Guide to UK Festival Applications 2018

Here at Spinnup we are all about getting new artists and bands discovered, and while Spinnup is a great way to get your music heard it’s not the only way! Music festivals are a great opportunity to play to large audiences and get discovered by a whole new category of fans. Plus you’ll gain more fans whilst having heaps of fun.

Below we have put together a list of some great festivals across the UK and further afield that you may be interested in applying for. The best part is that you don’t even have to spend hours searching how to apply – we’ve done all the hard work for you!

But before we jump in, here are some things to consider before/when applying to a festival. Good luck!

Can you play those dates?

It seems obvious, but it’s the most important of them all! You will save a lot of hassle knowing way in advance if you and your band mates are actually available to play that particular date.

Consider travel.

How are you going to get there? If a particular festival is that little bit further away you may want to consider potential travel costs. It’s great if you’re offered a slot, but what’s the point if you can’t get there?

Will your music suit this festival?

For example, would your hip-hop vibes suit a heavy rock festival? Be realistic and don’t waste your time or theirs by applying to a festival you’re music isn’t appropriate for.

Let the music do the talking.

Make sure you send your best tracks in the application! Choose quality over quantity (bot send more than 1 track, obvs)

Demonstrate your best achievements.

Show 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 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). You can even use your Spinnup artist profile, where you can combine all of these!

Make sure everything is up to date with current photos, the latest info on your releases and/or live shows so the festival can get the best picture of where you’re at.

What do you need to include?

Carefully check what the application requires from you and make sure you don’t miss any important information!

Here are some important pointers if you land a coveted slot.

– Rehearse rehearse rehearse! You’re going to want to be really tight for this so make sure you get plenty of prep in beforehand.

– Put together an awesome setlist; remember you’re probably playing to a more varied bunch than usual, so be sure to play some of your best crowd-pleasers.

– Be sure to make a good impression – you don’t know who could be at this festival – scouts, press, promoters for example, so don’t be late to your slot and it’s probably not a good idea to get too drunk beforehand]!

– Get equipment ready – imagine, your set is going amazingly, the crowd is ever expanding and you’re having the time of your lives and then one of your leads blows. Make sure that you have spares and backup gear, either supplied by yourselves or the festival, checking everything works beforehand!

– Bring lots of merch – t-shirts, free stickers, free download links, it’s the perfect opportunity to promote yourself even more and get some extra cash too!

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Big Love – 4th – 6th May

Big Love is a small, independent three-day festival set in and around a big country mansion near Hay-on-Wye (on the Wales/England border). The festival boasts a DIY attitude, promising a weekend of live music, parties, discos and great street food, all around a natural environment!

Apply here ASAP

The Great Escape – 17th – 19th May

The Great Escape takes place in Brighton and Hove, showcasing over 400 up and coming artists of a variety of genres from all over the world, as well as hosting three days of industry talks and conferences. This is THE festival for artists wanting to get discovered by fans and the industry

Apply here by Monday 12th February 2018.

Live at Leeds – Saturday 5th May

Live at Leeds is an award-winning metropolitan festival held across various venues in Leeds with an aim to showcase the best new music alongside established artists from around the world.

Apply here ASAP

Leestock – 26th – 27th May

LeeStock is a non-profit Music Festival based in Suffolk, held in memory of musician Lee Dunford with all proceeds donated to the Willow Foundation.

Apply here ASAP


Camden Rocks – Saturday 2nd June

Camden Rocks takes place in across 20+ different venues in Camden Town, London. It is London’s biggest rock’n’roll all-dayer.

Apply here ASAP

Sweden Rock – 6th – 9th June

Okay we may not be geographers but we are well aware this one isn’t exactly in the UK, but it’s a great one nonetheless! Sweden Rock Festival takes place outside Sölvesborg in Blekinge, offering the best mix of rock genres from classic rock to blues.

Apply here ASAP

Isle Of Wight Festival – 21st – 24th June

The world-famous festival takes place in Newport, Isle of Wight and its stages have been graced by various acts over the years such as Fleetwood Mac and The Prodigy.

Apply here ASAP


2000 Trees – 6th – 8th July

2000 Trees is a multi-award winning independent music festival, bringing together the best new and underground British music in the stunning backdrop of the Cotswold Hills.

Apply here ASAP

Latitude – 12th – 15th July

Latitude is a festival packed with the very best from Music and the Arts, including theatre, comedy, poetry, dance and literature. It is set in Henham Park, Suffolk, but said to be more similar to European Festivals.

Apply here ASAP (see under ‘Performer Enquiries)

Nozstock – 20th – 22nd July

Nozstock is hosted at Rowden Paddocks Farm near Bromyard, Herefordshire. It is an independent arts and music festival with of a variety of stages including a hip-hop stage, a spoken word and circus tent and a psytrance stage.

Apply here ASAP

Kendall Calling – 26th – 29th July

Kendal Calling is an independent music festival born from a group of music lovers and held at Lowther Deer Park in the idyllic Lake District.

Apply here ASAP

Standon Calling – 26th – 29th July

Standon Calling is a small themed boutique festival held in the grounds of private residence Standon Lordship in Hertfordshire. Great for families, big acts and late-night partying!

Apply here ASAP


Victorious Festival – 24th – 26th August

Victorious Festival is a three-day music festival held in the Castle Field and Southsea Common areas of Southsea, Portsmouth.

Apply here by Friday 30th March

End Of The Road – 30th August – 2nd September

End of The Road Festival is an independent music festival focusing on rock and folk music hosted at the Larmer Tree Gardens, bordering north Dorset and Wiltshire.

Apply here by Monday 19th February

Electric Fields 31st August – 1st September

Electric Fields takes place in an intimate and unique setting, deep within the forests of Dumfries and Galloway.

Apply here ASAP

Now what are you waiting for?? Go ahead and get applying! And if you happen to land a slot we’d love to hear about it! drop us a line at