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The Music for Youth Festival 2024

The Music for Youth Festival 2024 is a collection of regional festivals, the UK’s largest festival for young musicians. As we kick-off our highly anticipated annual season, this year’s festival will be held throughout March 2024, in over 20 locations across the UK, as well as a UK-wide online festival, titled Mentor Connects. Everyone’s invited to take part!

Who Can Take Part?

Anyone can sign up to perform, or you can submit a recording of your performance for ‘Mentor Connects’. It's free to take part, and we welcome any type of group, musical genre, or standard to sign up. The only requirement is that you are a group of two or more musicians aged 21 or younger.  

The Music for Youth Festival is a unique and fantastic opportunity for young musicians to perform live and share their music, listen to performances from other groups, meet other musicians and gain invaluable advice and guidance from professional musicians and music educators: our Music Mentors.   

If you attend a Music for Youth Festival or submit a recording to our Online Mentor Connects platform, you will be invited to attend the 2024 National Festival in Birmingham in July.   

Mentor Connects

If you can’t make it in person to one of our festivals, you can still take part by sending us a recording of your performance.  

Deadline for applications: 11th March 2024.

In 2024, we have festivals in the following locations:

  • Cornwall Festival, Truro Methodist Church, 1st March
  • Cornwall Frequencies, Redruth Wesley, Higher Forestreet, Redruth, TR15 2EG, 2nd March
  • Surrey Festival, Reigate College Rispoli Theatre, 2nd March
  • Kings Lynn Festival, Peter Hopkins Hall, Springwood High School, King’s Lynn. PE30 4AW, 3rd March
  • London Harrow & Ealing, Elliott Hall, Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4EA, 6th March 
  • Norfolk Festival, The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY, 8th March
  • Huddersfield Festival, Colne Valley High School, 9th March
  • Doncaster Festival, Don Valley Academy, Jossey Lane, Scawthorpe, Doncaster DN5 9DD, 9th March
  • Northamptonshire Festival, Spinney Theatre, Northampton School for Girls, 9th March
  • Huddersfield Festival, Colne Valley High School, 10th March
  • Doncaster Festival, Don Valley Academy, Jossey Lane, Scawthorpe, Doncaster DN5 9DD, 10th March
  • Mentor Connects Online Festival, 11th March 
  • Kingston upon Hull Festival, Albemarle Music Centre, 14th March
  • Kingston upon Hull Festival, Albemarle Music Centre, 15th March
  • Kingston upon Hull Festival, Albemarle Music Centre, 16th March
  • Lincolnshire Festival, Haven High Academy, Marian Road, Boston, Pe21 9HB, 16th March
  • Sutton Festival, St Andrew's Church Northey Avenue Cheam SM2 7HF, 16th March
  • Swindon Festival, The Platform, Farringdon Road, Swindon SN1 5BJ, 17th March
  • Bristol Beacon, a specially designed inclusive music festival for musical learners with learning difficulties across the whole spectrum of abilities and needs, 18th March
  • Oxfordshire Festival, Centre for Music, Oxford, 23rd March
  • Newport Regional Festival, Caerleon Comprehensive School, 23rd March
  • Northamptonshire Festival, Cripps Hall Theatre, Northampton School for Boys, 23rd March
  • Northamptonshire Festival, Cripps Hall Theatre, Northampton School for Boys, 24th March
  • Milton Keynes Festival, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 2ES, 27th March

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions about the Festivals.

Get ready to light-up the stage and let your musical brilliance shine at the Music for Youth Festival 2024!

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