The Acoustic Tent


WIN A PERFORMANCE SLOT ON THE MAIN STAGE! This year, for the first time, we are running a Newcomers’ Competition for folk performers who are looking to increase their experience. You might have done lots of Open Mic Sessions or floor spots but never been a support or main act, for example.

The competition is open to any folk musicians - soloists or groups, with or without instruments. ENTRY IS FREE with your Folk Festival ticket.

You will have 10 minutes (up to two songs) to show what you can do. You can perform songs or tunes, either self-penned or created by others – it’s up to you.

The performer(s) judged the best will win a 15 minute slot on the main stage later in the afternoon (up to three songs). So you’ll need an extra one up your sleeve!

 (Please note – as its name implies, the Acoustic Tent has no amplification, but the winners will have the benefit of microphones and experienced sound technician for their main stage spot.)

To enter, just sign up with Linda or Catherine in the Acoustic tent by 12.30pm on the day of the festival. There’s a maximum of 10 places, so book early to avoid disappointment! The competition will take place from 13.10pm. (We reserve the right not to run the competition unless we have a minimum of four entrants – so save the date and tell your friends!)

The judging panel will consist of experienced but friendly local folk musicians. They’ll be looking at stage presence (eg, confidence, audience engagement), musicianship (eg, tunefulness, instrumental skill) and song choice (all-round folky listening pleasure). Come and have a go – we’d love to meet you!