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Busk Love Folk

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The Atkinson’s annual Love Folk Festival returns in February and once again they are looking to showcase new talent on their Busk Love Folk Stage.

The Love Folk Festival team are looking for applications for artists to be part of the Love Folk Festival which runs from Friday 14 – Saturday 15 February 2020 at The Atkinson, Southport.

The Busk Love Folk Event will run throughout the afternoon of Saturday the 15 of February and consist of 35 minute showcase appearances

The winners of the slots will be decided by The Love Folk Festival Team & their media partner, Fatea Magazine. For logistical reasons the slots are restricted to solo performers, duos and trios, acts should be broadly in line with genres represented in the festival.

As well as a 35 minute showcase, the selected acts will also get:

Getting gigs and making recordings is only part of the picture, Fatea’s editor, Neil King, will also be running a FREE workshop/Q&A session Making the Most out of Media on how to make the best use of the internet and social media to help get your band noticed and advice on how to approach radio stations, magazines, bloggers etc to maximise awareness. This event is free, just drop in on Saturday 15 February, 11am – 12pm in the Theatre Bar.

Fatea Editor Neil King said:

“Love Folk and the supporting Busk Love Folk have become an important part of the start of the festival season. Busk Love Folk and the workshops are a great opportunity to add to a musicians music CV and build towards a full festival season with a great and fun experience behind them ”

To be considered for a BUSK LOVE FOLK slot you will need to send an mp3 of the song that you best feel represents you as an act, link to a live video plus a short biog and contact phone number to Applications must be submitted by the 12th of December with the successful applicants notified early January followed by an announcement on the festival website and a media release.

This year Love Folk brings out the big guns with headliners Sheelanagig (Friday) and Fatea Lifetime Award winner Martyn Joseph (Saturday). So save the date Friday 14 - Saturday 15 February 2020 as this is a party folk fans will not want to miss!

Alongside the headliners Love Folk features Merry Hell, Blair Dunlop, Granny's Attic and Lucy Farrell & Andrew Waite.

Building a new folk audience and supporting new artists is important to us and this is one of the ways we are able to play a part.

The acts will be selling their CD’s so if you like something you hear, you can take a bit of #LoveFolkFest home with you. It’s a great chance to have a look round the venue, grab a coffee and a piece of cake from our Bakery and take advantage of great FREE music!”

Love Folk – the little festival with a big heart invites you to spend the most romantic weekend of the year singing, dancing drinking, eating and generally loving folk

Tickets are available online at or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours. Individual gig tickets are limited.

*Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.

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