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The Strays win The Pilton Stage competition and will play Glastonbury 2022

The Strays win The Pilton Stage competition and will play Glastonbury 2022

The up and coming band will be heading to Worthy Farm this summer

The Strays – a retro-inspired Punk, Pop n Roll 4 piece, fronted by Stella Sonic – are the winners of the (2020) Pilton Stage Competition and will play Glastonbury Festival when it returns in June.

The Pilton Stage – run by Neil Templar – is a contest that provides up and coming bands and solo artists of any musical genre the chance to compete for a performance slot at Glastonbury – while also getting to meet the legendary Festival founder, Michael Eavis himself.

The Strays reaction to their win (Instagram)

The final – which was set to take place in 2020 but was put back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – took place this evening (5 February) at ‘The Pilton Working Men’s Club’ in Somerset, included finalists Xander and the Peace Pirates, Mesh, Ryders Creed, Dusk Brother, Stealing Signs and winners The Strays – which will now go on to play the Field of Avalon at Glastonbury 2022.

The panel of judges who decided on the winner included BBC Radio Somerset’s Andy Bennett, TV presenter and music agent Gina Akers, Lisa who runs the Field of Avalon and Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis.

Back in 2019, the competition joint winners – which included Imprints, Chrissie Huntley and The Flavians – all went on to play the Festival that year.

Glastonbury organiser, Emily Eavis, recently said that some news about Glastonbury 2022 can be expected by the end of the month (February), while also confirming that the first line-up poster will be released in March, with individual area line-ups to follow – before the full line-up plus times will finally drop in June.

As it stands, Diana RossBillie EilishR.A.E and most recently Little Simz are the only artists to have been officially confirmed for playing Glastonbury Festival when it returns in 2022.

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.

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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 Courtney BarnettConfidence ManCraig CharlesBlack Dyke Band and Monsieur Doumani.

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 competitionsworking at the Festivalvolunteering or trying for tickets in the spring resales (which have yet to be officially confirmed but will most likely take place sometime around March/April).

To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury tickets, click here.

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