Consequence of Sound’s Tony Hardy was one of 40 UK based writers invited by Glastonbury Festival to select a long list of 120 artists from over 6,000 entries to the 2014 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. A panel including festival hosts, Michael & Emily Eavis, then had to select just eight acts to go through to the live finals.
Let’s be real, it’s a tough ask to win a national talent contest. When the prize is to appear on a main stage at the UK’s flagship festival, it makes you want to mouth the words of Billy Ocean. Well the going duly got tough and there are now just eight hopefuls with hats still in the ring. Sadly my three choices from Round One – Big Tent & The Gypsy Lantern, Echo Raptors, and Eyes for Gertrude – didn’t make the cut but all can hold heads up proudly. With luck, all three show up a little more now on the radar of music fans, promoters, bookers, and venues.
So, on to the final shortlist. Representing a fairly eclectic range, the eight acts that line up to compete on April 5th in Pilton, Glastonbury for a slot on a main stage are: The Black Tambourines, Pandr Eyez, Gibson Bull, Hero-Fisher, Only Girl, M+A, FURS, and Izzy Bizu. You can listen to them on the playlist below.
“We’re so proud of this shortlist,” Emily Eavis said. “It was really hard to get it down to just eight acts – the standard this year was incredible – but I think we’ve whittled it down to a really strong final eight. I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who entered, and to our team of judges for narrowing it down to 120 acts. Now bring on the live final!”