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 watch but could put just three of them through. My final choices – Sophie Morgan, The Harriets and Truly Ford – all stood out for the strength of their songwriting and performance. To say the least, this is a tough call so here are six other emerging artistes I heard through the process who really impressed me too. Tygermylk Tygermylk is the moniker of singer-songwriter Hayley Harland


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 final but the judging process is carefully structured to give all an equal chance to be heard. Once again this year, the contest is generously supported by PRS for Music and PRS Foundation who provide valuable cash bursaries for the winner and two runners-up. I was one of 30 UK music writers tasked with whittling down the entrants, from over 5,000 received, to a long list of 90 acts. E

FIFTY3 champions

outstanding contemporary music through news, album and live reviews, features 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 reviewed the festival for both the above 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:

Mondays at 8pm: Cressida Ford's Almost Acoustic Show on Radio Scarborough


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


Daily on Twitter: Tim Burgess' Listening Party

Anytime for great live sets: KEXP's YouTube channel Kingston store may be physically closed but please support online. Check out live streaming shows too!

  • Twitter B&W
  • Spotify Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon

© 2020 by Fifty3. Proudly created with

  • Facebook B&W
  • Twitter B&W
  • Instagram B&W