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The growing popularity of music festivals is a great way to get your band exposed to lots of new fans. We list the major festivals in North America that you should look to submit your band to play.

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Location: Austin, TX 78765
South by Southwest is an annual tradeshow with 120 vendors and live band showcases every night. Over 2000 bands play to industry executives, record labels, and music fans from around the world. Any band can submit their music to try to play at the show. For this March Festival they start accepting artists submissions in August and the deadline is early November.  

CMJ Music Marathon

Location: New York, NY 10011
CMJ Music Marathon takes place in New York for 5 days every October. With over 1000 bands playing in 65 venues to over 100,000 music fans and industry professionals it is a great way to get your band exposure. The website tells you how you can submit your band for consideration.

Festival Network On-line

Location: Asheville, NC 28814
This site allows you to search music festivals in states. With over 20,000 North American events, FNO provides artists, musicians, craftspeople, vendors, and booking agents with the most comprehensive searchable database of events anywhere. There are some free basic searches you can do, but to get detailed information there is a charge. 

North by Northeast

Location: Toronto,
This Canada Music Festival & Conference takes place every June in Toronto, Ontario. It features over 500 bands in 40 venues playing to 100,000 music fans and industry professionals. They have a conference during the day featuring conference panels and interviews with music industry professionals and companies.  

List of Latino Festivals Across the US

A list of Latino music and culture festivals across the country that actively seek musicians to perform. 

All Good Festival

Location: Thronville, OH
Hosting indie and folk musicians, The All Good Festival has gained national noteriety for being one of the best summer festivals in the country. 

AthFest Music & Arts Festival

Location: Athens, GA
AthFest Music & Arts Festival takes place in Athens, GA for 3 days every June. Over 150 bands play in 17 venues.  

Austin City Limits

Location: Austin, TX
Austin City Limits takes place in Austin, TX for 3 days every September. Not quite as big as SXSW but a great place to get exposure for your band.  The website tells you how you can submit your band for consideration. Over 100 bands play to thousands of people.  


Location: Seattle, WA 98109
Allows you to apply to play. Since 1971, Bumbershoot has drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend. Over 150,000 visitors from near and far spend the weekend reveling in the world of Bumbershoot, experiencing everything from regional favorites to international

Burning Man

Location: Black Rock City, NV
Said to be inexplicable, Burning Man is a music festival in which the community of Black Rock City comes together spontaneously to make music at various venues within the city. 

Canadian Music Week

Location: Mississauga, L5M 6G9
Canadian Music Week takes place every March in Toronto, Canada featuring over 600 bands in 45 venues, education seminars and speakers focusing on the music industry trends. They accept band submissions. 


Location: Indio, CA
Coachella Festival takes place every April in Indio, CA. Over 100 bands play in 3 days.  

Festival Finder

A free site where you'll discover the latest details on more than 2,500 music festivals in North America. You can search by genre and can get the link for each festival and navigate their site to see how you can try to get your band to perform at the festivals.

Halifax Pop Explosion

Location: Halifax,
Halifax Pop Explosion is a music festival and conference that exposes international talent of over 150 bands at 20 venues over 5 days since 1993. 

High Sierra Music Festival

Location: Quincy, CA
High Sierra Music Festival takes place every July in Quincy, CA. Over 75 bands play in 5 days. They do not take submissions and hand pick their bands. If you are not playing, it is encouraged by them to bring your instruments and play acoustic sets to fans at the festival campgrounds. 

Hopscotch Festival

Location: Raliegh, NC
An independent music festival, Hopscotch fills up 15 venues across dowtown Raliegh with 175 bands over 3 days.

I'll Be Your Mirror

Location: Asbury Park, NJ
Featuring many indie, I'll Be Your Mirror is an up and coming festival that suits the needs of any current music lover. 

In the Dead of Winter

In the Dead of Winter is an acoustic based music festival takes place every January in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada featuring over 50 bands.  


Lollapalooza takes place every August in Chicago, IL. Over 125 bands play in 3 days. They take band submissions on their site.

Musicfest NW

Location: Portland, OR
MusicFestNW happens every September in Portland, OR. Over 200 bands play in 21 venues in 4 days. You can submit your band to play on their site.  


Musikfest takes place every August in Bethlehem, PA. Over 500 bands play in 10 days. They take band submissions on their site which begins in November and ends early March

Newport Folk Fest

Location: Newport, RI 02840
Gaining fame when Bob Dylan plugged into an amplifier in 1965, The Newport Folk Fest has been a staple for folk and indie fans alike over the years. 

Outside Lands

Location: San Fransisco, CA
With nearly 100 bands performing, Ouside Lands has worked to create an impressive bill of indie musicians as well as other big name acts. 


Location: Pendarvis Farm, OR
With a focus on indie roots music and folk, the Pickathon is a sustainable music festival in Oregon that draws 50 of the indie world's most talented bands. 

Pitch Fork Music Festival

Location: Chicago, IL
Pitch Fork Music Festival takes place in Chicago, IL for 3 days every July. Over 40 bands on 3 stages play. They do not take submissions on their website.  

Roots Picnic

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19148
Roots Picnic is a growing festival that promotes new indie and hip-hop artists as well as focussing on the tradtional roots of new music. 

Sasquatch Festival

Sasquatch Festival takes place every May in Quincy, WA. Over 100 bands play in 3 days.

Sled Island

Sled Island takes place every June in Calgary Alberta, Canada with over 170 bands in 4 days and 17,500 attendees.  

Summer Camp Festival

Location: Chillicothe, IL
Summer Camp Festival occurs every May in Chillicothe, IL. Over 40 bands place in 3 days.  


Location: Milwaukee, WI 53202
Summerfest takes place for 11 days in June/July in Milwaukee, WI. Over 700 bands play in 11 venues over 11 days.

Sunset Strip Music Festival

Location: West Hollywood, CA 90069
Sunset Strip Music Festival takes place in June in West Hollywood, CA.  Over 50 bands in 6 clubs play over three days.  They do not have a link on their website for band submissions. 

The Governor's Ball

Location: Randall's Island NYC, NY
The Govenor's Ball has been able to obtain a host of talented acts that perform on Radall's Island, right near New York City. 

Voodoo Experience

Location: New Orleans, LA
Voodoo Experience takes place every October in New Orleans, LA.  Over 100 bands play over 3 days. They have a link on their website for bands to submit their request to play. 


Location: Lawrence, KS
Wakarusa Festival takes place every June in Ozark, AR. Over 100 bands play in 3 days.

Woodist Festival

Location: Big Sur, CA
Woodist Festival is a botiquey two day festival in Big Sur. The 10 or so acts are mostly chillwave and folk. 

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

Location: Montreal,
Osheaga has become on of the hottest festivals in the music scene as a result of Montreal's beauty and ability to put compile a lineup of indie, alternative and rap's biggests names.


"Many Brands such as Coke, Microsoft and Starbucks want to stay relevant and cool so they often go to big festivals like SXSW to find music from up and coming bands to use in their ad campaigns. Whether you are playing to 5 people or 300, play your best as you never know who your audience is that could help take you to the next level. "

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