We take the vast majority of our acts from an open application process. We are committed to finding new acts in the ukulele world as well as helping folks develop and we understand that we can never know everyone. We always hope to discover truly great acts through this process and it looks like we just might!
DEADLINE: 15 November, 2017 // DETAILS: We are running 2 rounds of Apply-to-Play this year. Round 2 is open now, until mid-November. Round 1 was open until 01 September. We welcome all types of music & performance. For more information (like when you can expect to hear back from us), please see the bottom of this page, below the application form.
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About Round 1 and Round 2 this year
We are running 2 rounds of Apply-to-Play this year.
Please note that we have a fixed budget and we review acts regularly so, basically, the sooner you apply, the better your chances.
Round 1 was open until 01 September.
We’ll let folks know if they’ve succeeded (or not) before the end of September.
There is a second application round in the Autumn which is open to everyone. Acts who did not succeed in Round 1 will have received feedback about our decision and are welcome to reapply in Round 2.
The Response has historically been EPIC!
In the past few years, hundreds of acts have applied.
For our previous festivals, we have had incredible responses to our call for acts to apply to play. We regularly receive 5-10 applications for every spot available on the weekend. We have had applications from around the world with the youngest applicant only 9 years old and the oldest well into his 80s. There was some astonishing talent, humour, great dress sense (and just good fun!) in these applications. We are already excited about 2018!
Who’s Come Before?
In case you wondered… previous apply-to-play acts have included Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers, Opera-lele, Hope & Social, Poor Boys of Worcester, Katy Vernon, Percy Copley, Dead Mans Uke, Eat.My.Uke, Nakisha Esnard, Matt Hicks, Ukulelezaza (and family), The Toots, Plastic Jeezus, Edward Alice, Ben Rouse, Feckless & Fuddle, Ooty & the Cloud, Professor Peter & Doctor Dick, Robin Evans and loads more!
Why we do it:
After nearly 5 years of inviting the best ukulele bands we knew to the UK we wanted to expand our search for new talent. We are a not-for-profit festival run by a team of volunteers who are passionate about music and passionate about helping people do great things. Members of our team have been instrumental in bringing people from all over the world to the UK in the past 5-6 years (including Jake Shimabukuro from Hawaii, Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee from San Diego, Ukulelezaza from Belgium, Manitoba Hal from Canada, Mike Hind from Bermuda, Francesco Albertazzi from Italy and many many more). We are proud of what we’ve done and we are excited to do more and new things.