Unsigned Advice

Before you get started, here are a few things to consider before you start applying…


Can you play those dates?

It seems pretty obvious, but it’s probably the most important question! It will definitely save a lot of hassle knowing if you are actually available to play that particular date


Consider travel & costs.

How are you going to get there? If a festival is quite far away then you definitely need to consider travel costs. If you’re offered a slot, amazing, but what’s the point if you can’t get there? Most festivals will not grant you travel allowances and will pay fees after the event itself so plan ahead.


Will your music suit this festival?

Be realistic and don’t waste your time or theirs by applying to a festival you’re music isn’t appropriate for.


Demonstrate your best achievements.

Show off your best achievements to date – maybe you’ve supported a well-known band, you’ve had radio play or even been given a fantastic review. Showing a good history live performances will also demonstrate that you are confident in being able to deliver in a live setting.


Make yourself easy to find

When you apply, make sure to include all relevant links to your website, social media, artist profiles (for example, your Spotify artist page). Make sure everything is up to date with current promos, the latest info on your releases and/or live shows so the festival can get the best picture of where you’re at.


Best of luck in your applications, oh and do remember to let us know how you get on via our Facebook page!

April

Westway LAB Festival (PT) – 10th – 13th April – Apply

Are You Listening?– 27th April – Apply

Launch Music Festival (USA) – 25th – 28th April – Apply


May

Smithdown Road Festival – 1st – 6th May – booking@smithdownfestival.com

Liverpool Sound City– 3rd – 5th May – Apply

Live at Leeds– 4th May – Apply

The Great Escape– 9th – 11th May – (CLOSED)

Hanwell Hootie – 11th May – Apply

Focus Wales– 16th – 18th May – (CLOSED)

Joshua Tree Music Festival (USA) – 16th – 19th May – Apply

Strawberry Music Festival (USA) – 23rd – 27th May – Apply

Hogsozzle– 24th – 26th May – Apply

Elderflower Fields– 24th – 27th May – Apply

LeeStock Music Festival– 25th – 26th May – Apply

Wychwood Festival– 31st May – 2nd June – Apply


June

Long Division – 1st June – Apply

Camden Rocks – 1st – 2nd June – Apply

Sweden Rock (SW) – 5th – 8th June – Apply

Eden Festival– 6th – 9th June – Apply

Big Love Festival– 7th – 9th June – Apply

Omaha Summer Arts Festival (USA) – 7th – 9th June – Apply

Tiny Lights Festival (CA) – 7th – 9th June – Apply

Arlesford Music Festival – 8th June – Apply

Peak Music Festival (AUS) – 8th – 11th June – Apply

Blue Ox Music Festival (USA)- 13th – 15th June – Apply

Isle of Wight Festival– 13th – 16th June – Apply

Download Festival – 14th – 16th June – Apply

Willowman Festival– 14th – 17th June – Apply

MappFest– 15th – 16th June – Apply

Leamington Peace Festival– 15th – 16th June – (CLOSED)

Chester Live – 18th June – Apply

Beacon Festival– 21st – 22nd June – Apply

Sea Sessions (IRE) – 21st – 23rd June – Apply

Ath Fest (USA) – 21st – 24th June – Apply

Boise Music Festival (USA) – 22nd June – Apply

Leigh Folk Festival – 27th – 30th June – Apply

Common Ground (USA) – 27th – 30th June – Apply


July

EskFest– 4th – 6th July – Apply

NewtFest– 5th – 6th July – Apply

Glas-Denbury– 5th – 6th July – glasdenburyartists@gmail.com

Nibley Festival– 5th – 6th July – Apply

Minety Festival– 5th – 7th July – Apply

Tech-Fest– 5th – 9th July – Apply

2000Trees– 11th – 13th July – Apply

NASS Festival – 11th – 14th July – Apply

Beat-Herder – 12th – 14th July – Apply

Folk On The Dock – 12th – 14th July – Apply

Readipop– 12th – 14th July – Apply

TRNSMT– 12th – 14th July – Apply

Alsager Music Festival – 13 – 14th July – Apply

Shankra Festival (SUI) – 17th – 21st July – Apply

Nozstock– 18th – 21st July – Apply

Blackthorn Music Festival – 19th – 21st July – Apply

L FEST– 19th – 22nd July – Apply

Camp Bestival – 25th – 28th July – music@bestival.net

Kendal Calling – 25th – 28th July – Apply

Truck Festival– 26th – 28th July – Apply

Lapstock– 27th – 28th July – Apply


August

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival– 1st – 3rd August – Apply

Bayimba International Festival (UGA) – 1st – 4th August – Apply

Humber Street Sesh – 2nd – 3rd August – Apply

110 Above – 2nd – 4th August – artists@110above.com

ARISE Festival (USA) – 2nd – 4th August – Apply

Boardmasters – 7th – 11th August – Apply

ArcTanGent– 15th – 17th August – Apply

Green Man– 15th – 18th August – Apply

Victorious Festival – 23rd – 25th August – Apply

Lindisfarne Festival– 29th August – 1st September – Apply

End Of The Road– 29th August – 1st September – Apply

Barn On The Farm– 30th August – 1st September – performing@barnonthefarm.co.uk

Electric Fields– 30th August – 1st September – Apply


September

Hopscotch (USA) – 5th – 7th September – Apply

Music Matters (SGP) – 6th – 11th September – Apply

Stogumber Festival – 7th – 9th September – Apply

Illusive Festival – 7th – 10th September – Apply

Worcester Music Festival – 13th – 15th September – Apply

Waves Vienna (AU) – 26th – 28th September – Apply


October

Amsterdam Dance Event (NL) – 17th – 21st October – Apply


November

Iceland Airwaves (ICL) – 6th – 9th November – Apply

Subsonic Music (AUS) – 30th November – 2nd December – Apply