Artist and Open Mic Applications

Artist Applications

Artists can apply by emailing


We do review every application sent in, and so there is no need to follow-up your application or to resend one you have already submitted. Unfortunately, because of the number of applications we receive, we can only contact you if we are able to offer anything and can’t provide feedback.


We prefer online links to music and videos, as these are easier to pass on to the reviewing team, rather than attached files (which may not get through virus checkers) or CDs. However CDs can be sent to the address on the “contact us” page.


Open Mic Competition

Win a slot on one of the stages next year! The Open Mic competition is open to anyone with a ticket to gain entry to the festival, but slots are limited. This year it is being organised in association with the Eternal Youth Club, a local group who organise music in local pubs - they are also helping run the Frontier Stage on Thursday night.

To prioritise your application for a slot, please use the form below. The competition is open to those who don’t pre-book too,  but space cannot be guaranteed.

Once inside the festival, you should go to the Barleycorn Stage in the Barleycorn Bar Marquee to complete your registration.

Please click here to pre-register for the open-mic

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