Glastonbury festival announces 2016 emerging talent competition

The winner will get the chance to play on one of the main stages at this year’s festival.

Glastonbury festival has announced details of its annual talent competition.

The winner of the contest, which is open to new UK and Ireland-based acts of any musical genre, will get the chance to compete for a slot on one of the main stages.

In addition, one winner will receive a £5,000 Talent Development prize to fund their songwriting and performing. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 prize.

Past entrants have included R&B singer Izzy Bizu, who was nominated on the BBC Sound Of 2016 poll and for a BRITs Critics’ Choice award, and fast-rising rapper Isaiah Dreads. Last year’s winner, singer-songwriter Declan McKenna has since signed a deal with the agency that also manages Metallica, Muse and Foals.

“New music has always been a huge part of what we do at Glastonbury, and the Emerging Talent Competition has become an incredible way for us to discover – and help draw attention to – the very latest talent,” said Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis of the contest.

To enter acts must share a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of themselves performing live. See the Glastonbury festival website for full details, the deadline is January 25.