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Larmer Tree Festival have announced that they will once again be offering the chance for two unsigned acts to perform on the Festival stage this July!

Following a long history of supporting new artists, Larmer Tree Festival have announced today that the Breakthrough Music Awards will be returning in 2019. The awards aim to uncover the best in unsigned musical talent, with two slots on offer to perform at Larmer Tree Festival this July, one for a band and one for a singer-songwriter. Previous winners have gone on to perform around the world on Festival stages, as well as supporting major artists on tour.

Jack Savoretti

From Monday March 25, bands and musicians of all genres have been invited to enter, and will be whittled down to a shortlist before being put to the public vote online. The final will then take place on Friday 26th April at the Winchester Gate, Salisbury with the finalists battling it out in front of a live audience and a panel of industry professionals.

KT Tunstall

This year the judging panel will include Charlie Hearn, music booker for Larmer Tree Festival; Emma Hughes, bassist and backing vocalist for Kate Nash and owner of Salisbury-based charity Music Over Matter UK, and Paul Smith, owner of Vinyl Collectors and Sellers based in the Salisbury Cross Keys shopping centre.


The prestigious prize will see winners sharing the Larmer Tree bill with a host of internationally renowned artists. Already announced are Kate Tempest, Jack Savoretti, The Cat Empire, Gomez, The Shires and KT Tunstall, among many others. The Festival has also recently announced that their comedy line-up for 2019 will include Nish Kumar and Josie Long.

The Cat Empire

Colin Holton of Salisbury Live will be returning to produce the 2019 Awards. He said: “It’s fantastic that Salisbury Live has been asked to oversee the Breakthrough Music Awards again.

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“Last year was an absolute blast, and if this years entries are anything like last year then we are in for some fantastic music and some tough deliberation. Bring it on!”

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