Sing Back In Anger At Glastonbury

A competition has been launched to give young musicians the chance to perform on Glastonbury's Left Field stage. Several lucky winners will be banded together to write their own protest song, before playing it to thousands of festival goers...

Entrants need to be aged between 14-18, committed to playing music and able to demonstrate the importance of protest in music.

The winners will be invited to the festival on the Thursday to meet their band mates and mentors, who include Billy Bragg and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, before knuckling down to write their song.

It will be performed on the Sunday at the Left Field stage, which aims to reaffirm the spirit of political debate among festival goers, promoting the value of trade union membership and collective campaigning.

The 5,000-capacity venue is one of the liveliest areas at Glastonbury Festival and organisers are promising a primetime slot for the winning band.

Virtual Festivals will once again be hosting the Friday night’s entertainment. Babyshambles, British Sea Power, The Rakes and The Others have all graced the stage in the past.  

The competition is being organised by Youth Music. A spokesman for the organisation said: “We have been working with the Left Field Stage since 2004 and some young bands have had a great opportunity to play on the stage, but this competition gives young musicians an even better opportunity to use their music to get their message heard.” 

Organisers hope the competition will demonstrate how young people view protest and encourage them to express their views on the issues that matter most to them.  

To enter, visit Youth Music‘s website HERE.  

Those who enter must submit:
– A paragraph on why they feel passionate about the subject of Protest and what they feel the issues for 2007 are
– A sound file demonstrating their ability on their instrument
– A photo
– A paragraph outlining how they got into music and who their main musical influences are

Entrants must be able to commit two hours of each day to band duties.