Lewis McLaughlin wins 2022 Emerging Talent Competition

May 1, 2022

After a truly wonderful night of live performances at Pilton Working Men’s Club, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis McLaughlin (pictured above) was named the winner of our 2022 Emerging Talent Competition, which is supported by PRS for Music and the PRS Foundation. Lewis wins a slot on one of the Festival’s main stages, plus a £5,000 Talent Development prize from the PRS Foundation.

The judges – who included Emily Eavis, Glastonbury stage bookers and music business professionals – awarded the two runners up places to rapper Crae Wolf and indie-rockers English Teacher. Both acts receive a £2,500 Talent Development prize from the PRS Foundation.

While announcing the winners, Emily Eavis also revealed that all seven acts on a night of powerful performances will be given slots at this year’s Festival.

The night also featured a sparkling appearance from the 2020 winner R.A.E who won the competition during the 2020 lockdown, and will finally get her slot at this year’s Festival.

Unfortunately, Smoothboi Ezra had to withdraw from the finals due to illness – but will be given a chance to perform as part of the 2023 final.

Here are our photos from a fantastic night at the Working Men’s Club.


English Teacher

Zola Courtney

Crae Wolf

Nia Wyn

Lewis McLaughlin



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