The Criteria



For the Big Top and Riverside Stages.

As a committee we are only responsible for the band selection on the two main stages and acoustic stage. Please only apply if you think you meet the festival criteria for the Riverside & Big Top stages which are:

1/ Repeat Riverside and Big Top band bookings are only possible at least 2 years after their last main stage appearance at the Upton Blues Festival.

2/ Unless a band is booked in one of our traditional "special" Gospel Choir or Soul Band slots we would require the majority of your set to be originals, not mainly or exclusively covers or repeat songs.

3/ Our minimum set time is usually 1 hour 15 minutes, so bands applying to play the main stages must have at least enough material in their normal set to cover 75 minutes, with room to spare and to be able to hold an audience for the whole set.

4/ We would expect bands booked for the main stages not to be playing locally anywhere else within a radius of 25 miles of Upton upon Severn, at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the festival.

5/ Any bands booked for one of the main stages in 2019 will not appear at any of the Upton pubs, venues and blues cruise as part of the festival in the same year.

If you fit this criteria and you want to play at the festival then do hit the button below and send in your band bio, but please be aware we get thousands of applications for only 30 main stage slots.We do look at every email but simply cannot reply to you all, so if you don't hear back from us it means that you have been unsuccessful this time. If you feel that perhaps a pub gig is more your thing and want to play at one of the many pub venues, then please contact them directly.

You can find a list of all the participating pubs on our FAQ page. Please be aware that the pubs & venues have a much looser criteria for their bands, so if covers are your thing give them a call!

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