It’s January 29th, 2020, the end of hibernation is drawing to a close. I hope you are fuelled by the promise found in the demise of Winter. Take that positivity, push through and compose your bands 2020 festival plans.
Where are you going to play? How are you going to apply? Is your band match fit? Ultimately, you are in charge of these considerations. However, if it's of any advice – go out, cast the net and see what your music brings in.
Festivals are vital in breaking your act, increasing its reach and attracting exposure in new territory. They provide an excellent method for new acts to break through, they are incredibly career affirming and fun. Now, before we jump straight in here is some advice;
Remember, you can land a festival and not be ready for it. Perhaps you are not as tight as you could be and maybe there are out of tune backing vox, and wonky arrangements in the set? Record your practice sessions be critical and act on it. Festivals are a shot at attracting fans/industry to your band – however, if you turn up and play poorly, it is a wasted opportunity.
Now, if you already playing blinding shows in your local scene, then you will have started to gather momentum and a buzz. This makes the next step easier.
Going beyond the high follower count (this certainly helps) having something upcoming to promote during the festival season is useful in landing slots. Ever wondered why so many releases are in the early Autumn?
Imagine, you have Glasto – you released a single in March, there has been some radio promotion, and as a consequence you have boosted your social network. There is a buzz, and in September the EP comes out. This is a plus for bookers, they know that on an EP campaign you will engage PR, perhaps land some further radio plays, spotify playlists and engage in interviews. In turn, you will be plugging the festival, which ultimately will lead to higher ticket sales. If your band can demonstrate an increase in revenues for a festival, you have higher chances of getting on the bill.
Sort out your image, take photos, make an EPK and, most importantly have music which vibes. It has to sound big and be at a professional level. Conveniently, you'll find a wealth of information through our blogs and videos that can help with all these aspects.
If you feel your band is ready for the festival stage, there is nothing left to do then apply. To help you, here is a list of upcoming UK festival dates with application URLs. Remember, there is a range of genres in this list – always consider if your act fits the requirements - if it does STOP READING AND GET APPLYING!
Black Deer Festival |19th – 21st Jun
Arc Tangent | 20th – 23rd Aug
Glastonbury | 24th – 28th June
Ramblin Man |17th – 19th July
Steelhouse Festival |24th- 26th July
Isle of Wight Festival |11th – 14th June
Camp Bestival | 30th – 02nd August
Focus Wales 2020 | 07th – 09th May
Reading and Leeds Festival |28th – 30th August
Download |12th-14th June
Liverpool Sound City | 01st -03rd May
Big Love Festival | 12th – 15th June
The Great Escape |13th – 16th May
Tramlines (Apps Open Closer to the Event) | 31st – 02nd July
Leestock | 23rd – 24th May
Camden Rocks | 30th – 31st May
Latitude | 16th - 19th July
Kendal Calling | 30th July – 02nd Aug
Nozstock | 23rd – 27th July
Standon Calling | 23th – 26th July
Wireless festival | 3rd – 5th July
51st state festival | 01st Aug
Neighbourhood Weekender | 23rd May
HowTheLightGetsIn Festival | 22nd May – 25th May
Worcester Music Festival |11th Sep – 13th Sep
Hastings Beer and Music festival | 01st July – 04th July
Strawberries and Creem Festival | 20th June
Slam Dunk Festival | 24th May
Boomtown Fair | 12th August – 16th August
All points East | 29th May – 31st May
Victorious Festival | 28th - 30th Aug
BBC Introducing | Multiple festival stages
Gigmit | Offering multiple Gigs Worldwide