As you may have seen on social media, Young Yizzy has made it through to the live final of Glastonbury Festival’s 2017 Emerging Talent Competition and is competing in the final! Previous finalists include major acts such as Izzy Bizu and She Drew The Gun.
This year Glastonbury Festival will see Grime take the focus, with BBK & Wiley performing on the mainstage. Hopefully Young Yizzy is able to add to this and become one of the youngest Grime artists to perform at the festival in history.
For the last 3 years all finalists have been invited to perform at the festival regardless of winning.
This is another exciting moment in the career and further recognition for Yizzy’s talent. We entered the track “Grime Kid” back in November, knowing that it would be a long shot with thousands of entries from all over the world competing to perform at the biggest festival in the world. Especially with Grime not being a traditional Glastonbury sound. However with Yizzy’s talent and the ongoing development, we knew that if anyone had a chance then he would be up there.
Recently Young Yizzy released the EP, “This Is Life” with support from BBC Radio 1 (Phil Taggart), BBC 1Xtra (Logan Sama, Semtex), Kiss (Rudekid), Radar Radio (Amy Becker, Argue, The Pit LDN, Kirby T & more ), Reprezent (NotstrictlyAmbs, Bantz & more) . Online and Print support has been strong with features and articles from Complex/Nation of Billions/ DIY/ Dummy/ Red Bull/ M Magazine/ NME/ The Guardian & many more.
The 8 finalists are: Flohio, Josh Barry, Lilith Ai, Lucas & King, Silences, Tyni, WOWH and Young Yizzy.
The eventual winners will perform a set on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival and will also be awarded a £5,000 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize, to help take their songwriting and performing to the next level. Two runners-up will also each be awarded a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.
The eight acts were selected by Glastonbury judges from the longlist of 120 artists which was compiled by 40 of the UK’s best online music writers, who chose their selections from thousands of entries. Dummy mag (who have been consistently supporting) tipped Yizzy for the final.
Emily Eavis: “Each year, we are blown away by the sheer amount of great music that’s being made by new, upcoming artists in the UK and Ireland. There really is so much talent out there, and it certainly wasn’t easy to narrow it down to just eight finalists. But we’ve ended up with a really strong list of acts and I can’t wait to see them all perform at the live final.”
This year’s invite-only final takes place tomorrow, and the Samurai Sound team will be travelling in support. We ask you all to get behind and support Yizzy and we will keep you updated!