We take the vast majority of our acts from 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. Through this process we have discovered and found ways to support some truly great acts. Want to know more about how it works? You’ll find the application itself and information to help you out below. Scroll down for more…
Over 200 acts from all over the world applied to play our 2018 Festival!
We run 1 round and fill spaces on a rolling basis.
THE COMPETITION IS FIERCE
There are only about 15 slots open. Last year we received over 200 applications to play and expressions of interest in our festival.
SHOW YOUR BEST SIDE
After six years of putting on a festival and working with countless others we’ve come up with some suggestions you might find useful in terms of helping you stand out from the crowd.
We make our decisions based on the videos of live performance that you send in.
We will also listen to any demo or other recorded files and if we’re struggling, we will go search for you on the internet.
Is your web presence strong?
If you don’t have a web presence, consider putting one together before you apply to play. People coming to & supporting the festival will often want to learn more about you and regularly search the web for you & your work. On your webpage (or in the about section of your Facebook page, Instagram or similar) consider including a real quote from a real organiser, promotor, audience member or fan about how great you are. Give your future fans proof of how awesome you are. 🙂
Know Your Stuff
We understand that there are a lot of reasons folks might struggle with the words to a song but for the 1 video you submit to us, make sure you’re off-book. Music stands onstage can be seen as a barrier between you and the audience, and worse, can seem to suggest that folks didn’t spend enough time rehearsing (even if that’s not the case). To be perfectly frank, we get far more applications than spaces for the festival so we look to acts who project a professional image and are engaging onstage. Obviously, if you have a disability or condition which prevents you from learning songs, we would make an exception.
This is the festival mainstage at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. You can expect audiences of at least 500 with full lights and sound. Artists who’ve played this stage have included Victoria Vox, Andy Eastwood, Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, Hope & Social, Phil Doleman, Francesco Albertazzi, Bryan Tolentino & Asa Young, Peter Luongo, The Quiet American, Ukulelezaza, Bad Mouse Orchestra, Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers, Opera-lele and many many more.
This is the Cellar Theatre at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. You can expect audiences of at least 100 with full lights and sound. Daytime performances and late-night cabaret take place here. Many acts from this stage go on to play the mainstage. It is also a place where people can try out new material. Artists who’ve performed on this stage include Plastic Jeezus, Ooty and the Cloud, Astraluna, The Poor Boys of Worcester, Ian Emmerson, Marc Gallagher, Mim and many many more.
VINYL TAP –
This is our Fringe Stage on Saturday morning. It is in the basement of the world-famous Vinyl Tap Record Store. You can expect audiences of at least 50 with sound. Note: there are some access restrictions here. This is a stage for GNUF debuts and performers keen to perform in this well-loved local venue. Acts who’ve performed on this stage include Isaac Hughes-Dennis, Belfast Uke Jam, Iain Glencross, Pitsmoor Ladies Uke Chorale, Liz Panton, Chonkinfeckle, AndyDan and more. Acts from here often go on to perform on the downstairs stage.
PUBS OR SIMILAR –
On Thursday and Friday of the festival weekend we book acts for our partner venues such as The Sportsman Pub and Magic Rock Brewery Tap. For each you can expect energetic audiences of 50-100 and short sets in a fun environment. These are engaging public performances best suited to acts with a lot of experience performing for crowds. Dead Mans Uke regularly perform in these settings (and have also played the mainstage). Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernardi have also performed and many mainstage artists have made guest appearances on these Friday spots including Andy Eastwood, Lionel Hubert, Ukulelezaza, Peter Luongo, Bryan Tolentino, Bad Mouse Orchestra and others.
Please note that international performers require work visas. If you are a non-UK/EU performer, please know that most of those kinds of bookings take place 2 years in advance so if we offer you a place it may be for 2020.