European bands that are not specifically invited by La Roche Bluegrass Festival to headline the festival, are invited to apply to perform at the festival in January of each year.
Bands may apply to perform in one, more or all of the musical activities at the festival: band contest, main stage act, lunchtime sessions, street festival (see "The Music" page).
While musical quality is our primary criteria for selecting bands, we also aim to have a varied programme that will appeal to our festival audience (our Bluegrass tent is quite big!), to represent as many countries as possible and to showcase bands that have not played before.
We usually receive over 60 applications to play for 20 slots, and while we do try to give everyone a chance, it will sadly never be possible to take everyone.
Except under exceptional circumstances, no band will play more than two years in a row.
terms and conditions for playing
Playing time is 45 minutes on the main stage and at the lunchtime sessions (with 15 minutes for line check in both cases).
Bands receive a travel allowance, free accommodation in the school dormitory (2 - 5 to a room) and meal vouchers for as long as they wish to stay over the festival.
Please give your name, email address and band name. You will be added to our data base and you will information about applying to play in the festival in January of next year.
Download the application form for 2018 (deadline February 4)