Information for artists

English Folk Expo operates in association with the Manchester Folk Festival.

Manchester Folk Festival is open to the public as well as English Folk Expo delegates, giving English Folk Expo delegates a chance to see showcasing artists performing in a concert environment in front of a live audience.  Manchester Folk Festival is programmed by David Agnew of So It Is Ltd. Agent/artist should apply through So It Is Ltd. for artist performance opportunities.

We are proud to say that artists performing at Manchester Folk Festival/English Folk Expo are not charged a registration or application fee and will be paid a fee for their performance.

Approximately 75% of showcasing artists perform on Manchester Folk Festival stages, with the remaining showcasing artists performing at English Folk Expo private delegate only showcases including receptions and the late night bar.

All showcasing artists are deemed to be export ready. English Folk Expo defines export readiness as follows:

– Artists can demonstrate experience of regular live performances across the UK and potentially beyond
– Have released an album in the past 24 months or are planning to release an album in the next 12 months. They must be able to demonstrate knowledge of distributing and promoting recorded music, including physical and digital distribution channels both in the UK and internationally.
– Have a team in place to cover the roles of manager, booking agent, label and distributor. Where an artist is self-representing, they must be able to demonstrate knowledge of these areas.
– Have a quality, multiplatform and up to date online presence, relevant to target market.
– Can articulate a strategy for developing their career and how performing in a new territory supports their career progression.

Plus they must be of suitable quality to be of interest to our delegates and the audiences at our partner festival.

Artist submissions should be made between November and January for the following October’s festival/EFEx. 

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