Apply to play at Shrewsbury Folk Festival

The Launchpad, brought to you in partnership with our media partner What’s On, is the place to see the best emerging talent

We’re looking for fresh talent, influenced by folk, roots and acoustic music to perform on The Launchpad at this year’s festival and take the next step in their musical career.

To apply for one of the available places:

  • you must be aged between 16 and 26 on August 28
  • resident in Shropshire, Mid Wales or the West Midlands
  • available to play at least three sets between Friday August 28 to 31

In return, you’ll receive a free artist and guest ticket, on-site camping, access to artist hospitality, a contribution to travel expenses and the chance to perform at one of the UK’s top folk festivals!

To apply, send a short biography, links to performances (Soundcloud, YouTube etc) and your contact details to before May 8. Only the selected performers will be contacted.

Festival director Sandra Surtees said: “Every year we are astounded at the wealth of talent that we uncover for The Launchpad. Previous performers have gone on to release albums, secure an agent, get UK and international gigs and much more.

“For many of the performers, appearing on The Launchpad will be the first time they’ve had the opportunity to take part in a major festival like ours. It’s good experience and the chance to reach a new audience. We’re inviting applications from bands, duos or solo artists in the folk, roots or acoustic genre who’d like this opportunity.”

Davina Evans, Managing Director of What’s On, said: “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 who are looking to make a name for themselves and get some festival experience.

“At What’s On, we know there is a wealth of talent out there from across the region and we’re delighted to be supporting The Launchpad.”