Pride’s Got Talent shines the spotlight on upcoming LGBTQ+ talent, celebrating and platforming emerging performers. Entering its eleventh year, it’s an opportunity to take part in an exciting competition within a positive and uplifting environment. The contest is held across multiple London LGBTQ+ venues with industry professional judges aiding in the growth of their artistry and careers, and culminates in a live final on a London West End theatre stage.

There are two sides to the contest:

  • Music - for live music acts, singers and songwriters;

  • Cabaret - anything you could consider under the umbrella of cabaret!

How it runs: Online Auditions - Live Heats - Live Semi-Finals - Live Grand Final

The winner from each side of the contest will receive a prize package including £1000 to help further their careers and a slot to perform at Trafalgar Square for Pride In London on 1st July 2023. The Music winner will be given the opportunity to release an EP of their music with BMG's Production Music library. The Cabaret winner will have their own show produced at a London venue. Further details to be announced.

Applications and auditions for Pride's Got Talent 2023 are now closed.

Here is information on the application process and competition performance dates.

Before you apply

Prepare your audition video

As part of the application form, you’ll need to submit an audition video via YouTube link. This does not need to be studio quality, can be filmed at home on your phone or laptop, or can be pre-existing footage of a live performance - keep it simple, our judges aren’t looking for video editing skills, they're looking for talent! These will be reviewed by a panel of industry judges and successful applicants will be invited to perform at one of our Live Heats. When uploading your video to YouTube, we recommend doing so as 'unlisted'. If you haven’t uploaded a video to YouTube before, click the link below to check our upload guide video:

Guide to uploading your audition video for Pride's Got Talent 2023

Guidelines for your video:

  • Keep the video under five minutes.

  • Perform one song, piece, act or set.

  • If you wish to begin by introducing yourself, feel free to do so.

  • Film in landscape.

  • Try not to be backlit, filming facing a window often gives the best lighting so we can see you.

  • The video must be a live act, not a mastered/produced/highly edited music video

If you have further questions:

Here’s an example of previous finalist’s video as an example:

Submit your application

Use our online form to submit your application to take part. It should take about ten minutes in total. Submissions are now closed.

To complete an application in the future you'll need

  • Your audition video uploaded to YouTube as “unlisted”.

  • A short bio about your act or group

  • A image of your act (hi-res preferred)

  • Links to your website or social media profiles (if you have any)

  • Your availability on selected dates between for our heats

If you're applying as a group we recommend that you fill out the form together to ensure everyone's details are correct. By entering the competition you accept the Pride's Got Talent competition terms and conditions.

After you apply

Our panel of judges review the videos and successful applicants will be invited to our Live Heats. Music and Cabaret acts are judged separately by our panel made up of a diverse range of relevant industry professionals.

Live heats

March/April 2023

Participants who are successful at the audition stage are given the opportunity to perform at one of our live heats in front of a panel of industry-recognised judges and live audience at a London LGBTQ+ venue. Each act will be asked to perform for a maximum of 8 minutes, be given feedback and may be asked some questions. The panel and producer also reserve the right to not listen to or watch full performances and to ensure that no one is discriminated against. The judges will judge on talent and quality within their category to select entries to compete in the semi-finals.

Semi finals

May 2023

Semi-finals will be held separately for the Music and Cabaret categories with the same format to our Live Heats. These will take place at Phoenix Arts Club in London’s West End.

The Final

June 2023

This will take place at a West End Theatre with finalists, once again, performing in front of a panel of judges and live audience. The winning artists, within both categories, will be announced as part of the shows finale.

Finalists are competing for the following:

  • Pride’s Got Talent Music Winner

  • Pride’s Got Talent Cabaret Winner

  • Associated Prizes including the BMG Songwriter Prize for one Music contestant