Regional Festivals

Regional Festivals

50 Locations across the UK between February and March

Most Festivals are now full, but check your preferred location
Waiting Lists spaces are available

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Check out what Regional Festivals are taking place near you using our Map function!

 

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The deadline to register groups for the 2018 series has now passed, and we're excited to see you all in February and March! 

We'll be in touch by Christmas to confirm places.

You can still submit a Recorded Entry which will give you access to feedback and more opportunities, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list for a festival, please sign up using the Book Now button, select Waiting List, and then indicate which Festival you would like to be considered for in the form

Taking place between January and April every year, the Music for Youth Regional Festival series is the first stop on our annual season, and 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 and share their music-making, listen to performances from other local groups, meet other musicians, and gain valuable feedback. This is also a first chance to 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. By registering for the Regional Festival Series groups then have access to further Music for Youth events and opportunities across the year, such as National Festival

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.

If you're not able to travel to a Regional Festival you can still be involved by submitting a video and/or audio Recorded Entry. For more information head to the Recorded Entry page.

Registration is now closed, but head to our Events Map to see what festivals are happening near you!

 

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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.

What if I can't get to a festival?

If it's not possible to get to a Regional Festival you can still be involved by submitting a Recorded Entry. 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. When registering, simply select Recorded Entry from the list of festival choices and we will ask you to submit your link along with some other details about your group at a later date.

 

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

 

Check out our Events map to find your nearest Regional Festival

 

What if I can't get to a festival?

If it's not possible to get to a Regional Festival you can still be involved by submitting a Recorded Entry. 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. When registering, simply select Recorded Entry from the list of festival choices and we will ask you to submit your link along with some other details about your group at a later date.

 

Aldeburgh Regional Festival

Britten Studio, Snape Maltings

Saturday 10th February

 

Aldershot Regional Festival

Alderwood School

Sunday 4th March

 

Birmingham Regional Festival

CBSO Centre

Tuesday 6th March

 

Birmingham RPU Festival (Rock, Pop and Urban)

mac Birmingham

Saturday 10th March

 

Boston Regional Festival

Haven High Academy

Saturday 10th March

 

Brighton & Hove Regional Festival

BHASVIC

Saturday 10th February

 

Burgess Hill Regional Festival

Burgess Hill Girls' School

Saturday 3rd March

 

Cheltenham Regional Festival

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sunday 25th & Monday 26th March

 

Gateshead Regional Festival

SAGE Gateshead, Hall One

Saturday 24th March

 

Harrogate Regional Festival

St Aidan's C of E School

Saturday 24th February

 

Haverfordwest Regional Festival

Sir Thomas Picton School

Tuesday 27th March

 

Huddersfield Regional Festival

Colne Valley High School

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th March

 

Hull Regional Festival

Albemarle Music Centre

Thursday 8th & Friday 9th March

 

King's Lynn Regional Festival

Springwood High School

Sunday 18th March

 

London RPU Festival (Rock, Pop & Urban)

Rich Mix

Monday 19th March

 

London, Camden Regional Festival

Cecil Sharp House

Friday, 23rd February

 

London, Ealing/Harrow Regional Festival

Ealing Christian Centre

Wednesday 14th March

 

London, Islington Regional Festival

Union Chapel

Tuesday 6th March

London, Southbank Regional Festival

Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Wednesday 14th March

 

London, Sutton Regional Festival

St Andrews Church, Cheam

Friday 9th March

 

Milton Keynes Regional Festival

Church of Christ the Cornerstone

Thursday 22nd March

 

Newport Regional Festival

Newport Centre

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th March

 

Northampton Regional Festival

Northampton School for Girls

Saturday 10th March

Northampton School for Boys

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March

 

Oxford Regional Festival

Centre for Music, Oxfordshire Music

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March

 

Peak District Regional Festival

Hope Valley College

Sunday 11th February

 

Rochdale Regional Festival

Rochdale Town Hall

Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd, & Sunday 4th  March

  

Shrewsbury Regional Festival

Meole Brace School

Saturday 17th March

 

Southampton Regional Festival

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Wednesday 21st March

 

Stafford & Stoke Regional Festival

The Coton Centre, Tamworth

Saturday 17th March

 

Swindon Regional Festival

The Platform

Sunday 25th March

 

Truro Regional Festival

Truro Methodist Church

Friday 23rd February

 

Truro RPU Festival (Rock, Pop & Urban)

Truro College

Saturday 24th February

 

Wakefield Regional Festival

St Thomas a Becket Catholic School

Saturday 17 March

Wardle Regional Festival

Wardle Academy

Saturday 24th March

 

Watford Regional Festival

Watford School of Music

Sunday 4th March

 

Check out our map of Regional Festivals to see what's on near you!

www.mfy.org.uk/events/map/

Recorded Entry

If it's not possible to get to a Regional Festival you can still be involved by submitting 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. Recorded entry is now open along with the other Regional Festivals.

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, and welcomed!

Your recorded entry can be in either audio or video format, and will need to be uploaded to a site like Youtube, Soundcloud or Vimeo. The link will then need to shared with us in the sign-up form. If you choose to make the file password protected, please remember to include the details we will need in order to be able to access it.