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Festivals

Every festival is different

With 500+ festivals taking place in the UK every year, it’s a great opportunity to get your music in front of a huge crowd.

Many of the more mainstream events are largely dominated by established acts. Festivals offering slots to emerging artists will often have their own application process stating what their requirements are.

Artist Submission sites

Sonic Bids , and  Get Me on Stage  allow artists to apply to play at large scale festivals and events. Essentially, it’s a way for promoters to farm out the application process to a third party and it is widely used for US industry events, such as South By Southwest (SXSW). A fee is payable (monthly or yearly) for Sonic Bids membership. In addition to the membership fee, you may be required to pay an application fee for some of the listed events. See the MU Fair Play Guide for further advice on Artist Submissions.

Competitions

Many of the bigger festivals now run competitions with slots for an unsigned act as the top prize. Glastonbury’s ‘Emerging Talent’ contest is one such notable springboard. ‘Latitude’ has a similar scheme for emerging acts, offering a number of places on the Alcove stage.

Fees

Fees can vary and it's important that you contact your Regional Office for advice on what you should be paid. The Union often hears of ticketed festivals where music is the main draw, yet the professional musicians are not compensated for their work. If you are asked to work for little or no fee, get in touch and we can talk you through your options. 

Related downloads

Fair Play Guide (PDF 617.65 bytes file opens in new window)