Teenager Declan McKenna wins Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition

The London musician has earned a slot on one of the main stages at this year's festival

The winner of Glastonbury Festival‘s Emerging Talent Competition has been announced.

The news was confirmed at a live event in Pilton on Saturday (April 11), with London singer-songwriter Declan McKenna being picked as the winner. The 16 year-old musician has earned a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s festival and a £5,000 Talent Development prize from the PRS Foundation.

The judges awarded second place to Newcastle’s Shields, while Sheffield outfit KOG and the Zongo Brigade came third. Both acts will receive a £2,500 Talent Development prize.

Find out more information on the prize and the shortlist of nominees at the Glastonbury website.

Glastonbury 2015 will run from June 24-28 at its traditional home of Worthy Farm, Somerset. Kanye West and Foo Fighters have already been announced as headliners for this, with one final headline slot to be announced for the festival.

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree recently confirmed that the band will not headline this year’s festival, while Emily Eavis recently said that neither Coldplay or Florence + The Machine will headline either.

Meanwhile, over 100,000 people have signed an online petition to prevent Kanye West from headlining Glastonbury.

The Change.org petition was set up after the announcement that West will headline the Saturday night of this year’s festival. At the time of writing 133,285 people have backed the campaign.

Speaking exclusively to NME, the man behind the petition Neil Lonsdale, said: “Glastonbury needs upbeat major artists. Glastonbury is an institution. It is expected that it has the biggest names. The biggest performers. Kanye does not represent that.”

He added: “I fought the temptation to scream and instead opted to hurl my iPhone across the room. Two years ago we had The Rolling Stones playing the Saturday night, and this year we get Kanye West? It’s an outrage!”

Lonsdale also revealed that he’s never been to Glastonbury before.
https://link.brightcove.com/services/player/?bctid=4068364079001