerset's Dragonsfly were in the Final

Glasto 2005 Jazz World Stage Unsigned Final

The Glastonbury Jazz World Stage Unsigned Final took place on Friday 4 March. Find out who won the coveted slot of playing on the Jazz World Stage at 2005's Glasto, see photos from the competition, and listen to interviews with the bands.

Now in its second year, the Glastonbury Unsigned Performers Competition gets thousands of entries from bands competing for slots on the John Peel Stage, the Dance Tent, the Acoustic Stage and the Jazz World Stage. The overall winner gets to play on the Other Stage.

The Glastonbury judges listen to three tracks from every CD which is sent in, and finally whittle down the entries to just six bands per category, who then have to battle it out in the Finals competition at the Pilton Working Men's Club.

And the winner is...

Michael Eavis
Michael Eavis was one of the judges

The six finalists who competed in the Jazz World Stage Unsigned Final were Paddy Milner, Unnati, Moya, Reem Kelani, Dragonsfly, and Kristian Bediiako's WorldFusion.

The groups had just 20 minutes each to impress the judging panel, which comprised Malcolm Haynes, Jazz World and Dance Programmer; Mark Simpson, Jazz World Stage Production Manager; Tony Benjamin, Jazz Lounge Programmer; and the Glastonbury guru himself, Michael Eavis.

Playing World Music with Celtic and Eastern flavours, Dragonsfly, from Cheddar and Butleigh, were the only local band to make it through to the Final. You can listen to a backstage interview with the band, and find out more about them, by clicking on the links at the top of this page.

After the six finalists had taken to the stage, it wasn't long before the judges announced African jazz group Moya as the winners of the exclusive spot on the Jazz World Stage at Glasto 2005.

Go backstage

Moya on stage at the Jazz World Final

By clicking on the audio links at the top of this page, you can listen to interviews with:

- Moya speaking about their triumph, minutes after they were announced as the winners of the competition.

- Somerset's Dragonsfly talking about their set, and what they've got lined up in the next few months. Although they were unlucky in this competition, you'll still be able to catch them at Glasto when they play the Croissant Neuf tent.

- Jazz artist Paddy Milner, who grew up in Dorset, speaking about his music and growing up in the West, backstage at the Finals.

- Some members of the judging panel discussing this year's entries, the judging process, and what it takes to get to play at Glasto.

- BlackBud, the winners of last year's New Band Tent Finals, who were at the Final, checking out this year's competition. Find out what they've been up to since they played at Glasto last year.

last updated: 30/12/05
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naked sunday collective
none needed!! (i dont think so anyway) :-)

Jimmy Smiles
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra a couple of years ago- wicked stage, always new discoveries to be made. Best of luck guys.

israel bhooshi
great stage jaime kulum 2005 darling joss stone

Maya from Dragonsfly
Thanks Wes, we've had some fantastic recognition from the finals. We really enjoyed it. Congratulations to Moya too and well done to all the other finalists who we really enjoyed aswell.

Congrats to both of you, glad you got something out of it Maya, you were great.

Jonathan and Moesha from Moya
We are all looking forward to playing on the Jazz World Stage. You can find more info about the band on our website. Thanks so much for the support.

Maya from Dragonsfly
Just been confirmed that we will also be playing the Avalon stage at Glastonbury on the Sunday after our performance at the finals and hearing our CD. Look out for us in the programme.

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