Brit Music: Yet more news about Glastonbury!

Michael and Emily Eavis at the 2012 NME awards. No prizes for guessing which is which.

Michael and Emily Eavis on the hopes that the Stones might do Glastonbury this year.

Note to self: Kasabian is not a reputable source for news about Glastonbury.

As you may know, about a week ago, there were reports that the Stones were confirmed as headliners at Glastonbury. There were also other ones like the Arctic Monkeys, Mariah Carey, and Rihanna, that I didn’t report because they weren’t on the NME newsfeed. But, now, on March 13, Emily Eavis took to Twitter to say: “Three nonsense headliner stories in a week, all completely untrue. Real news will be with you soon!”

Only a few artists have been confirmed, and all from the Silver Hayes (nee Dance Village) area, with artists like US rapper Nas,  Disclosure, Hot Natured, David Rodigan, Sub Focus, AlunaGeorge, Eats Everything, Rudimental and The Congos set to perform.

However, for those of you who were following the fight for the Emerging Artists stage, the artists have been announced. The eight finalists were selected from a long-list of 120 acts compiled by a panel of 40 music bloggers acting as judges. There were 8,000 entries to the competition in total.

The eight finalists are as follows:

A Band Called Wanda
Black Balloons
Bridie Jackson & Arbour
The Dancers
Isaiah Dreads
Lillian Todd Jones
Port Isla
Rhys Lloyd Morgan

Quoth Emily Eavis: “This year the standard was particularly high and we had a real struggle to cut it down to only eight finalists, but we are extremely happy with the finalists and have had them on repeat here in the farmhouse for the last few days. We look forward to the live finals next month. Thank you to everyone who entered – and to our amazing panel of blogger judges for narrowing down the thousands of entrants to such a great long list.”

A live final to determine the overall winner of Glastonbury’s emerging talent competition will take place at Pilton Working Men’s Club on Saturday April 6.

Fun fact: one of the eight thousand entrants tried to plug his entry on the comments on one of my Glastonbury posts. The band’s name is Entangled. Here is the band’s Myspace page, with six songs. Even though it didn’t make it, I will say it’s worth a listen.

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