Ever year, around November, applications for summer festivals are being opened and we receive a lot of questions regarding them. Where can we find them? How to look for them? How long are they open? – are the most common questions. We work with a large group of unsigned and signed artists and we inform them about each opportunity as they arrive. But keeping an eye out and a hand on the pulse can be very hard when you are juggling daily work, music career and family life. This post has been months in the making. We were debating how to make it easier for unsigned bands to apply for festivals and in the beginning, we we were posting links on our Facebook Page.
Few days ago, Malicia had an eureka moment and we decided to gather all links into one big database and post it on our blog.
So here there are! Go crazy and apply to as many as you want – just note that they might close at any moment! Be quick, or be late!
UK Festivals (aka Domestic)
Isle of Wight Festival
13-16 July 2019, Newport, Isle of Wight
New Blood competition is organised by London Based agency Hot Vox
7 – 11 August 2019, Newquay
Electric Fields Festival
4-6 July 2019, Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill
24- 26 May 2019, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Nozstock The Hidden Valley
18-21 July, Bromyard
Live at Leeds – 4 May 2019, Leeds
Slam Dunk Festival – 25 May 2019, Leeds – both festivals belong to Future Sounds Group
Music Submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Live in Leeds: https://www.musicglue.com/live-at-leeds-2019/
25-27 July 2019, Standon, Hertfordshire
Application will open soon:
Are You Listening? Festival
27 April 2019, Reading
Bands interested in playing at the festival, please email the organizers at email@example.com and include a link to your music and a paragraph of background info.
Live in Chester
4-7 July 2019, Chester
Black Deer Festival (Americana and Country/Blues)
21 – 23 June 2019 Eridge Park, Kent
Tiree Music Festival
12-14 July, Tiree Island, Scotland
12-14 July 2019, East Sussex
Applications close on 15th of March so please hurry up!
The Long Road Festival
6-8 September 2019, Stanford Hall Leicestershire (Americana and Roots)
Festivals Abroad (aka Away)
If your band is looking to travel outside of the UK or move to the next level of their career, participating in an international gigs is a no brainer. We receive a lot of questions how to book a show in the EU or even in the USA, and there is no straight answer to this question. The best way is always to hire a professional booker, but those companies can ask for 20%-30% of your earnings per gig to cover their costs. Some bands book their own shows by contacting venues or local promoters in each country and sort out their own travels and housing arrangements. This can be costly and we do not recommend sleeping in your vans. This 1980’s approach may be working in certain cases but is draining and can be destructive. With AirBnB and hotel deals easily available on your mobile phones, it is much wiser to book the tour properly. But we digress. There is also another way, maybe a bit trickier and not as successful but you can look for open applications online. There are plenty out there and they do work as many DIY artists we spoke to booked their performances this way. Some applications can be paid (around £15-20), but the amounts are tiny when compared to what can be gained. A festival slot for a price of two burgers and a soda? Bargain!
The hardest part is always the beginning – musicians do not know where to go. We recommend speaking to your friends and networking with other bands, promoters or record labels. If you have nobody to help you, check the social media pages of artists that inspire you and find out where they will play that season or where they go on tour. Write down each venue, festival or event along with the dates and visit their official websites. Look for Contact, Apply, Submission or FAQ sections to find out if they offer open applications. You can also email the organisers or give them a call. Check social media for each event, applications are also advertised on Facebook or on Twitter. Sign up for newsletters so you don’t miss deadlines or important news.
Sweden Rock (application for 2020)
Joshua Tree Music Festival
The Joshua Tree Lake Campground, Joshua Tree, CA, US
Artists can apply for three annual festivals at the site here:
or file application at
18-21 September 2019, Hamburg, Germany
Enjoy the links and hopefully the summer festival season will be kind to you.