Regional Festivals

50 Locations across the UK between February and April

Registration for 2020 will open in the Autumn, check back soon!

Registration for Regional Festivals will open in the Autumn

Find your local Festival on the map or from the list of Festivals 

If you can't attend a Festival, it's possible to submit a Recorded Entry 

Regional Festivals


This year the Music for Youth Regional Festivals will take place between February and April in almost 50 locations nationwide. The first stop on our annual season, we welcome 40,000 young musicians to take part in the 2019 Regional Festival Series by attending a Regional Festival to perform or submitting a recording.

Everyone’s invited to take part in the UK’s largest youth music 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.

The Regional Festivals are a fantastic chance for young musicians to perform and share their music, listen to performances from other groups, meet other musicians and gain expert advice from professional musicians and music educators: our Music Mentors.

If you attend a Regional Festival or submit a recording as part of the Regional Festival Series, you will be invited to attend the 2020 National Festival – look out for more information soon.

Head to our Events Map to see what festivals are happening near you, or head to the Programme Tab to see the full list of Festivals



FAQs! What you need to know


Who can take part?
The Regional Festival Series (attending a Regional Festival or submitting a recording) 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 the Events map to find your nearest Regional Festival, or click on your chosen Festival below to either join the waiting list or register!

 Aldershot Regional Festival

Alderwood School

Sunday 24th March

Join Waiting List


Birmingham Regional Festival

CBSO Centre

Thursday 28th February

Join Waiting List


MFY Contemporary Regional Festival - Birmingham

MAC Birmingham

Saturday 30th March

Join Waiting List


Boston Regional Festival

Haven High Academy

Saturday 9th March

Join Waiting List


Bridgend Regional Festival

Porthcawl Grand Pavilion

Wednesday 3rd April & Thursday 4th April

Join Waiting List


Brighton & Hove Regional Festival


Saturday 23rd March

Join Waiting List


Calderdale Regional Festival

Rastrick High School

Saturday 23rd March 

Join Waiting List


Gateshead Regional Festival

Sage Gateshead

Sunday 10 February

Join Waiting List


Harrogate Regional Festival

St Aidan's C of E School

Saturday 30th March

Join Waiting List

   Huddersfield Regional Festival

Colne Valley High School

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March

Join Waiting List


Hull Regional Festival

Albemarle Music Centre

Thursday 14th & Friday 15th March

Join Waiting List


King's Lynn Regional Festival

Springwood High School

Sunday 17th March

Join Waiting List


MFY Contemporary Regional Festival - London

Rich Mix

Wednesday 6th March

Join Waiting List


London, Camden Regional Festival

Cecil Sharp House

Friday, 8th March

Join Waiting List


London, Ealing/Harrow Regional Festival

Harrow Arts Centre

Wednesday 13th March

Join Waiting List


London, Islington Regional Festival

Union Chapel

Monday 4th March

Join Waiting List


London, Southbank Regional Festival

Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Monday 25th February

Join Waiting List


Milton Keynes Regional Festival

Church of Christ the Cornerstone

Wednesday 3rd April

Join Waiting List


Newport Regional Festival

Newport Centre

Friday 22nd March

Join Waiting List


Northampton Regional Festivals

Northampton School for Girls

Saturday 16th March

Join Waiting List

Northampton School for Boys

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March

Join Waiting List


Oxford Regional Festival

Centre for Music, Oxfordshire Music

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st March

Join Waiting List


Rochdale Regional Festival

Rochdale Town Hall

Friday 8th & Sunday 10th  March

Join Waiting List


Sheffield Regional Festival

Octagon Centre, Sheffield University

Sunday 3rd March

Join Waiting List


Shrewsbury Regional Festival

Meole Brace School

Saturday 16th March

Join Waiting List


Southampton Regional Festival

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Wednesday 20th March

Join Waiting List



 Swindon Regional Festival (Including MFY Contemporary Regional Festival)

The Platform

Sunday 31st March

Join Waiting List 


Truro Regional Festival

Truro Methodist Church

Friday 8th March

Join Waiting List


MFY Contemporary Regional Festival - Truro 

The Old Bakery Studios

Saturday 9th March

Join Waiting List


Wakefield Regional Festival

St Thomas a Becket Catholic School

Saturday 23rd March

Join Waiting List


Wardle Regional Festival

Wardle Academy

Saturday 31st March

Join Waiting List


Watford Regional Festival

Watford School of Music

Sunday 3rd March

Join Waiting List


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

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, and the closing date is Monday, 11th March.

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.  Once you've registered, the link will then need to shared with us within your account before the closing date. 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.