When Hetta Falzon bought a ticket to attend the Glastonbury Festival in June, she had no idea she would be performing at the major event on the international music calendar – and on all five of its days.
The 17-year-old of Maltese descent will perform at the world-renowned festival after becoming the youngest person to win the global Pilton Stage competition.
“I had already bought a ticket for this year’s festival with my friends because it starts the day after my final A-level exam,” she said.
“That was before I had any idea I could play, let alone the fact that I will be every day.”
Falzon, who hails from Somerset, England, has secured a 30-minute set each day of the five-day contemporary performing arts festival that takes place in his hometown and attracts more than 200,000 people.
Top pop and rock artists headlined what is also known as Glasto, alongside thousands more appearing on smaller stages, while films and albums were taped at the festival , which enjoys wide television and journalistic coverage.
In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theater, circus, cabaret and other arts.
Glastonbury’s last event was in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Falzon had attended a few times, including the last two.
From an early age, she was classically trained in piano, voice and cello.
At 11, however, she started writing songs, which she quickly fell in love with and which became her main focus.
As a sixth-form student at Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school which provided her with the knowledge and opportunities to further develop her songwriting, performing at Glastonbury was on her to-do list.
“Every musician has the Glastonbury Festival on their to-do list,” she said.
“I feel so lucky to be able to tick it off at such a young age with so little experience compared to a professional singer-songwriter and hopefully this will be the first of many years to perform at the festival.”
Falzon faced 600 applications vying to perform at the Glastonbury Festival when she won this year’s global Pilton Stage competition.
Her proud grandfather, Joe Falzon, from Mosta, told The Times of Malta that she impressed the judges with her “accomplished compositions, beautiful melody and superb lyrics presented in a mature and original way”.
The songwriter fought off stiff competition in heats and then triumphed in the final held recently.
Last year, Falzon also won the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021 competition, in the category of songwriters aged 13-18 from the UK and Ireland, with his composition All it Takes.
She then presented her winning bid at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London, last September.
Falzon hopes her performance at what is seen as a major event in British culture – inspired by the hippie ethos, 1960s counterculture and the free festival movement – will lead to more festival opportunities. and concerts in the future.
“However, the ultimate dream career is to be a songwriter and I would love if any writing opportunities came from this event.”
His song can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/song_academy/all-it-takes-hetta-falzon.
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