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R.A.E wins Glastonbury’s 2020 Emerging Talent Competition

R.A.E wins Glastonbury’s 2020 Emerging Talent Competition

The hip-hop & R&B artist wins a slot on a main stage at Glastonbury 2021 plus a £5,000 Talent Development prize

R.A.E has been crowned the winner of the 2020 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition.

Announcing the news via their social channels this evening (June 17), Glastonbury Festival said: “And the WINNER of our 2020 EMERGING TALENT COMPETITION is… SE London’s incredible R.A.E, who wowed the judges with her vibrant hip-hop & R&B! Huge congrats to R.A.E, who wins a slot on a main stage at Glastonbury 2021 plus a £5,000 @PRSFoundation Talent Development prize!”

In addition to bagging a slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, the London-based, hip-hop & R&B artist has also been awarded a £5,000 Talent Development prize from PRS Foundation, beating 7 other shortlisted acts, and thousands of other entrants to the prize.


Seconde place went to Newcastle’s AJIMAL, who also wins a slot at Glastonbury 2021 in addition to a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.

The third place went to West London singer-songwriter Matilda Mann, who likewise wins a spot at next year’s Glastonbury Festival and a £2,500 PRS Foundation Talent Development prize.

The most recent ETC winner was Hastings, East Sussex’s Marie White – with recent Emerging Talent Competition finalists include 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.


The 2020 instalment of the Worthy Farm-held event – set to take place in June and be headlined by Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift – was cancelled in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The news of the cancellation was followed by a joint announcement from Glastonbury Festival and the BBC informing fans a run of programming across the Glasto-weekend is to be expected instead, which will be celebrating the legendary Festival’s 50th anniversary.

In a message from organisers, announcing the Festival’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”

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