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Want to Play Glastonbury in 2024? Here’s How to Do It


If watching the Glastonbury 2023 footage has left you wanting to tick playing at the iconic festival off your gig bucket list, we have compiled a list of ways you can get your music in front of the 200,000 Glastonbury revellers in 2024. Knowing all the right people industry and having a major record label at your booking helm can help (massive understatement), but thankfully, that isn’t the only way to play Glastonbury 2024.

Just as buying tickets to attend the event feels like mission impossible, and the process leaves thousands of people disappointed each year, independent bands without high-profile bookers often feel the same frustration when attempting to seal a slot on the bill. However, if you’ve got the talent and perseverance, attempting to get booked is an endeavour worth seeing through.

How to Play Glastonbury 2024

  1. Play at the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition

Each year, PRS for Music and the PRS Foundation hosts the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition to give up-and-coming artists a chance to impress the stage bookers. After the 2023 Emerging Talent Competition, nine artists received an invitation to play at Glastonbury. The Cardiff-based musician, N’famady Kouyate, was hailed as the winner of the competition; in addition to being offered a main stage slot, he was also handed £5k from PRS, while the runners-up received £2.5k from the PRS foundation

The Emerging Talent Competition is only open to acts from the UK and Ireland. Aside from that, there are very few conditions for entry; independent artists from all genres are welcome. This year, the competition was only open from the 30th of January to the 5th of February. So, if you want to play at Glastonbury in 2024, be prepared to make your submissions at the start of 2024. To enter, you will need a YouTube link to an original recorded song, plus a link to a live performance. Naturally, the higher the quality of the live video footage, the better if you want to be placed on the long list.

Once all of the submissions are in, it is the unenviable task of 30 of the top UK music journalists to select 90 bands for the longlist before the Glastonbury organisers, including Michael and Emily Eavis, have their say.

In the words of the Glastonbury co-organiser, Emily Eavis;

“Showcasing new music is a hugely important part of what we do at Glastonbury, and the Emerging Talent Competition has helped us to discover so many incredible artists over the years. It’s amazing to be able to offer this platform to some of the brightest talent out there, and I can’t wait to hear this year’s entries!”

  1. Apply Directly to the Smaller Stages

Sending CDs in the mail to make the right impression with people in the music industry may sound like a marketing tactic from a bygone era. But surprisingly, with some of the small stages at Glastonbury, it is the best way to garner the bookers’ attention.

The Croissant Neuf Stage has been a Glasto fixture since the 80s; the times may have changed, but the ethos of the bookers hasn’t. They are still just as committed to championing local, independent, and grassroots artists. Other small stages still happy to receive direct bookings include the Acoustic Stage and the Poetry & Words Stage.

It can be tricky to get to know the vibe of each of the small stages without attending Glastonbury. So if 2024 isn’t your year to perform, you may want to contemplate attending as a networking punter to scope out where you would fit in the festival.

If exploring the 62 stages at Glastonbury in person isn’t an option, you can always try to find out which stage bands with a similar sound to yours played in previous years and apply for those stages directly. You will need to be just as discerning as when you are researching which blogs and radio stations to submit your music to. It will be a time-consuming process, but once you get that golden ticket of an artist pass, there is no telling the kind of Glasto doors you will open further down the road. A list of all the Glastonbury stages can be found here. To get to know the personality of each of the stages and areas, there are Facebook groups dedicated to most of them. Happy hunting!

For more industry advice and news, check out our other blogs, which show you how to cut through the static and get noticed as an independent artist. Alternatively, contact us about our one-to-one consultancy services.

Article by Amelia Vandergast

Glastonbury Festival to Receive $1M to Help Festival Continue

The iconic festival, Glastonbury, is set to receive £900,000 (Over US$1 million) funding after having to cancel in 2020 and 2021.

The Worthy Farm event in the UK is being supported as part of the government’s latest Cultural Recovery Fund announcement, with more than 2,700 organizations being handed grants and loans to help with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

An announcement from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed: “Glastonbury Festival will receive £900,000 (Over US$1 million) to help the festival continue in 2021, with two smaller events this year, as well as to carry the festival through to 2022.”

In a statement, organizers Michael and Emily Eavis said: “We’re extremely grateful to be offered a significant award from the Culture Recovery Fund.

“After losing millions from the cancellation of our last two Festivals, this grant will make a huge difference in helping to secure our future.”

The news comes days after Glastonbury confirmed a special ‘Live at Worthy Farm’ live stream event on May 22 with the likes of Coldplay, Haim and Damon Albarn taking to the stage.

On what fans will be getting for their tickets, Emily added: “We are going to take you on a journey through all of those spots that you know from Worthy Farm – the woods, the railway line, the stone circle, the pyramid, and it’s going to build into this epic journey around the site into the night.”

Accessible only to ticket buyers, the online event will be broadcast in full across four separate time zones, with staggered livestreams for the UK, Europe, Africa & the Middle East, East Coast North America & Central / South America, West Coast North America, and Australia, New Zealand & Asia.

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Andrew Maxwell Morris sings his way into our hearts with love lost ”All Over Now”

You want the love to last but you have no choice in the matter. It’s so vivid after having that face to face chat that tells you it’s all done. When you hear those words you realize that those memories will fade quickly. Or will you both still feel the burning passion to try again and not worry what your friends think?

All Over Now’‘ from Andrew Maxwell Morris is a breakup journey and it makes one very reflective. I sit here a bit gloomy wondering what might have been. I think to the future and hope that I can be the best man possible for my next girlfriend and hopefully Queen. After some growing up, it’s time.

Andrew Maxwell Morris is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. As well as performing at Glastonbury Festival for the past ten years, he has supported Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green and Marillion. An impressive resume indeed.

This song is off the new album ”Save The Light” from April this year. This song impresses highly and his experience shines brightly for the whole UK scene to see.

If you love Spotify then be sure to click through.

Soundcloud is the home to stream this track and his whole collection.

To find out more about live shows and more info head to his Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen