Despite 2020 festival cancellation, Glastonbury's talent competition is still on

Glastonbury Festival was all set to celebrate its 50th anniversary this June, but the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the festivities until 2021. All festivities, that is, except one.

Glastonbury has announced plans to continue with its Emerging Talent Competition, an annual competition to find the best up-and-coming talent in the UK and Ireland. While the winners would typically be awarded a slot at that year’s festival, this year’s winners will have more than a couple months to prepare before they play the 2021 festival. The winners of the competition are also awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation, and the runner-up will receive a £2,500 prize.

“The Emerging Talent Competition is a unique opportunity that highlights the extraordinary phenomenon of Glastonbury Festival and the important role that it plays in the UK music industry,” Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation, says in a release. “We look forward to hearing who comes forward this year.”

Listen to a playlist of the long-listed acts below.

glastonburyofficial · ETC 2020 Longlist

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