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Lewis McLaughlin wins Glastonbury’s 2022 Emerging Talent Competition

Lewis McLaughlin wins Glastonbury’s 2022 Emerging Talent Competition

The up and coming artist wins a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival, plus a £5,000 prize

Lewis McLaughlin has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition.

The competition finals, which took place this evening (Saturday, 30th April) in Pilton, Somerset saw the 7 shortlisted acts, which were handpicked from thousands of other entrants, battle it out for the grand prize.

Announcing the news of the winner on social media, Glastonbury Festival said: “And our 2022 Emerging Talent Competition winner is the amazing Lewis McLaughlin! He wins a £5,000 Talent Development prize from the PRS Foundation and a slot on one of the main stages at this year’s Festival!”

As mentioned in the tweet, in addition to bagging a slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, McLaughlin has also been awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation.

Runners-up Crae Wolf and English Teacher have likewise been awarded a performance slot at this year’s Festival, in addition to a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.

In light of Smoothboi Ezra (who was supposed to be one of the finalists this evening) not being able to play at tonight’s ETC live finals due to illness, Glastonbury has decided to let them perform at the 2023 finals instead.

While the judges – who included Emily Eavis, Glastonbury stage bookers and music business professionals – were making the decision about tonight’s winner, R.A.E, winner of the 2020 Emerging Talent Competition (during lockdown), broke out in a performance for the audience.

The Hip-hop and R&B artist who was scheduled to play the 2021 edition of the festival after winning the ETC in 2020 – before it was forced to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic – will also play the 2022 event when it finally returns this June. AJIMAL and Matilda Mann were named runners-up of that year’s competition.

PRS for Music later tweeted a message confirming that in a surprising turn of events, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis announced that all of tonight’s performers – which included Amahla, Crae Wolf, English Teacher, Lewis McLaughlin, Nia Wyn, SOFY and Zola Courtney – will be invited to play at this year’s Festival. 

Some of the recent ETC competition winners include Hastings, East Sussex’s Marie White – who won in 2019; Soul singer Josh Barry who won the 2017 ETC edition and has since toured with Rag’n’Bone Man and Gorgon City; R&B singer Izzy Bizu (a 2016 BRITs Critics’ Choice nominee and winner of the 2016 BBC Music Introducing Award); and singer-songwriter Declan McKenna, who won ETC 2015 and has subsequently signed with Columbia and been longlisted in the BBC’s Sound Of 2017 poll.

2022 will be the first year to see Glastonbury take place since 2019, after two consecutive cancellations due to the coronavirus crisis – both in 2020 and 2021.

Meanwhile, Field of AvalonSilver HayesGlasto LatinoTheatre & Circus Fields and most recently Arcadia are five of the areas to have revealed their line-up posters ahead of this year’s event – following Glastonbury’s first main line-up announcement poster revelation, shown below, which dropped in March of this year.

As seen in the poster above, it has been confirmed that Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar will be joining previously announced headliner Billie Eilish to top the bill at this year’s event.

Eilish will be playing the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night – and by doing so make history as the youngest ever solo artist to headline the Festival at only 20-years-old.

Another historic moment will occur when Sir Paul McCartney takes to the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night – which will subsequently make him the oldest Glastonbury headliner at 80-years-old.

Diana Ross will likewise be performing on the Pyramid Stage for the Sunday Teatime Legends Slot, while Lamar will be headlining the same stage later that evening.

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A platter of performers and attractions which have yet to be announced are still waiting in the pipeline to be revealed before the full line-up + times should finally drop around June time – as recently confirmed on Twitter by Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis.

That 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 Fatboy SlimChris DiffordCarl CoxHaimCourtney Barnett, Glastonbury-staple Craig Charles and Black Dyke Band – who said they will be opening the Pyramid Stage on Sunday morning (26 June).

Other acts who have been rumoured to make an appearance at this year’s event include Candi StantonBrass AgainstThe Chemical BrothersBasil BrushThe 1975, Harry Styles and The Lathums.

To view our full 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 now completely sold out, there are still ways to go to Glasto this summer.

Some of the opportunities include entering competitionsworking at the Festival and volunteering.


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Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers to the Festival might not know that tickets are only sold on one site which is: – and any other site claiming to sell tickets for the Festival are not authentic.

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