Merseyside psych-pop act She Drew The Gun win Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent contest

The band won a slot on a top Glastonbury stage and a £5,000 development prize

Merseyside act She Drew The Gun have won Glastonbury‘s Emerging Talent Competition, coming out on top of the live finale on Saturday night (April 9) in Pilton.

The four-piece saw off competition from thousands of other acts in the free-to-enter annual contest, which took entries in January. The longlist of 120 was whittled down to eight by a panel of music writers before the final shortlist of artists performed at Saturday night’s final showcase. The final judging panel included festival organiser Emily Eavis.

The prize is a slot on one of Glastonbury’s main stages – which one is to be confirmed – and £5,000 to help with the band’s development.


On their website, She Drew The Gun describe themselves as “dreamy lyrical psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey.”

The site continues “[We] have just announced an April release for debut Album, Memories of the Future, the record is the result of Louisa Roach meeting with James Skelly in 2015. Introduced by a friend who heard her doing a live session for the local BBC introducing show, he liked what he heard and initial work on an EP became an album.”

“Going into the studio with the bare bones of the songs- poetic autobiographical lyrics set to haunting riffs and melodies – they built up the tracks, developing an electronic element into Roach’s sound. The result is a dark but dreamlike collection of stories from Roach’s life and imagination caught in a bubble of psych-tinged pop.”

After winning, the band said they were “really buzzing,” and asked “did that really happen?”

Watch the band’s performance in the competition final via Glastonbury’s YouTube account, below:


You can listen to Michael Eavis announcing the winner via Soundcloud, as well as hearing the band speaking briefly about the competition, below:

Glasgow R&B act Bossy Love came second in the contest, with London folk act Hattie Whitehead finishing in third. Both acts will be given a £2,500 talent development prize.

Previous Emerging Talent Competition entrants include hotly-tipped R&B singer Izzy Bizu (a 2016 BRITs Critics’ Choice and BBC Sound Of 2016 nominee) and fast-rising young rapper Isaiah Dreads. Last year’s winner was singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who has since signed a management deal with Q Prime, who also manage Metallica, Muse and Foals.