Over 200 acts from all over the world applied to play our 2018 Festival!
We take the vast majority of our acts from open application processes. 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. Through this process we have discovered and found ways to support some truly great acts. Want to know more about how it works? Scroll down for more…
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 excited about what the future holds!
Who’s Come Before?
In case you wondered… previous apply-to-play acts have included Opera-lele, Hope & Social, Andrew Molina, Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers, Katy Vernon, Percy Copley, Dead Mans Uke, Ben Rouse, Poor Boys of Worcester, Eat.My.Uke, Nakisha Esnard, Matt Hicks, Ukulelezaza (and family), The Toots, Plastic Jeezus, Edward Alice, Feckless & Fuddle, Ooty & the Cloud, Professor Peter & Doctor Dick, Robin Evans and loads more!
Members of our team have also been instrumental in bringing people from all over the world to the UK in the past decade to help them perform at our festival and/or tour. We are proud to say that we’ve supported Jake Shimabukuro (USA), Peter Luongo (Canada), Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee (USA), Ukulelezaza (Belgium), Andrew Molina (USA), Francesco Albertazzi (Italy), Aaron & Nicole Keim / The Quiet American (USA), David Meggarity / Tyrone (Australia), Manitoba Hal (Canada), Mike Hind (Bermuda), and many many more. We are proud of what we’ve done and we are excited to do more and new things.
Why we do it:
After nearly 7 years of inviting the best ukulele acts we knew to the UK we are still keen 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.