80+ Acts, 5 Nights, 8 Venues



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Who Should Apply?

  • Artists must be from the UK to apply/perform at Indie Week UK (Acts from other territories will not be considered)
  • Indie Week UK is open to all genres except comedy and cover acts
  • Bands/artists must not be signed directly to a major label.
    (Bands signed to an indie label with major distribution are still allowed to apply)

The Gig


  • Set lengths are 30 minutes on average (travelling International acts get multiple showcases)
  • Sound equipment (mics, PA’s, monitors) will be supplied
  • Basic backline (drumset, amps) will be provided except for breakables

1 Band will be selected to play Indie Week Canada in Toronto 2017


Indie Week UK has reserved 10 slots for all UK acts applying though online submissions. All selected artists will receive festival wristbands and passes, allowing artists access to all Indie Week UK showcases, VIP events, and Indie101 conferences covering topics in music, film, tech and social media.

The Opportunity

Indie Week UK is an annual music festival that takes place in Manchester, England and showcases emerging artists in front of the music industry elite. The event is expected to draw at least 1,000 guests. Industry professionals from fields ranging from A&R, booking, labels, legal, management, press, and production are on board to determine which band is the “best of the fest”, winning the grand prize of a trip to Toronto to headline Indie Week Canada 2018 showcasing 250+ acts from around the world, for up to 5 band members (band members only).

Listen to feedback from bands that performed at Indie Week Canada on Indie Can Radio by clicking here

Them & Us performing at Indie Week Canada Awards 2016
Moon Tan "Best of the Fest" at Indie Week Canada 2016
Now in its 3rd year, Indie Week UK (IWUK) is one of the top emerging artist festivals hosting 80+ artists, 9+ venues in 5 nights. Indie Week puts industry and artists together, acts have made connections and have built new business furthering their career. Along with artist showcases, Indie Week hosts the Indie101 Music + Tech Conference with industry leaders and over 80 speakers – artists have the opportunity to participate in mentorship, classroom and 1-on-1 sessions along with the regular industry panels. Indie Week is a great launch pad for artists wanting to enter into the North American and Canadian markets and make the connections that can help take your band to the next level.
Past Performers Include:
Finger Eleven, Philip Sayce, Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Parallels, The OBGM’s, Walk Off The Earth, Dearly Beloved, Single by Sunday, #FamilyGrind, Tokyo Taboo, Partner, LYON, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Sumo Cyco, Ill Scarlett, Trampa, Dani Strong, Danielle Bourjeaurd
Past Industry Delegates Include:
Eddie Kramer (Producer – Jimi Hendrix/Led Zeppelin), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Michael Wekerle (Dragon’s Den/El Mocambo), Martin Atkins (PIL/Nine Inch Nails), John Densmore (The Doors), Garth Richardson (Producer – Rage Against the Machine/Biffy Clyro), Mike Clink (Producer – Guns’n’Roses/Metallica), Nigel Grainge (Ensign Records),  Chuck Randall (Tour Manager – The Cult/Alice In Chains), Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor/Buffy St. Marie), Ralph James (Agent), Tom Wilson (Juno Award Winner), David Marsden (CFNY Founder)
Past sponsored stages have included:
• Jack Daniels Music House
• Pop Montreal
• Wacken Metal Battle Canada
• The ATX6 Project
• Exclaim! Magazine Showcase
• 94.9 The Rock Next Gen Showcase
• KX96 Country Music Showcase
• Focus UK presented by Focus Wales
• Music Ontario Showcase
• And Many More!

Partners / Sponsors often host select nights. If your company is interested in hosting a night please email info@indieweek.com