In a world where overnight pop sensations are created based on ‘likeability’ and/or having the X-Factor, a new Channel 4 TV series looks set to focus on the music (fingers crossed). The series is offering unsigned songwriters the chance to have their song heard by huge audiences and recorded by an established singer. Since it’s all about songwriting, we’re convinced a country music talent should easily make it to the final, so get applying by emailing email@example.com.
But for those who prefer to perform their songs themselves (and have the skills to do so), the surge of UK country music festivals this year brings a surge of opportunities.
Black Deer Festival – Closing soon!
Today (April 1st) is the last day to apply to play at Black Deer Festival. The Americana event launched last year and grabbing one of its slot will see you sharing the bill with Band of Horses, Kris Kristofferson, The Mavericks and The Wandering Hearts. Be quick and apply here.
Nashville Meets London
This free festival in London’s financial district has always championed up and coming talent and this year that could include you alongside names like Lauren Alaina. Apply here.
British Country Music Festival
This new festival, launching in Blackpool in September, is celebrating homegrown talent (and honorary Brits like Sarah Darling). You could add your name to existing U.K. country and Americana artists by applying here.
Buckle and Boots
This May event just outside of Manchester always feels like a real country family affair. Along side a few US acts (like William Michael Morgan) they’ve always made room for upcoming local artists, like Katy Hurt, Jake Morrell, and maybe you if you contact them here.
The Long Road Fest
This festival that burst onto the scene last year will be the closest thing to playing in Tennessee outside of Tennessee. Headline spots have gone to Kip Moore and Josh Turner (yes!) but there are currently spots on the incredibly realistic ‘Front Porch Stage’ up for grabs. Details of how to apply right here.
Brits in Boots