Regional Festivals

The 2018 Regional Festival series will take place at various locations across the UK between January and April.

Registration will open on October 9, 2017

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All Regional Festivals

Taking place between January and April every year, the Music for Youth Regional Festival series welcomes 40,000 young musicians to take part in the world’s largest youth music festival in 50 locations nationwide.

This is a chance for them to perform their music and gain valuable feedback from our professional music mentors.

The Regional Festival Series is free to take part in and open to any type of group, style of music, and standard of playing. We only ask that you're a group of two or more musicians, aged 21 or under.

The Regional Festival Series is essentially a platform to share music, listen to performances from other local groups and meet other musicians. Learn new skills and get advice on how your group can develop from our team of Music for Youth Music Mentors who give feedback on all performances.

The 2017 Regional Festival Series is now over, and what a series it was! Thank you to everyone who took part.

Entries for our 2018 season will open on October 9th 2017. To be notified when registration goes live, register your details with us on the right.

In the meantime, take a look at what groups from this year's series got up to at the National Festival and Festival Fringe, and who will be performing at this year's Music for Youth Proms!



The 2017 Regional Festival Series is now over, and what a series it was! Thank you to everyone who took part.

Entries for our 2018 season will open on October 9, 2017.


FAQs! What you need to know

Who can take part?
Regional Festivals are open to any type of group (two or more performers) from any background and of any level. The only requirement is that you are in a group of two or more and aged 21 or under.

Where do they take place?
There are over 50 festivals held in different venues throughout the UK.

How are the festivals structured?
Each festival is usually broken down into a morning and afternoon session, with around eleven groups performing in each session. Music for Youth try to make each session as varied as possible so that the performers can watch a range of musical styles.

How long are the performance slots?
Each group has 10 minutes to perform.

What is the normal standard/style of performers at a Regional Festival?
A Regional Festival is a real mixing pot of different styles and levels of ability. Music for Youth welcome all levels and abilities. A festival can include, for example, an extremely nervous primary school choir performing for the very first time outside of their classroom, followed by a county youth orchestra who have performed at the Royal Albert Hall before, followed by an enthusiastic student led punk band. Whatever level a group is at, the Regional Festivals are a great performance opportunity.

What is the role of the Music for Youth Music Mentors?
Music for Youth send two Music Mentors (music education specialists) to every festival. Their role is to listen to each performance and provide inspirational, constructive feedback and suggestions which will help each group continue on their musical journey.

How are spaces allocated?
Spaces are given on a first-come, first-served basis and we'll only include your first three entries (dependent on space available) unless there is room to include your other groups. Please refer to our Regional Festival Allocation Policy for more information.

How much does it cost to take part?
It's free to take part. Travel subsidies are also available for those groups to whom this might be a barrier, to help with transport costs .


For more information on on the types of groups who are able to apply (hint: it's all of them!) and guidance on content of performances head here

Recorded Entry

If it's not possible to get to a Regional Festival you can still be involved by sending in a recording of your group. You'll receive feedback from a Music Mentor and be eligible for progression through to different events in our season in exactly the same way you would from a physical Regional Festival.

Please note: The deadline for submitting a recorded entry to our 2017 season has now passed.

Guidelines for submitting a recorded entry are the same as entry for a Regional Festival performance:

  • Your group must contain 2 or more performers.
  • All performers must be aged 21 or under.
  • Your entry should be no longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • Any style of music is accepted.

Your recorded entry can be in either audio or video format, submitted online. If you are unsure how to do this, please call the Music for Youth office on 020 7759 1830.


  1. Enter your group through online booking
  2. Make your recording available to Music for Youth via one of the following services and include in your entry:

If you need help or advice on how to create a recording in one of the above formats, please contact us on 020 7759 1830.

The deadline for submitting a recorded entry to our 2017 season has now passed. Entries for the 2018 season will open in later this year.