80+ Acts, 5 Nights, 8 Venues


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

Past Performers Include:
Finger Eleven, Philip Sayce, Mike Joyce (Drummer of The Smiths / DJ Set), Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), DJ LDontheCut (SUBLIME with Rome), Darenots, Walk Off The Earth, The Mahones, Diana, The OBGMs, Sumo Cyco, Parallels, Cousins, KO, The Rebel Emergency, Ill Scarlett, Peter Katz, Roz Bell, The Birthday Massacre, Romes (Nightbox), Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold.

Past Industry Delegates Include:
Eddie Kramer (Producer), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Michael Wekerle (Dragon’s Den/El Mocambo), Garth Richardson (Rage against the Machine), Mike Clink (Producer – Guns’n’roses/Metallica), Nigel Grainge (Thin Lizzy), Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor)

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

Past sponsored stages have included:

  • Jack Daniels Music House
  • City of London Ontario
  • Pop Montreal
  • Wacken Metal Battle Canada
  • The ATX 6 Project
  • Outlaw Roadshow
  • Exclaim! Magazine Showcase/Ginger Ale and the Monowhales video release
  • 94.9 The Rock Next Gen Showcase
  • KX96 Country Music Showcase
  • Focus UK presented by Focus Wales
  • Music Ontario Showcase 
  • Royalty Records Showcase 
  • The BIG TICKET stage hosted by Maestro Fresh West
  • The Coalition Entertainment stage hosted by Human Kebab from USS
  • The Epiphone Showcase featured Magneta Lane, The Mahones, The Suburbians, and the Ascot Royals.

Indie Week has a vibe unlike any other… Indie Week has a street level excitement that is infectious, and more palpable joy than a fleet of beer trucks brings to a chili cook-off… You really can’t help but have a good time.-Bob Segarini


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