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Tuesday 5 March 2024

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All Tomorrow’s Parties.

Mar 30, 2022

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has begun a search to find future folk stars who’d like to try out for showcases at this year’s event to push their music and reach a new level of audience. Groups, duos or soloists aged 16 to 26 who live in the festival’s catchment area of Shropshire, Mid Wales or the wider West Midlands can apply for one of the three places available on ‘The Launchpad,’ which spotlights up and coming talent on the festival’s Village Stage. Those successful candidates will perform two 30-minute sets over the weekend at this year’s event at the West Midlands Showground over August Bank Holiday (August 26-29th). The festival’s artistic director Sandra Surtees acknowledged previous bands that have appeared on The Launchpad have gone on to win BBC Folk Awards, play UK tours and festivals.

To apply for one of the available places, performers must be available to attend the festival between Friday August 26 to 29th. In return, they will receive a free artist and guest ticket, on-site camping and backstage hospitality. To apply, send a short biography (including location and ages), links to performances (Soundcloud, YouTube or other) and  contact details to jo@shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk before May 27. Only the selected performers will be contacted.

Spiral Earth wishes luck to all who apply, let’s show them what folk have got and what other folk have been missing!


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