Want to play at Glastonbury?

By The Better Festival Group on 18 November 2009

Surely it’s every bands dream to play on stage at one of the biggest festivals known to man? So if you are a solo artist or have a band you really need to read on!

For the past five festivals, Glastonbury organisers have run a competition to find the greatest Emerging Talent to showcase on one of Glastonbury’s main stages (Pyramid or Other Stage). So far winners have been; We Have Band (2009), Golden Silvers, and The Travelling Band (2008), Liz Green (2007), The Deadbeats (2005), Blackbud and The Subways (2004).

This year the search for an Emerging act is back on with the return of the Emerging Talent Competition in association with Q Magazine for Glastonbury’s 40th Anniversary Festival in 2010.

To qualify you must not be signed to a major label and you must be based in the UK or Ireland.


There are two chances for acts to win this prestigious opportunity of a lifetime:

The first is by uploading two of their tracks onto the competition website at http://www.qthemusic.com/glastonburynewtalent/ before 25th January 2010. Musical experts from Q and the Glastonbury team will choose a shortlist of 150, these will then be judged by a judges panel, including Glastonbury's Emily Eavis, Q editor Paul Rees and Radio One's Huw Stephens. 12 finalists will compete for a slot at the festival in front of 11 influential judges by playing a 20 minute set in March. Finalists will be paid £150 per band or artist.

The second chance to win will be given to one of the acts who enter the competition before Friday 31st December 2009. They will instantly win the chance to play the Queen’s Head Stage at Glastonbury 2010. This early bird winner will also remain in the competition and keep their chance to be chosen as one of the 12 live audition finalists to win a slot on the Pyramid or Other stage.

Zena Gardner
The Better Festival Group

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