"“In a country that doesn't discriminate between fame and infamy, the latter presents itself as plainly more achievable.”" ― Lionel Shriver

As David Bowie crooned, “Fame – could it be the best, could it be?” 


The Great Stage has always been one of the very best crucibles of stardom.  It’s where many have taken their first steps on the road to celebrity including the likes of Lily Allen, KT Tunstall and Eliza Doolittle, and where the biggest acts have always shone brightly at this temple to true talent. This year, we’ll be expecting you to shine back at them…


“You ask a lot of little kids today what they want to be when they grow up and they say "I want to be famous." You ask  them for what reason and they don't know or care. I think Andy Warhol got it wrong: in the future so many people are going to become famous that one day everybody will end up being anonymous for fifteen minutes."

- Banksy