Apply to Play Opportunities

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Welcome to our Apply to Play blog, where we list all upcoming showcase opportunities available to you through Music Glue. We constantly update this page with the latest opportunities - so keep checking in for new ones. Just a reminder, that it is completely free for artists to apply to play these events.

Before you get started, make sure to maximise your chances with a great Music Glue profile. Have a read through our new easy guides for your profile and check these simple insider's tips from The Great Escape festival booker to optimise your profile.

The Apply to Play opportunities below are live, good luck!


Moseley Folk Festival programs a healthy mix of traditional, contemporary and downright experimental folk and acoustic music. Showcasing unsigned acts right next to well established international artists makes for a really exciting bill-last year, the line up included no less than Jose Gonzalez, Laura Marling and Amy MacDonald. Apply to play now!


Located in one of the most beautiful festival sites in the UK, Kendal Calling is an innovative, independent festival renowned for more than just music! It is a highlight of the busy summer calendar showcasing huge headliners, rising stars & unique acts on their array of stages. Kendal Calling will take place this year on 26-29 July, Apply to play now!

Cambridge Folk fest

The first names set to perform at Cambridge Folk Festival 2018 have been announced. Headliners include double Grammy-Award winner John Prine, iconic singer-songwriter Patti Smith and in an exclusive UK Festival appearance, Janis Ian. Taking take place from August 5-8, 2018, Cambridge Folk Festival has been held each year since 1965, attracting around fourteen thousand people. Apply to play here.

Live at Leeds

Live At Leeds, the leading metropolitan festival showcasing new music within a variety of venues and spaces in Leeds, UK, returns on May 5, 2018. A first wave of artists have already been announced including Circa Waves, Peace, The Horrors, Blaenavon and many more! Join the bill, apply to play here.

Standon Calling

Standon Calling is a boutique music festival set in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, UK. Celebrating its thirteenth year in 2018, the festival has a history of providing some of the UK’s biggest stars a platform at the very start of their careers, including Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, Mumford and Sons. In 2017 the legendary Orbital, pop sensations Clean Bandit and the icon, Grace Jones, headlined the Main Stage. While other unmissable performances included Editors, Laura Mvula, Gary Numan, Kate Tempest, Dutch Uncles, Idles, DJ Yoda, and many others. Apply to Play here.

Folk on The Dock

Fit The Bill in association with Albert Dock Liverpool, presents Folk On The Dock Festival from 27th-29th August 2018. Following last year's success, the event celebrates the best in folk, acoustic, roots and shanty music in the most beautiful setting alongside the water’s edge and the boats moored at the NW’s most popular visitor attraction. As well as the main Dock Stage with free performances from headline artistes and emerging talent, there are ticketed events and smaller stages in various venues around Albert Dock. Folk On The Dock is presented by the legendary Janice Long and the event has been nominated Best Large Event at the Liverpool Tourism Awards. Fit the Bill are now calling on artists and promoters that fall within the folk, roots and acoustic genres to get in touch and join the party – whether you’re a busker, part of a choir or even a spoken word performer, you can apply to play here.

chester live

Chester Live returns for its 4th year on 21-24 June 2018 in the city of Chester. The community based, multi venue live music event aims to promote all forms of live music to the local community introducing people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to local live acts and surrounding areas. You can already apply to play at Chester Live here.

Mold Festival

Mold Live is a sister festival to Chester Live and will take place on 24 - 27 August 2018. The festival is already taking artist submission through Music Glue. Apply to play at Mold Live here.


Metropolis Studios in association with Music Glue brings you 'Metropolis Rising', a brand new platform offering the most promising new talent the opportunity to perform at one of the most famous recording facilities in the world, Metropolis Studios and Home House, an intimate members club at the heart of London, UK. Apply to play here.

Just to mention, Music Glue provides the Apply to Play platform only. We have no control over which artists are selected to play the events listed or the deal that is subsequently agreed between the artist and the booker.

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