Apply to play a music festival in 2018

Looking to play a music festival in 2018? Then check out our definitive list of events looking for new talent...

Looking to play a music festival this summer but not sure where to start? 

The success of the live music industry means there are now a huge number of events taking place all over the UK and beyond during the sunshine months. And while this gives punters a huge amount of choice on where to go and what to see, it's also created numerous performance opportunities for new artists, bands, musicians and more. 

To help you navigate this busy time, we've compiled this handy guide for you with links to events and their application forms. Remember, when applying always read the terms and conditions surrounding your submission as well as the style of music the festival focuses on. If you're an R&B act, then there's no point in applying to play at a heavy metal event so take the time to do your research to enhance your chances of success. 

You can also read our interview with The Great Escape Festival's booker Adam Ryan and his five tips to improve your chances of being accepted when it comes to applying to play. Good luck! 

May 2018  

4th-6th: Big Love, Hay-on-Wye - apply now 

4th-6th: Live at Leeds, Leeds - apply now 

11th-13th: Dart Music Festival, Dartmouth - deadline passed

26th-27th: Common People, Oxford - apply now 

26th- 27th: Common People, Southampton - apply now 

25th-27th - Mello Festival, Worcester - apply now 

June 2018 

1st-3rd: Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham - apply now 

1st-3rd: Long Division Festival, Wakefield - apply now 

15th-16th: Beacon Festival, Watlington, Oxford - apply now 

21st-24th: Chester Live - apply now 

21st-24th: Isle of Wight Festival - apply now  

23rd: Bushstock, Shepherd's Bush, London - apply now 

July 2018 

5th-8th: Barn on the Farm, Gloucester - apply now 

6th -7th: Glas-Denbury, Devon - apply now 

6th-7th: Godiva Festival, Coventry - apply now

12-15th: 2000 Trees Festival, Gloucester - apply now 

13th-15th: Beat-Herder Festival, Lancashire - apply now 

13th-15th: L Fest, Llandudno, Wales - apply now 

13th-15th: Tiree Music Festival, Scotland - apply now  

13th- 15th: Latitude, Suffolk - apply now 

19th-22th: Bluedot, Cheshire - apply now 

20th – 22nd: Nozstock, Hertfordshire - apply now 

20th- 22nd: Truck Festival, Oxford - apply now 

20th - 22nd: Tramlines Festival, Sheffield - apply now  

21st: Create Music Festival, Ashford - apply now 

26th-29th: Kendal Calling - apply now 

26th-29th: Standon Calling, Hertfordshire - apply now  

26th-29th: Camp Bestival, Dorset - apply now 

26th -29th: Lapstock, Devin - apply now 

27th-29th: Lunar Festival, Warwickshire - apply now  

27th-30th: MugStock, Scotland - apply now  

August 2018 

2nd-5th: Cambridge Folk Festival - apply now 

3rd-4th: Humber Street Sesh - apply now 

10th-12th: JoeFest, Lincolnshire - apply now 

16th- 19th: Green Man, Brecon Beacons, Wales - apply now 

24th-26th: Victorious, Portsmouth - apply now 

24th-27th: Mold Festival, North Wales - apply now  

30th-2nd: End Of The Road, Dorset - apply now 

31st-1st: Electric Fields, Scotland - apply now 

31st-2nd: Off The Tracks, Donington - apply now 

31st-2nd: Moseley Folk Festivalapply now

September 2018 

6th-9th: Festival No.6, Wales - apply now 

14th-16th: Worcester Music Festival - apply now 

28th-30th: By The Sea, Margate - apply now 


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by Jim Ottewill
February 19, 2018
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