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Glastonbury 2020's Emerging Talent Competition will still be going ahead

Glastonbury Festival have some good news to share! The iconic festival was forced to cancel it’s mammoth 50th celebration plans amid the lockdown. But they have now confirmed their annual Emerging Talent Competition will still go ahead in 2020.

The Somerset event was due to take place in June but has cancelled this year’s event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

That, thankfully, hasn’t stopped the festival with moving forward with their annual Emerging Talent Competition. The festival are once again on the hunt to find the best talent the UK & Ireland has to offer, even sharing a playlist of the 90 long-listed acts.

“At a time when the live music industry is on hold, and upcoming artists are not able to get out there and showcase their talents, I’m so pleased that we’re still able to shine a light on the best new acts in the UK and Ireland through the Emerging Talent Competition,” said Glastonbury chief organiser Emily Eavis.

“I’m hugely looking forward to hearing the 90 acts on the longlist – and I really hope that lots of others will listen and choose their favourites too.” You can listen to the playlist below.

The winners of the competition, which has some impressive alumni, will be awarded a slot to performs at Glastonbury Festival 20201 and be given a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation. The two runners-up will be similarly awarded £2,500 each.

“The 90 longlisted acts were picked by our judging panel of 30 UK music writers and bloggers. The Emerging Talent Competition is an incredible opportunity and has been a fantastic springboard for so many successful music creators, including Declan McKenna, Marie White, Flohio and Izzy Bizu,” said Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation.

“This unique combination of the opportunity to perform at the iconic Glastonbury Festival and receive vital career support has had a real and sustainable impact on those artists’ development. I’m very much looking forward to seeing who the winner and runners-up are this year.”