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 vote?

Between Wednesday 27th March 2024 – Wednesday 3rd April 2024 we hosted an online vote where you could vote for your favourite act (out of our top 10). 

The 5 acts that received the most votes have now been selected to take part in the Purbeck Rising Showcase Final at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2024.

The Purbeck Rising Finalists are: Lucy Bone, Jaunty, Loris and the Lion, Erika Olson, Eleanor Dunsdon & Gregor Black. You can see them live at the festival on Saturday 17th August 2024.

Previous winners:

2023 – Arquebus Trio & Rachel Hill (joint winners)
2022 – Rob Clamp
2021 – Calum Gilligan and Dead Horse Bay (joint winners)
2020 – Good Habits
2019 – Ben Morgan-Brown
2018 – Roswell
2017 – Antoine & Owena
2016 – Delphis
2015 – Aidan & the Wildfires
2014 – Lily of Barbary
2013 – Big Tent & the Gypsy Lantern

How do I enter?

Applications to Purbeck Rising are currently closed.

We will open applications to enter Purbeck Rising 2025 in September 2024, so check back here then. All you’ll have to do is follow a link and fill in a quick form with your name, contact details, and a link to a live YouTube video before the deadline (which is usually in March).

Once the deadline has passed, we will watch & listen to all the applications, and shortlist the top 10 (or so) acts. These shortlisted artists / bands will then be put up for a public vote (usually for a week in March / April) with the 5 most popular acts going through to the final.

The 5 Purbeck Rising Finalists will be invited to attend the festival, as well as perform in the Purbeck Rising Showcase Final from 12pm on the Saturday of the festival – where judges (and the audience) vote for the winner!

Judges at the showcase final include representatives from PVFF, Wimborne Folk Festival, Wessex Folk Festival, Bridport Folk Festival as well as local folk club organisers – so a true showcase!

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 prize

One act will be chosen for a paid slot on a main stage at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival next year.

Representatives from Wimborne, Wessex, and Bridport Folk Festivals and local folk clubs are part of the panel and may also select acts from the showcase to appear at their festivals! 🙂

Calum Gilligan (2021 winner). Playing guitar and singing into a microphone.
Dead Horse Bay (2021 winners).
Good Habits performing on the Word Stage. They are a duo (1 male & 1 female) and are performing barefoot. The man is on the left playing accordion and the woman is on the right playing double bass.
Ben Morgan-Brown (Winner 2019). Performing at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival with hat on, singing into microphone, sat down, with guitar rested on knee.
Roswell performing on the main stage at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. They are a female duo, both are singing into their microphones and playing guitar.