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22 Jan 2020

Glastonbury Festival has revealed that its Emerging Talent Competition 2020, once again generously supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation will be open for entries from Monday 27 January. The free entry competition offers new UK and Ireland-based acts of any musical genre the opportunity to compete for a spot...

29 Apr 2019

After an evening of varied live performances at Pilton Working Men’s Club from an eclectic line-up of eight finalists, Hastings singer-songwriter Marie White was announced the winner of the Glastonbury 2019 Emerging Talent Competition, supported by PRS for Music and the PRS Foundation. Marie won a prestigious spot...

3 Apr 2019

I received the announcement of who has made the final cut in this year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition with the usual mix of pleasure and trepidation. Sadly, there was no room at the inn for the three wonderful acts – Sophie Morgan, The Harriets and Truly Ford - I chose from the 172 I listened to but all...

27 Mar 2019

While the 90 acts remaining in this year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition chew nails as they await news of the eight who will appear at the live final, it’s an opportune time to think back to some of the other entries that caught my ear while judging Round One. I had a list of over 170 acts to hear and wat...

21 Mar 2019

The annual Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition offers unsigned artistes based in the UK or Ireland a more even playing field in their quest to reach a wider audience. Only a handful of the several thousand acts who compete to play on one of the main stages at the iconic festival in June will make it to the fina...

4 Feb 2019

Albeit too late for Christmas, snow was coming to London. Without quite the intensity faced by The Night’s Watch, it came briefly towards the end of a bubbly set by New Zealand’s The Beths at the intriguingly named Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. The venue name sounds foodie-friendly but, with the likes of Florence &...

28 Jan 2019

Glastonbury Festival has launched its Emerging Talent Competition 2019, once again generously supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation. The free-to-enter contest offers new UK and ROI-based acts of any musical genre the opportunity to compete to play on one of the main stages at this summer’s Festival. The out...

1 Nov 2018

Ah, 1968. I remember it well… well, I recollect interviewing, if you can call it that, the Incredible String Band for our School Magazine. Not the actual School Magazine but, like, an alternative one, man. Archer was a rather pale version of Oz which all too briefly became the subversive vehicle of the Lower Sixth.


29 Jun 2018

However often you visit, you sense you’re taking a step back in time when you land on the Isle of Wight. The small, picturesque island harbours the gentle charm of British holiday resorts of yore, fundamentally with little change since the heady days of 1968 when it played host to its first rock festival. That year...

21 Apr 2018

Sandy Denny died 40 years ago this day and the memory of her inspired me to dust off this short piece and share it with you. Some years back ConsequenceofSound ran a feature about suitable songs for a funeral. A number of writers dug deep and made their contributions. This was mine.

What song would you like to be pl...

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outstanding contemporary music through news, album reviews, features, live reviews and interviews. 


Music is a great passion of mine. In my teenage years I was an avid record collector and concert goer. Stints as a booking agent, running folk clubs, promoting gigs and even a crack at artiste management followed. While it never became my main occupation, music was always on my personal radar.


During the past 10 years I have written for the leading US music website Consequence of Sound and breakthrough act site, BestNewBands. I am a judge for Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition and have regularly reviewed the festival for both sites.


Nothing gives me more pleasure than unearthing good, original new music and championing independent musicians. You’ll find many of them on this site alongside some legends of times past and I hope they will bring  you as much joy as they give me.


Tony Hardy



Covid-19 has rather put paid to them but may I commend:


Wednesdays at 6pm: Hattie Briggs - live stream on FB & Insta


Daily at 6pm UFN: Christine & The Queens live stream on Insta

Anytime for great live sets: KEXP's YouTube channel 

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