Previous winners:

2017 – Antoine Architeuthis & Owena
2016 – Delphis
2015 – Aidan & the Wildfires
2014 – Lily of Barbary
2013 – Big Tent & the Gypsy Lantern

Purbeck Rising

We have thousands of applications from bands to perform at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival every year. We think we make pretty good choices when it comes to the music but as Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is your festival as well as ours, we thought it might be a good idea to let you do some of the deciding!

How do I enter?

To enter this year’s Purbeck Rising artists should email a link to a live YouTube video to info@purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk before Friday 20th July with the subject Purbeck Rising.

The best acts will be put up for public vote between Wednesday 24th – 31st July with the five most popular acts going through to the live showcase final on the Long Barn at the festival on the afternoon of Saturday 18th August.

Fast Track to Final – we reserve the right to hand out a golden ticket and fast track someone to the finals if we spot them at a local open mic and we think they would do well in the showcase at the festival.

The showcase final will still be during the festival weekend. Finalists can enjoy the whole festival weekend.
Judges at the showcase final include representatives from PVFF, Folk on the Quay, Wimborne Folk Festival, and Wessex Folk Festival – so a true showcase!

The prizes

The winning act will win a paid slot on a main stage at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival next year, a paid spot at Folk on the Quay festival in Poole June 2019, and one day of recording in local The Jays Recording studio.
Wimborne Folk Festival and Wessex Folk Festival will also be selecting someone from the showcase to appear at their festivals – this may or may not be the overall ‘winner’! 🙂