Just two weeks after Birchwood musician, Abi Rose Kelly released her second single, Polaroids & Violence, she has been announced on a longlist for the iconic Glastonbury Festival’s emerging talent competition.
Out of thousands of entries submitted in January, the James’ Corsa singer is one of 90 that have made it to next stage of the competition which has seen the likes of Declan McKenna, Scouting For Girls and She Drew The Gun as winners.
Picked by a judging panel made up of 30 of the UK’s best online music writers & bloggers, the winner will claim a slot on one of the main stages at the Festival as well as a £5000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation.
With the yearly festival cancelled for 2020 in March, the prize has been rolled over to 2021 which will no doubt mean the winner will have a whirlwind year in the lead up to what would be a performance at one of the most iconic music festivals in the world.
These acts will now be whittled down to a shortlist of just 8 acts, by judges including Emily Eavis and Glastonbury’s Head of Music Programming, Nick Dewey. The shortlist will be announced in the week commencing May 18th.
It comes not long after Abi released her second single ‘Polaroids & Violence’, which was recorded with Gareth Nuttall (The K’s, The Lottery Winners) at The Lounge Recording Studio in Wigan.
Born in Yorkshire and raised in the north-west of England, it was moving to Warrington when she was 16, that reignited Abi Rose Kelly’s passion for songwriting.
Often writing songs for her friends initially as jokes, opportunities to get on stage at Priestley College gave her a taste of performing live and has since continued raising the bar.
Performing vocals and playing guitar on stage, Abi is joined on stage by musicians she has developed a strong bond with who compliment her sound. Luke Griffith (Lead Guitar), Isobelle (Bass) & Sonny Price (Drums).
Upon finding out she had been longlisted for the competition, Abi said: “It means so much to be nominated. Crazy stuff, it’s great news in such strange times.”
Admiring bands such as Blur & Fontaine’s D.C. for their storytelling abilities, Abi offers an unique perspective, to growing up in a modern society and the tribulations that come with it.
With over 60,000 streams of her debut single ‘James’ Corsa’ inspired by a lost phone and a surge in popularity, having been features on BBC Introducing and Radio Warrington, Abi Rose Kelly will be one to watch in the near future.
The longlist for the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition 2020 is as follows:
Abi Rose Kelly
Holly Redford Jones
Ryan De La Cruz
Strange New Places
Ten Foot Wizard
The Elephant Trees
The Last Skeptik
the slaughter house band
The Van T’S
Two Day Coma
“Abi Rose Kelly has created a swaggering, confident noise here. It packs a solid guitar punch yet never take its eye off ensuring there’s a great good tune at its core. It’s ace.” – FMS Magazine
She’s also incredibly gifted and has an exciting future ahead of her.
– Independent Indie News, Ones to watch 2020
A stunning follow up single which further exhibits Abi’s hypnotic vocals and intriguing lyrics that compliment her presence perfectly.
– Mike Massey, Radio Warrington