Last year we covered getting a music gig at a festival but as we all know, there’s much more to Pilton’s uber-festival than the superlative range of music. If you’re a talented performer or artist, here are a few current opportunities specific to Glastonbury 2015. Don’t hang about, though!
An annual late-night highlight for those wise enough to wander beyond the Other Stage, this fantastical arena, dominated by a now iconic recycled-military-hardware pyrotechnic spider sculpture, showcases the work of artists, performers and inventors not only through its bills but also in every aspect of its decor, including performance and party spaces, installations and cafes.
Organisers recently put out the call for any performers, artists, technological innovators, vibe generators or general visionary nutters, particularly working with recycled materials or sustainable energy, to make contact with a view to adding fresh creativity to the Arcadia project for Glastonbury and beyond. This year they took their weird, atmospheric after-hours experience to New Zealand’s Rhythm and Vines festival, so who knows where a collaboration could lead?
Anyone interested is invited to submit their mad or beautiful idea for an experimental new show, sculpture or themed space, whether grandiose or small and interactive, in the form of a description, image and practical outline to Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and by the end of February 2015 at the latest.
Poetry & Words
If your creativity tends more toward words than artworks, perhaps you’ll be more interested to learn that Poetry & Words is also inviting submissions for Glastonbury 2015. Each year the poetry tent welcomes spoken word artists of all varieties including stand-up poets, songsmiths, raconteurs and slammers, and has hosted performances by Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen and John Hegley. Experienced writers and performers who feel they’re ready to perform at the world’s biggest and best greenfield music and arts festival should email the organisers a short biography and up to three performance videos or audio files by 5pm 6 March 2015.
Last but by no means least, if you know you belong on a music stage, don’t miss this year’s opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Stornoway, Scouting For Girls, Treetop Flyers and the Subways by entering the festival’s annual Emerging Talent Competition for a slot on a main stage and a PRS For Music Foundation talent development cash award. As usual, entries will be accepted for just one week, this year strictly between 9am on Monday 19 January and 5pm Monday 26 January 2015.
Entries, via glastonburyfestivals.co.uk, must include links to an original song on SoundCloud and video of you performing live. A 120 act longlist compiled by a panel of 40 top music writers will be whittled down to a shortlist of eight by judges including Michael and Emily Eavis, before live finals in April at Pilton Working Men’s Club. Eight of the acts that entered in 2014 were programmed for the 2014 festival, and it’s a great way to get noticed even if you don’t win.
Good luck, and don’t forget to let us know how you get on.