Glasto talent contest reaches final stages

New bands hope to win slot at this year's bash

Several new bands are to compete for the chance to play Glastonbury this week (March 22-24) as the finals of the festival’s emerging talent contest takes place.

Judges led by organiser Michael Eavis will consider bands for four stages at this year’s event (June 22-24) with a series of gigs being held near the festival site this week.

Acts have been entered for the following stages John Peel, Acoustic, JazzWorld and the Dance Village, plus an overall winner will be picked who will record a session of BBC Radio 1 later in the year.

“New music has always been the lifeblood of the Festival,” said co-organiser Emily Eavis. “This has been our biggest competition ever, with some really exciting new music.”

This year’s short list – all hoping to follow past winners including The Subways – are:

The 9000


Emily Barker And The Red Clay Halo

Breaking The Illusion

Cortina Deluxx

Dr Meaker

The Epstein



The John E Vistic Experience

Liz Green

The Grim Northern Social


Haiki Loki

Heritage Survival Band

Mr Fogg


Simon X


The Soundcarriers



Thirty Pounds of Bone

Venus Bogardus

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