The South-East Londoner will get to play the Festival when it returns in 2022
Glastonbury organisers have announced R.A.E as the third act to be added to the 2022 Festival line-up.
The hip-hop and R&B artist was scheduled to play the 2021 edition of the festival after winning Glastonbury’s annual Emerging Talent Competition in 2020 – before it was forced to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The free-to-enter 2022 Emerging Talent Competition announced its return earlier today (24 January) and will be open to new UK and Ireland-based acts of any genre. Entrants are asked to supply a link to one original song on SoundCloud, plus a link to a video of themselves performing live.
This year’s competition opens at 9am on Monday 31st January until 5pm Monday 7th February, which means artists will have just one week to send in their entries. Like R.A.E, this year’s winner will then also go on to play the Festival later this summer.
A panel of 30 of the UK’s best music writers will help compile a longlist of 90 acts. The longlist will then be narrowed down to a shortlist of eight artists by judges including Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis, before the live finals in Pilton decide the winning act.
Confirming R.A.E appearance on the 2022 bill, Glastonbury organisers said: “The winner of the 2020 competition – which had its entry window before that year’s Festival was cancelled – was the incredible South-East Londoner R.A.E, who wowed the judges with her radiant, pin-sharp hip-hop and R&B. R.A.E will play on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival as part of her prize.
And the WINNER of our 2020 EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION is…
SE London’s incredible @itsR_A_E, who wowed the judges with her vibrant hip-hop & R&B!
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) June 17, 2020
Back in 2020, Emily Eavis said: “I’m absolutely thrilled for R.A.E Her music is so uplifting and vibrant, and she absolutely wowed the judges. I really can’t wait to see her at next year’s Glastonbury!”
Becci Scotcher, Senior Grants & Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation said: “Huge congratulations to the fantastic R.A.E. for winning this year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition!
“The shortlist was incredibly competitive and we’re delighted to be awarding our £5,000 talent development bursary to R.A.E. and both £2,500 bursaries to the brilliant runners-up AJIMAL and Matilda Mann. We look forward to following their progress and seeing them perform at next year’s Glastonbury Festival.”
Amy Field, Senior Events Manager, PRS for Music added: “A huge congratulations from all of us at PRS for Music to the outstanding R.A.E and runners up AJIMAL and Matilda Mann. The level of talent these songwriters have already displayed at such an early stage is inspiring. We look forward to supporting them as they take the next step in their careers.”
Ms Ross will be taking to the Pyramid Stage for the Sunday teatime Legends Slot, while Eilish will be playing the same stage on the Friday night – which will subsequently make her the Festival’s youngest ever solo headliner.
The first line-up poster taster for Glastonbury 2022 will probably not be unveiled by the Festival’s officials until February / March (or perhaps even the beginning of April), with the full line-up usually being unveiled towards the end of May.
That being said, there are many artists who confirm themselves prior to the official announcements by divulging the news during interviews, via social media or website listings.
Some of the recent artists to self-confirm for Glastonubry 2022 include Craig Charles, Black Dyke Band and Monsieur Doumani – while Noel Gallagher said he will be up for playing if asked.
To view our constantly updated list of all the latest line-up announcements and rumours, click here.
Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June.
Although tickets for the 2022 Festival have already sold out ahead of the 2020 cancelled event (with deposits paid for the 2020 Festival having rolled over for a second year), there are still ways to go to Glasto this summer.
Some of the opportunities include entering competitions, working at the Festival, volunteering or trying your luck in the spring resales which have yet to be officially confirmed (but will most likely take place sometime around March/April).
Please keep in mind that if and when tickets return to sale in a resale in the spring, you will need to have a festival registration to be able to buy one of these tickets.
To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury tickets, click here.