Nottingham rapper JayaHadADream to play coveted Glastonbury slot

JayaHadADream pictured performing on stage
JayaHadADream is based in Nottingham -Credit:Glastonbury

A Nottingham rapper and singer will play a much-coveted slot on one of Glastonbury's main stages this summer. Cambridge-born JayaHadADream secured the spot after winning the festival's 2024 Emerging Talent Competition.

The Jamaican-Irish artist came out on top of the eight acts in a live final at Pilton’s Working Men’s Club in Somerset on Saturday, April 27, after already beating thousands of online entries. She will join a line-up at Worthy Farm which includes heavy-hitters such as Coldplay, Dua Lipa and SZA.

JayaHadADream said that winning the competition, which also included £5,000 in funding, felt "completely surreal", "heartwarming" and "reassuring". Speaking to NME, she said: "There are so many emerging artists doing amazing things, so to feel this seen and heard in such a busy climate is incredible, especially in hip-hop where women are so underrepresented.

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“I’m going to bring some surprises and some featured artists and make it a really big show. I’m really excited to add some layers to the sound now and steal that space. I don’t need to worry about missing out on a ticket now either.”

Having started out making tracks in her bedroom at the age of 16, the independent artist said the prize money would be vital in helping her take her next career steps. “It’s going to be so important, particularly right now when I’m committing myself to music full-time,” she said. “We’ve taken a lot of risks and spent a lot of money getting to shows, so being able to invest more in what we’re doing is vital. I’m incredibly grateful.”