Top Tips For Applying17th February 2019
We want you to put yourself forward to perform at Beyond The Woods 2019. Here's how you can make your application stand out from the crowd.
Once again we've opened up artist applications for this year's festival and the response has been absolutely fantastic.
After receiving several hundred applications for 2018's event, we've had nearly fifty just on the opening day for Beyond The Woods 2019.
With so many people applying, we thought it'd be worth giving you an idea of what we're looking for, and what you can do to make your application the absolute best it can be.
There might be one or two moments of real talk in the rest of this blog post, but we want to be completely honest with you about how you can maximise your chances of performing at the festival.
Make Sure You Send Us Your Very Best Tune
First things first - artist applications are all about the music.
The bottom line is that we're going to pick the artists we've enjoyed listening to the most, so hit us with your absolute best tune.
It doesn't have to be your latest single, and it doesn't have to be the first song you ever released. We want to hear the one song in your set that everyone will go away remembering.
Make Sure We Can Find It
We do really put a lot of effort into making sure we listen to all your applications, but we'd also be lying if we said there weren't one or two occasions when something might not get listened to.
If your music is really difficult to find, it's also really difficult for us to make a decision on it - particularly if it's behind a pay wall.
Here are a few examples of things we can access:
- Bandcamp (as long as we can listen for free)
- Your own website
- Google Drive
- Facebook videos
We don't use Apple Music or Deezer, so if you send us links to either of those platforms we may struggle.
Take Us Straight There
Again, most of the time we will try to find something to listen to, but it's always much easier if you send us a link to the actual tune.
If you just include a link to your Facebook page, or to a Google folder with ten different pieces of music in it, we might end up listening to the wrong thing.
What To Put In Your Additional Info
Obviously, the music is the most important thing, but the additional info section plays an important part in successful applications.
It can be difficult to know what to put here, especially as you've only got 1,000 characters to play with.
Here are a few dos and don'ts to help you out:Do
Do tell us what you've been up to. We'd love to know about singles/EPs you've released, and how well they've done. We're also keen to hear about the sorts of gigs you've been playing recently - who you've supported, where you've played, how many headline shows you've got under your belt. That sort of thing.
We'd also love to know about your plans for 2019 - the music you'll be releasing, the shows you'll be playing, etc.
Do tell us about your sound, who you're influenced by and that sort of thing, but bear in mind that we are going to listen to your music. The additional info section is mostly to help us find out things we can't learn from an MP3, so don't spend too much time on sonics.Don't
Don't tell us where you heard about the festival, and how much you'd love to perform. We're genuinely very flattered, but it doesn't tell us anything about you as an artist, and is basically a waste of characters.
Don't be afraid to write in short sentences, or even bullet points. We're a music festival, not the Man Booker Prize.
Don't write more than you feel you have to. 1,000 characters is a limit, not a target, and if we have to wade through a lot of filler to get to the good stuff then it'd probably be harmful to your application.
Make Sure BBC Introducing Have Your Music
As you know, the line up for one of our stages will be booked by BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire. If you're applying from nearby it's absolutely essential that Chris, Hayley and the team have you on their radar.
It's basically a second chance for you to get on the poster this year, so we'd really strongly recommend signing up to the BBC Introducing uploader, if you haven't already.
Get Your Application In Early
Pretty straightforward this one: Applications submitted first go to the top of the listening pile.
Although the cut-off date for Applications is 1st May, that doesn't mean that we're going to wait until then. If we hear something we like, we'll get on the phone and book it.
Plus, for fairly obvious reasons, there are advantages to being listened to earlier in the day, rather than last thing at night after a hard day at work.
If you've any thoughts at all about applying to perform, get your application in now!
We hope this helps give you an idea of what we're after from an application to perform at Beyond The Woods 2019, and we're really looking forward to hearing your music.
When you're ready, you can use this page to submit your music to our festival application system.
Can't wait to see you in August!