Calling all Christian artists! You only have a few days to enter into Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition! “Glastonbury?” I hear you say. Yes! Organisers of what has become Europe’s biggest musical festival are inviting artists from “any musical genre” to enter the 2015 competition FOR ONE WEEK ONLY. The competition opened at 9am on Monday 19th January and will close at 5pm on Monday 26th January 2015.
About the Emerging Talent Competition 2015
This competition gives the opportunity for up and coming acts in the UK and Ireland to compete for a chance to perform on the main stage of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Entry is completely free – which is great considering the fact that the winners also get a “£5,000 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize, to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development prize.” (www.glastinburyfestivals.co.uk)
How do I Enter?
It’s simple. All you have to do is supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of yourself performing live (even if it’s only recorded in a bedroom). Follow this link to complete a quick and easy form: Emerging Talent Competition 2015. They have only opened the competition for a week so you better get your skates on.
Well, 2014 saw a growth in the number of Christian artists getting their music out into the mainstream. American Christian Hip Hop artist – Lecrea was at the forefront of this wave with his single “All I Need is You” knocking Nicki Minaj off the number 1 Itunes chart spot. Let’s not forget UK based artists such as Roucheon whose album ‘Love Royelle’ successfully made it on to the UK National Urban Charts and Ricardo Rocstarr whose album ‘The Show’ reached number 2 in the Itunes RnB Charts.
I for one am very encouraged and believe that the more music with positive messages that can infiltrate the continual stream of destructive ideals being sold to our youth the better! Be a light in the darkness and all that. Another encouraging fact is that the Christian/Gospel scene has worked hard to increase the quality of music it puts out and is able to confidently share the stage with the secular. So I would encourage you Christian artist, regardless of the genre of music, to enter into this competition. You never know, if enough of you enter, it may cause the Glastonbury team to start to look at Christian music a little more closely and maybe include more Christian artists in future festivals.
Just in case you have been living under a rock all these years, here’s a little bit of information about the Glastonbury Festivals. Created by Michael Eavis on his own land, Worthy Farm in Pilton, the annual 5 day festival attracts thousands of people from across Europe. Glastonbury headlines leading pop, rock, dance, RnB and Hip Hop artists. They also usually have a number of smaller stages for various other acts. Since its formation in 1970, the Glastonbury Festival has become a televised event and is attended by around 175,000 people per year. Get the full history here: Glastonbury Festival History
Author: Adaeze Chiwoko, Vinejuice