Festival application guide 2020

Are you an emerging act keen to get on a festival bill but don’t know where to start? Head this way...

Bekki Bemrose
  • By Bekki Bemrose
  • 13 Jan 2020
  • min read
Are you an emerging act keen to get on a festival bill but don’t know where to start?

With an ever-growing number of events in the calendar it can be an overwhelming process, so we’ve compiled a guide to UK and international festivals taking artist submissions.

Most festivals are free to enter but some may have a fee, so please read the 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. Find out more here.

We’ll be updating the list as more applications open, so make sure to bookmark this link and keep checking back for new opportunities. You can also keep an eye out for updates on our Twitter via the hashtag #Mfestivalapplications.

If you'd like your event included in the guide, please email us using the subject line M festival applications.

Good luck!

*23 January update: Glastonbury Festival added to June events

February festivals
Jai Thep Festival, Thailand – Apply here

March festivals
Bali Spirit Festival, Bali – Apply here

April festivals
Westway Labs, Portugal – Apply here
Launch Music Festival, USA – Apply here
Are You Listening?, Reading – Apply here (closes 16 February)

May festivals
Liverpool Sound City – Apply here (closes 17 January)
The Great Escape, Brighton – Apply here (closes 11 February)
Live at Leeds, Leeds – Apply here
Hanwell Hootie, London – Apply here
Strawberry, USA – Apply here (closes mid-February)
Mello, Worchestershire – Apply here
Elderflower Fields, East Sussex & Leicestershire – Apply here
Leestock, Suffolk – Apply here
Dot to Dot, Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham – email dottodotfestival@dhpgroup.co.uk with the city you want to play, a link to your music, bio and a brief summary of previous performances.
Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham – Apply here
YouBloom, Dublin – Apply here
Common People, Oxford – Apply here
Common People, Southampton – Apply here
Seachange Festival, Devon – Apply here (emerging talent competition expected in late January 2020)

June festivals
Glastonbury Festival, Somerset – Apply here (opens 27 January, closes 3 February)
Tipping Point, Newcastle – Apply here
Long Division, Wakefield – Apply here
Camden Rocks, London – Apply here
Sweden Rock, Sweden – Apply here
Eden Festival, Moffat, Scotland – Apply here
Omaha Summer Arts Festival, USA – Apply here (closes 15 January)
Tiny Lights Festival, Canada – Apply here (closes 15 February)
Peak Music Festival, Australia – Apply here (closes 20 January)
Blue Ox Music Festival, USA – Apply here
Isle of White Festival, Isle of White – apply here (New Blood competition)
Beacon Festival, Watlington – Apply here
Sea Session, Donegal – Apply here
Secret Solstice, Iceland – Apply here (closes 6 March)
Leigh Folk Festival, Essex – Apply here (announcement coming soon)
Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland – Apply here (closes 15 February)
NXNE, Canada – Apply here (scroll down to Artist FAQs)
Black Deer Festival, Kent – Apply here (closes 2 March)

July festivals
EskFest, Cumbria – Apply here (scroll for details)
Nibley, Cotswolds – Apply here
Not a Cult Festival, Worcestershire – Apply here
Eldorado, Herefordshire – Apply here
Techfest, Nottinghamshire – Apply here
Ipswich Music Day – Apply here
Nass Festival, Somerset – Apply here (closes 11 March)
Beat-Herder, Lancashire – Apply here
Brainchild Festival, East Sussex – Apply here
Ashford Festival in the Park, Kent – Apply here
Daxonbury Festival, North Bedfordshire – Apply here
Shankra Festival, Switzerland – Apply here
Nozstock, Herefordshire – Apply here (closes 31 March)
Splendour Festival, Nottingham – Email info@splendourfestival.com
Camp Bestival, Dorset – Submit demo to music@bestival.net.
Kendal Calling, Lake District – Apply here (coming soon, check link)
Y Not? Festival, Derbyshire – Apply here (coming soon, check link)
Standon Calling, Hertfordshire – Apply here (coming soon, check link)
Barn On The Farm, Gloucester – Apply here
Tiree Music Festival, Inner Hebrides – Apply here
Larmer Tree, Wiltshire – Email music@larmertreefestival.co.uk

August festivals
Off Festival, Poland – Apply here
Bayimba International Festival, Uganda – Apply here (closes 30 April)
Humber Street Shesh, Hull – Apply here
110 Above, Leicestershire – Apply here (scroll down)
Valley Fest, Bristol – Apply here
Landed Festival, Wales – Email applications@landedfestival.co.uk
Boomtown, Hampshire – Apply here
Beyond the Woods, Lincolnshire – Apply here (coming soon, check link)
Farmer Phil’s Music Festival, Shrewsbury – Apply here
Arctangent, Bristol – Apply here (scroll down)
Green Man, Brecon – Apply here (Green Man Rising opens soon, check link)
Beautiful Days, Devon – Apply here (opens soon, check link)
Weyfest, Surrey – Apply here
Victorious, Portsmouth – Apply here (closes 31 March)
Phoenix Festival, Cotswolds – Apply here (opens soon, check link)
Lindisfarne, Northumberland – Email artists@lindisfarnefestival.com
Barn of the Farm, Gloucester – Apply here
Vegan Campout, Nottinghamshire – Email vcomusicians@hotmail.com
Sundown, Norwich – Apply here (opens soon, check link)
Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge – Apply here (opens soon, check link)
Bloodstock Festival, Walton-on-Trent – Apply here (scroll down to contact Victoria Hungerford)
Bestival, Dorset – Email music@bestival.net
Off The Tracks Festival, Leicestershire – Apply here (scroll down)
Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne – Email paddy@bluesfestival.co.uk

September festivals
End of the Road, Dorset – Apply here
Live at Heart, Sweden – Apply here (closes 1 May)
Hopscotch, USA – Apply here
Music Matters, Singapore – Apply here (closes 31 March)
Illusive Festival, Northamptonshire – Apply here
Worcester Music Festival – Apply here (opens soon, check link)
Reeperbahn Festival, Germany – Apply here (closes 17 July)
Equinox Festival, Lincolnshire – Apply here
Waves Vienna, Austria – Apply here (closes 15 June)
Euroblast, Germany – Apply here
Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham – Apply here

November festivals
Iceland Airwaves, Iceland – Apply here (opens soon, check link)