JayaHadADream wins Glastonbury's 2024 Emerging Talent Competition

JayaHadADream wins Glastonbury’s 2024 Emerging Talent Competition

The Cambridge-born independent rapper, singer and producer artist wins a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, plus a £5,000 prize

2024 Emerging Talent Competition winner JayaHadADream
2024 Emerging Talent Competition winner JayaHadADream • Credit: Rick Mav / Glastonbury Festival

JayaHadADream has been announced as the winner of the 2024 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, and along with a performance slot at this year’s Festival, the Cambridge-born artist will also be awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation to help take his songwriting and performing to the next level.

The competition finals, which took place yesterday evening (Saturday, 27th April) at the Pilton Working Men’s Club in Somerset, saw 8 shortlisted acts, battle it out for the grand prize – after being selected by Glastonbury judges from the longlist of 90 artists which was compiled by 30 of the UK’s best online music writers.

Announcing the news of the winner via its social channels yesterday night (27th April) at 10:41pm, Glastonbury Festival officials said: “And the winner of our 2024 Emerging Talent Competition is… the fantastic JayaHadADream, who wins a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s Glastonbury and a £5000 PRS Foundation talent development prize.”

Born in Cambridge, Jamaican-Irish JayaHadADream is an independent rapper, singer and producer, with her music being described as “a merge of thought-provoking, storytelling lyrics with smooth, soulful hip-hop beats”.

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The judges – who included Emily Eavis, Glastonbury stage bookers and music business professionals – gave the two runners-up places to singer-songwriter Nadia Kadek and soul singer Caleb Kunle. Both acts receive a £2,500 Talent Development prize from the PRS Foundation.

While announcing the winners, BBC 6 Music’s Huw Stephens also confirmed that all eight acts on a night of powerful performances will be given slots at this year’s Festival – including, The Ayoub Sisters, Bryte, KID 12, Olivia NelsonProblem Patterns, runners-up Nadia Kadek and Caleb Kunle, and 2024 ETC winner JayaHadADream.

Along with last year’s Emerging Talent Competition winner, N’famady Kouyaté, other acts who have previously won the prestigious award include 2022 winner Lewis McLaughlin; 2019 winner East Sussex’s Marie White; 2017 winner Soul singer Josh Barry – who has since toured with Rag’n’Bone Man and Gorgon City; 2016 BRITs Critics’ Choice nominee and winner of the 2016 BBC Music Introducing Award, R&B singer Izzy Bizu; and 2015 winner singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who after winning that year’s ETC went on to sign with Columbia and get longlisted in the BBC’s Sound Of 2017 poll.

Lineup & Rumours

After West Holts was the fifth area to reveal its line-up poster for Glastonbury 2024 just yesterday (26th April) – Earlier this month, The Glade was the fourth area to announce its line-up on the 22nd of April, with Shangri-La before that on the 19th of April, after Field of Avalon on the 16th of April, and Acoustic Stage on the 12th of April.

With only less than 62 days to go until Glastonbury opens its gates for this summer’s event, we can continue to expect more individual areas and stages to announce their dedicated line-ups over the coming weeks before the full bill gets revealed sometime at the end of May in the buildup to this year’s Festival.

Although the full Glasto line-up doesn’t tend to get released until the end of May, this year, the first main line-up poster was announced on Thursday morning (14th March), in which it confirmed that Dua Lipa, Coldplay and SZA will be taking to the iconic Pyramid Stage to headline the event this summer on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Festival, respectively.

Shania Twain was also announced as this year’s Sunday afternoon tea-time Legends slot performer, along with a spread of artists, including LCD Soundsystem, Little Simz, Burna Boy, PJ Harvey, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Kiwanuka, Janelle Monae, Olivia Dean, Paloma Faith and Keane, and many more.

That said, there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ before the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing Glasto rumours.

Click here to view our daily updated list of acts confirmed, rumoured and unlikely to perform at Glastonbury 2024, so far.

Glastonbury 2024 lineup poster, designed by Stanley Donwood.
Glastonbury 2024 lineup poster · design: Stanley Donwood · Credit: Glastonbury Festival

Competitions Opportunities

Although all tickets have now sold out, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include working and volunteering at the Festival, as well as entering the many competitions, once these options make themselves available.

Last month (4th March), Brothers Cider was confirmed as the “Official Cider for Glastonbury 2024”, and to celebrate the announcement, they are giving away 10 pairs of General Admission tickets to this year’s sold-out event.

Along with the latest WaterAid contest, there are several other competitions currently running for the chance of winning tickets for Glastonbury 2024 – including opportunities from Clipper Teas, Guardian, Time Out, White Claw, Tony’s Chocolonely & Oxfam, Chilly’s, Hunter Boots, plus many more to come.

Click here to view our daily updated list of all the competitions currently running for the chance of winning tickets to this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Credit: Andrew Allcock / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Site Changes & Updates

When revealing its lineup earlier in the month, late-night area Shangri-La also announced a brand-new venue named Arrivals. Designed by Shankho Chaudhuri, Esha Sikander & Shirin Naveed, and featuring the work of iIllustrator Osheen Siva, the new space is described as the “first dedicated South Asian space” to be created, designed, and built by an entirely South Asian team.

“The visitors to Arrivals will be transported through a portal to an alien jungle planet, immersed by an audio-visual world coded in solar punk, carnivorous plants, cyborg beasts and space pirates. The space bridges across nostalgia to futurism, a sensory feast of vivid lights and colours, remixing the worlds of pulp sci-fi classics within a newly redefined South Asian aesthetic.”

In addition to new South Asian space, Glastonbury is said to also introduce a new bar for 2024 titled ‘The Brewery‘ – As a statement published on the official Festival website reads: “Just along the boulevard from the Pyramid stage that we hope will soon become a firm festival must-visit. Take a seat & enjoy your favourite drink & music with your favourite people”.

The Festival was given both praise for a “very well-run” festival in 2023, as well as a series of recommendations for this year’s edition by council officers on how it may improve ahead of the upcoming event.

Some of the improvement recommendations include better crowd control, bars displaying relevant allergen information, better walkways and additional toilets and water refill stations at The Park and The Stone Circle areas.

Elsewhere, the Rabbit Hole at Glastonbury has announced it will not be returning to Worthy Farm for the 2024 edition of the Festival – In a post on Facebook, the Rabbit Hole organisers said: “It is with gladness in our hearts and love for all of you, that we announce that the Rabbit Hole is disappearing into the ether and will not be at Glastonbury 2024. All great things come to an end and yet the end of one thing is but the beginning of another! What dreams may come!”

Although it has yet to be announced what will be replacing the beloved venue, rumours have it that it might be something created by the same team.

The Rabbit Hole at Glastonbury 2023.
The Rabbit Hole (2023) · Credit: Andre Pattenden

In Other News

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis was knighted by the Princess Royal for his contributions to music and charity – after previously receiving a CBE in 2007.

The investiture ceremony which took place at Windsor Castle earlier this week (Tuesday, 23rd April) also honoured two former England cricketers, Stuart Broad and Lydia Greenway, who have been recognised by King Charles.

The 88-year-old legend – whose full name is Athelstan Joseph Michael Eavis – transformed the Somerset event into one of the most widely celebrated music festivals in the world, drawing in over 200,000 people every year as well as the biggest musical talent and celebrity as its guests.

Michael Eavis at Worth Farm.
Michael Eavis (2016) • Credit: Bolder
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