UPDATED: Band applications for the 2014 Worcester Music Festival are now closed

Band and artist applications are now officially open for Worcester Music Festival 2014, which takes place from Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31.

For those who are unfamiliar with the festival, which was launched in 2008, the festival is an annual, three-day celebration of live, original music, primarily that of Worcester and county-based musicians, but also that of under-the-radar talent from across the UK.

Over 900 acts applied to play in 2013, demonstrating the festival’s growing kudos, with around 250 slots available at festival venues, from pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants and historic buildings to a leisure cruise boat, independent record shop and outdoor stages.

However, on the basis that every artist who performs at WMF does it for absolutely nothing to keep the event completely free for festival-goers, what is the attraction of performing?

Chairman Ant Robbins said: “Aside from the brilliant atmosphere, the festival is the chance to reach new audiences, sell CDs and meet hundreds of fellow musicians, while organisers, who are all volunteers, work hard to promote bands who take part. Musicians also benefit from the opportunity to meet venue owners and gig at places they would not normally play and secure paid gigs.”

To apply to perform in 2014, visit www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk before the closing date of Monday, March 31.

Other events are also in the pipeline to build momentum for Worcester Music Festival 2014, including another Big Busk, a showcase of outdoor performances around the city centre in conjunction with Worcester BID, and fundraisers for the non-profit making festival.

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