10-14 OCT
Lancaster Music Festival 12-14 Oct 2019

LANCASTER MUSIC FESTIVAL will return in October 2019 for its much-anticipated 10th edition and once again the historic city of Lancaster will come alive when over 75,000 festival-goers descend on the city for what we expect will be the busiest and best festival to date ...

Lancaster Music Festival 2019

In 2019 the festival will feature around 50 venues, all easily walkable within the city, ranging from cafés and coffee shops, bookshops and banks and including the majority of the city's 30-odd wonderful pubs and bars. Our headline stage will be inside the courtyard of historic Lancaster Castle and there will be music and street theatre in the city's public squares and outdoor spaces.

With over 500 performances - the majority of them free - from more than 300 local, national and international artists plus street theatre and music workshops, we can promise there will be something for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming you but in the meantime make sure you follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with all our plans and artist announcements.

How to Apply

Applications are now open for artists who wish to appear at the 2019 Lancaster Music Festival which will take place between Thursday 10th and Monday 14th October 2019. The festival is a celebration of Lancaster’s great musical talent and diversity while also inviting national and international acts to help provide a wide variety of exceptional music of all genres.

Lancaster Music Festival books acts directly to appear at its stages in Lancaster Castle and the city’s outdoor squares. We also book a number of performances at the 40+ participating venues throughout the city which range from cafés and coffee shops to pubs and halls whose capacities range from 80 to 500 approximately. The majority of acts that appear at our partner venues are booked directly by the venue.

Please read the sections below that are relevant to you. If you have any questions please email music@lancastermusicfestival.com.

All Applicants

Applicants must provide a link to a minimum of 3 professional-quality audio or video files to allow us to review your act.

Applicants must supply the location of the act and number of musicians.

Applications will close on 30th April 2019.

We will hold review committees to review applicants from January onwards.
Applicants will be informed whether or not their application was successful by the end of May 2019.

Please note the following when choosing your tracks to be reviewed:

  • Acts that supply links to less than THREE tracks will not be reviewed
  • We will not review videos of live performances recorded on smartphones
  • Due to the volume of applications we receive we will typically listen to the first 60 seconds only of a track
  • If you provide a link to a channel or page, such as Spotify, Soundcloud or Youtube, we will review the first THREE tracks as they appear on that channel or page
  • The tracks must reflect the line-up that will appear at the festival (i.e. if we review a solo act then we will not expect a four-piece band to play at the festival and vice versa).

Local Artists (postcodes LA1-LA4)

Applications are FREE to artists who are based in postcodes LA1 to LA4.

Acts that have an existing relationship with participating venues are advised to apply directly to the venue. Otherwise, please apply via Artist Applications. We do not recommend making unsolicited applications directly to venues as we cannot guarantee that such applications will be considered.

See the notes for All Applicants.

Other UK Artists

Applications from UK artists outside the LA1 to LA4 postcodes can be made directly with the festival via Artist Applications for a £10 fee or via Sonicbids. for a $10 fee.

Artists must pay for their own travel costs to Lancaster and accommodation whilst in Lancaster.

You should be able to get up to 3 gigs per day and 5 gigs over the weekend. Backline may or may not be provided depending on the venue.

See the notes for All Applicants.

International Artists

Applications cost $10 and should be made via Sonicbids.

Artists must pay for their own travel costs to Lancaster, UK. Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, where applicable, will be provided by the festival for international artists. Work permits will be provided for international artists where required. We cannot book additional shows for your act outside of the festival so please don't ask.

See the notes for All Applicants.

Recommended Performance Fees

These Recommended Performance Fees are for non-ticketed events based on 2x45 min sets.

Acts we book will be remunerated according to these published rates. Acts that book themselves can negotiate their own fees.

Participating venues know our recommended fees.

  • Soloist (non-international) £65
  • Soloist (international) £80-£100
  • Duos (non-international) £100
  • Duos (international) £100-£150
  • Groups (local) £150-£200
  • Groups (non-international) £200-£250
  • Groups (international) £250


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