Introducing The Launchpad

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Wood’s Brewery – creators of the tasty Shropshire Lad and Shropshire Lass – to introduce a new opportunity for young musicians at this year’s festival at The Launchpad!

The Launchpad will be a small, informal venue where the performers or groups will get a chance to showcase their talents over the festival weekend. There are five spaces up for grabs and if you’re aged between 18 and 26 and live in Shropshire, Mid Wales or the West Midlands – we want to hear from you.

Application criteria

  • You or your band must be aged between 18 and 26 on August 25
  • Resident in Shropshire, Mid Wales or the West Midlands
  • Available to commit to three performances from Friday August 25 to Monday August 28

In return, you will receive free ticket to the festival, on-site camping, and a contribution to travel expenses.

To apply, send a short biography, links to performances (Soundcloud, YouTube etc) and contact details to before May 31. Only the selected performers will be contacted.

James Owens from Wood’s:  “Shrewsbury Folk Festival is one of the top events of its kind and the opportunity to play there is a great step for young musicians.

“The Launchpad will be an informal space but it will be good experience for performers and the chance for them to reach an new audience. We know there’s a wealth of young talent out there and can’t wait to hear from acoustic, folk and traditional musicians.”

Festival director Alan Surtees: “We’ve supported young and emerging musicians for several years, having them perform all over the festival site. For many, it can be the first time they’ve ever had the opportunity to take part in an event like ours.

“It’s good performance experience and the chance to learn more about the industry and how it operates.”