For The Turnstiles: Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition

A few weeks back I was given the opportunity to be a judge for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition. The winning band gets to play the main stage at Glastonbury. Understandably each of the forty blogger judges were given a batch of bands to listen to. I listened to at least one song from 159 bands and artists. From that list I choose three bands which will be revealed on the main Glastonbury website here: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

I’m going to share some of the music which really impressed me in my batch:

Klak Tic – Catholic Suicide

Danish musician Klak Tic has been London based for a number of years and released his debut album last year which NME rated with a 9/10! He is now recording album number two in North Wales. I adore this track here especially when the full band kick in at the four minute mark!

Klak Tik – pre gig rehearsal, Christianshavn DK from Sorenious Bonk on Vimeo.

Links: http://www.myspace.com/klaktik
http://www.klaktik.blogspot.com/

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Tanya & The Whiskey Princes – What’s a Girl To Do?

The band hailing from Belfast produce really wonderful folk pop not a million miles from the sounds of Natalie Merchant or more specifically 10,000 Maniacs. The debut album ‘One More Time For Fluffy And The Blue Jays’ was released at the end of last year and from what I’ve heard it’s a really good album.

Links: http://tanyaandthewhiskeyprinces.bandcamp.com/album/one-more-time-for-fluffy-and-the-blue-jays
http://www.myspace.com/tanyastrowgermusic

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Kuaigora – Daylight

Kuaigora is a band based in London with a Japanese singer & songwriter Rica Minami and many friends from various backgrounds. When I first heard the song Daylight I instantly fell in love with the epic sounds of Kuaigora. Check out Daylight for a Bat For Lashes sound from a fascinating and exceptional band.

Kuaigora – Daylight

Links: Facebook
MySpace

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Goodness – Wake Up

My list consisted of many rock bands which is understandable. There were only a handful which showed major promise such as Bristol band ‘Goodness’. They could well be the missing link between Elbow and Foals!

Goodness – Wake Up

Links: http://www.myspace.com/thegoodnessmusic
http://www.facebook.com/goodnessmusic?v=info

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Pippa Drysdale – Just Five Minutes

This song was the most infectious catchy song on my list. It’s a snappy radio friendly piece of power pop.

Links: http://www.pippadrysdale.com/
http://www.pippa-drysdale.blogspot.com/

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Time for a Thief – Holding The Gun

Another rock band I had a ball listening to were Cork band ‘Time for a Thief’. The band released a debut EP in 2009 and are slowly making a name for themselves in the Irish Rock Scene.

Time for a Thief – Holding The Gun

Links: http://www.myspace.com/timeisathiefband
http://soundcloud.com/timeisatune

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Miriam Jones – Rhythm Out

Oxford based Folk/Americana artist Miriam Jones has a wonderful soulful voice of the very highest quality. The quality of her songs are simply unreal. A superb listen!

Links: http://www.miriamjones.com/
http://miriamjones.bandcamp.com/album/fire-lives

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Northern Monkey – Ketamine Kim

Northern Monkey are a folk rock band hailing from the Midlands in the UK and write a decent tune. Ketamine Kim is a fine example of their sound with strong vocals, harmonies and biting lyrics.

Northern Monkey – Ketamine Kim

Links: http://www.myspace.com/northernmonkeymusic
http://soundcloud.com/ozzie987

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So there you have eight tracks from the 159 which I trolled through! I hope you found at least one new band to ‘Like’! Check back here soon when I’ll be writing about the three bands that I choose to go through to the next round of Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition.

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About Peter444

For The Turnstiles is the Folk Column for 4FortyFour! I'm an experienced maths teacher moonlighting as an unqualified freelance music journalist! I'm also behind the 2UIBestow website. If you're all about folk send me a message mixtape4melfi::at::gmail::com
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