*UPDATE* Due to COVID-19 we have changed the dates for Purbeck Rising. We’ll move through to the next round of this competition if/when we know whether the festival will happen.
2019 – Ben Morgan-Brown
2018 – Roswell
2017 – Antoine Architeuthis & Owena
2016 – Delphis
2015 – Aidan & the Wildfires
2014 – Lily of Barbary
2013 – Big Tent & the Gypsy Lantern
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 Purbeck Rising 2020, artists should fill in the following form with a link to a live YouTube video and their email address before Wednesday 15th April 2020.
The best acts will be put up for public vote between Friday 1st – 8th May 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 22nd 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 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, Wessex Folk Festival, Bridport Folk Festival as well as local folk club organisers – so a true showcase!
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 2021, 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’! 🙂