Glastonbury Festival has announced details of its 2020 Emerging Talent Competition, with the added bonus that this year, they’re getting FMS Magazine involved.

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 50th anniversary festival. A panel of UK music writers – including FMS Magazine’s Mark Muldoon – will help to judge the competition.

Marie White, Emerging Talent Competition Winner 2019

The winners of the free-to-enter competition will also be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from the competition’s supporters, PRS Foundation, to help take their songwriting and performing “to the next level” (but which you can maybe just spend on ice cream? Might be best to check with them). Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.

Acts from any musical genre can enter the 2020 competition for one week only from 9am Monday 27th January until 5pm Monday 3rd February 2020 on Glastonbury’s site – so pay attention there or keep an eye on their social media maybe? To enter, acts will need to supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of themselves performing live (even if it’s only recorded in a bedroom or hospital waiting room or something).

Josh Barry, Emerging Talent Competition Winner 2017

Once the entries are in, FMS and 29 other top UK’s writers and publications will whittle down the thousands of entrants to a longlist of 90 white hot new acts for the festival themselves – including Michael and Emily Eavis – to try to decide between. That list gets narrowed down to a shortlist of eight artists who are invited to play the live final in Pilton in April.

Previous finalists making waves include She Drew The Gun, Flohio, Izzy Bizu, Declan McKenna, Josh Barry and Marie White.

All this also means FMS will be down on the farm this year and will report back to you on Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar (let’s be honest, the final headliner is definitely going to be Kendrick Lamar). So that’s something else nice to look forward to.

Words & Photo: Mark Muldoon

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