Unsigned - Part 1

Performing at festivals

So, you're a solo artist or maybe part of a band, and you want to get your music out there as much as possible. Besides building up a a fan base through social networking sites, the best way is to play as many shows as possible to as many people as possible. Sounds logical but it is of course, difficult to know where to start. 

Every year, thousands of music and arts festivals take place across the country - you'll surely have heard about the biggest ones: Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Wireless, V etc. Aside from the great headliners you see, there are often various extra stages showcasing unsigned up-and-coming acts across a diverse range of music genres. Of course, there are undoubtedly an enormous number of applicants for the chance to play at the biggest festivals but you've got to be 'in it to win it' so why not apply? (links at the bottom of the page).

If you're looking for something on a slightly smaller scale, research festivals that are local to where you live. Many only accept bands who are based in a certain area of the UK so the likelihood of you/your band being chosen is higher (but not guaranteed of course). There are also a handful of festivals that are open only to acts who do not have a record deal - again, some are open to applicants from all over Britain, others are just to a particular region/county.

The application process for all these festivals varies considerably. It could be as simple as sending a Youtube/Soundcloud link to those in charge or require you to take part in an audition and compete against other artists for you to be able to take to the stage. 

See below for links to register - please be aware that some festivals line-ups are still under wraps but sign up for their newsletters and keep checking their websites for further info on how to apply to play at them.

Wireless 2013
http://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/register/ (newsletter)

Teen Star 2013 (up to age 19)


Open Mic UK


Isle of Wight Festival


T in The Park

The final acts for the T Break Stage have already been picked but upload your music to BBC Introducing as there is also a stage that showcases talent they have chosen.

North East Live, Sunderland - get your fans to tweet @north_eastlive and demand you play there! This also goes for Chester Rocks (@Chester_Rocks) as both still have support acts to be announced! If demand is high enough, they can at least consider you.

Unfortunately, applications for a chance to play at Reading & Leeds Festival 2013 as well as Glastonbury, have now closed. Live & Unsigned UK 2013 entry window is not yet open so keep a look out for that later on in the year.

Any other festivals you're interested in playing at? Let me know and I'll be happy to look into the application process. Some websites are giving very little information away (such as V and Wireless) at the minute but links will be added in due course.

If you do apply, good luck and hopefully you'll be on a festival stage soon!

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