About the festival

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Festival mobile app

Accessing the Lancaster Music Festival mobile app

  1. Download the iLancaster app from Google Play or the Apple App Store
  2. Open iLancaster and select the "City & Countryside" profile
  3. Open the Lancaster Music Festival applet and ENJOY!

About lancaster music festival

This Festival reflects the city of Lancaster’s musical abundance, excellence and diversity and is driven by more than 40 music locations, dozens of individual music promoters and organisations and hundreds of musicians. Lancaster Music Festival is financed almost entirely from within the city and without any public money and is run as a community interest company by Lancaster Music CIC to support music in the Lancaster district. Anyone interested in dividend shares in Lancaster Music Festival can contact the festival directly at info@lancastermusicfestival.com


Get the authentic festival-in-a-field vibe with our Camp Site hosted by Lancaster Cricket Club.

Less than ten minutes walk from the Castle main stage and the city centre venues and even closer to the quayside venues Lancaster Cricket Club offers both grass and hard standing pitches for just £10 per person per night (under 16's free).

From the city centre the camp site is located on St Georges Quay past Carlisle [railway] Bridge.

Other facilities include:

  • Clubhouse And bar open early to late
  • Breakfasts on sale from 08:00
  • Acoustic jamming sessions
  • Segregated Male and female showers in the changing rooms from 09:00 daily
  • 24 Hour toilet facilities (including disabled)
  • Local bus stop directly outside

For more information or to book your pitch email camping@lancastermusicfestival.com or call 01524 65087

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Open Mics

Lancaster has open mic sessions most nights of the week. They are an effective way of securing bookings not just at the Lancaster Music Festival but also for other times of the year.

We recommend you ensure that someone who is responsible for booking acts is present. The following venues have regular open mics. There are other jams and by-invitation events which we will be listing shortly as well as updating the open mic events.

John O’Gaunt: Sunday - 3.30 till 9:00

George & Dragon: Sunday - 8.30 till 11.30

Stonewell Tavern: Sunday - 7:00 till 10:00

Penny Bank: Monday - 9:00 till 11:30

Golden Lion: Tuesday - 9:00 till 11:30

Stonewell Tavern: Wednesday - 9:00 till 11:30

Water Witch: Wednesday - 8:30 till 11:00

Park Hotel: Thursday - 9:00 till 11:30


We welcome buskers to Lancaster during the Festival weekend. If you wish to busk we ask that you check the busking guidelines set out by Lancaster City Council.

Performance Fees

Recommended Performance Fees(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. We have managed to increase act fees each year and intend to continue to do so in line with ensuring the venues also remain profitable

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

About Lancaster

Innumerable restaurants and cafés, a farmer's market, a large number of real ale pubs and live music venues, plenty of night clubs, two theatres, and lots of accommodation to suit every taste and every pocket. Two universities, a castle, cathedral, canal, salmon river, a 30 mile wide bay overlooked by the mountains of the Lake District, England's largest folly situated on a landscaped Victorian park overlooking the whole lot. And the whole lot only 3 miles from the beach easily reached by road, rail, even canal, and miles of cycle paths in and around the city. These are some of the reasons Lancaster is a superbly unique festival location.

Oh yes, and there's the witch's curse too. But more of that when you get here (and try to leave…)

Festival History

In 2009 we had our first multiple genre music festival that was run by participating venues collaborating and pooling resources with local promoters and music organisations. In many ways it was a pilot but it exceeded our expectations with many venues posting the busiest day, weekend or week since trading, many of the hotels and B&Bs fully booked, and an estimated 3-4000 folks attending the events. That year we had 18 venues, 60 acts and 80 shows. Each year the festival has continued to grow in size and attendance.

In 2014 all previous records were broken with attendance estimated at around 40,000 with nearly 200 acts performing well over 200 shows at over 40 locations. Also for the first time in a 1000 years live music concerts were performed in Lancaster Castle’s historic courtyard to the delight of thousands of festivalgoers.

Lancaster Music Festival won the prestigious Lancashire Tourism Award for Visitor Event of the Year in 2013 and was a finalist again in 2014.

Our Mission

To put Lancaster on the map locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as a world class music location

Prime Objective: To celebrate and champion the diversity and quality of our musicians, music venues, and music organisations

Consequent Objective: Increase awareness locally, regionally, nationally and internationally of the combination of cultural, commercial, architectural, historic, innovative, scenic, and academic attractions that make Lancaster a rewarding location in which to work, play, live and visit

Key Objectives