Festival

Festival Application Guide 2023

Are you an emerging act looking to get on a festival bill in 2023? We’ve pulled together a list of festivals accepting applications to help you get on with the show.

Liam Konemann
  • By Liam Konemann
  • 24 Nov 2022
  • min read

If you're an emerging artist looking to join a festival line-up, it can be tough to know where to start. As we look towards the 2023 season, we've compiled a list of UK and international festivals currently taking submissions.

Most festivals are free to enter, but some may require you to pay a fee. Please read the submission criteria carefully and research the festival to make sure your act is suitable.

Where possible, we’ve listed closing dates. For anything without a date, it’s best to apply as soon as possible.

If you receive an invitation to play an international showcase, you can apply for funding through PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund.

We’ll be updating the list as more applications open, so make sure to bookmark this page and keep checking back for new opportunities.

If you'd like your event included in the guide, please email us or get in touch via our social media channels.

Good luck!

Updated: 24 November 2022

February 2023 Festivals

Future Echoes 2023, Sweden - Apply here (close 30 Nov 22)

March 2023 Festivals

Earth Beat, New Zealand - Apply here
Snowboxx, France - Apply by email (DJs only)

April 2023 Festivals

Backwoods Music Festival, USA - Apply here

May 2023 Festivals

Bali Spirit Festival, Bali - Apply here
The Great Escape 2023, Brighton - Apply here (closes 15 Feb 23)
Strawberry, USA - Apply here
Dot to Dot, Bristol and Nottingham - Apply here
Joshua Tree Music Festival, USA - Apply here
LeeStock, Suffolk - Apply by email
Talinn Music Week, Estonia - Apply here
Tomavistas, Spain - Apply here

June 2023 Festivals

Glastonbury, Somerset - Emerging Talent Competition (opens early 2023)
NXNE, Canada - Apply here
Black Deer Festival, Kent - Apply here
Leigh Folk Festival, Essex - Apply here
Kite Festival, Oxfordshire - Apply here
Sea Sessions, Ireland - Apply by email
Barn on the Farm, Gloucester - Apply here
Sweden Rock, Sweden - Apply here
Eden Festival, Scotland - Apply here
Bridge City Music Festival, USA - Apply here
Blue Ox, Wisconsin USA - Apply here (local bands only)
Meadows In The Mountains, Bulgaria - Apply here

July 2023 Festivals

El Dorado, Herefordshire - Apply here
Kendal Calling, Cumbria - Apply here (opening soon)
Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland - Apply here
Love Supreme Jazz Festival - Apply here (opening soon)
Nibley, Cotswolds - Apply here
Doune the Rabbit Hole, Scotland - Apply here (opening soon)
Beat-Herder, Lancashire - Apply here (opening soon)
Blue Dot Festival, Cheshire - Apply here
Tramlines 2023, Sheffield - Apply here (opens Spring 23)
Truck Festival, Oxfordshire - Apply here (opening soon)
Belladrum, Scotland - Apply here
WOMAD, Malmesbury UK - Apply here (closes 22 Dec 22)
Camp Bestival, Dorset - Apply here
EskFest, Lake District - Apply here (closes 1 Feb 23)
Nass Festival, Bristol - Apply here (opening soon)
2000 Trees Festival, Cotswolds - Apply here
Tiree Music Festival, Scotland - Apply here

August 2023 Festivals

Boomtown Chapter 2, Winchester - Apply here
Bloodstock, Derbyshire - Apply here
110 Above, Leicestershire - Apply here (opening soon)
Arctangent, Bristol - Apply here
Green Man, Wales - Apply here (opens early 23)
The Big Feastival, Cotswolds - Apply here
Victorious, Portsmouth - Apply here (closes 13 Mar 23)
Valley Fest, Bristol - Apply here (opening TBC)
Wickham Festival, Wickham - Apply here (local artists only)
Edinburgh Fringe, Scotland - Apply here 
Off Festival, Poland - Apply by email
Shambala, Northamptonshire - Apply here (opening soon)

September 2023 Festivals

End of the Road, Dorset - Apply here (opening soon)
Equinox, Lincolnshire - Apply here
Generator Live, Newcastle - Apply here 
Off The Tracks, Castle Donington - Apply here
Sundown Festival, Norwich - Apply here (opens soon)
Moseley Folk & Arts Festival, Birmingham - Apply here
Euroblast, Germany - Apply here
Worcester Music Festival, Worcester - Apply here (opens Jan 23)

Festivals - Date TBC

Icebreaker, Southsea - Apply here