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Festival Structure


Initial Sign Up and Meeting

To sign up to the Surface Festival you must fill in an online application form which you will find on the sign up page on our website. Please make sure that you fill in all the relevant areas marked with *; we require all band members’ names and ages, at least three email addresses, two contact numbers and two addresses. Don't worry, we will not pass any details on to any other organisations - all your information is private and is only used by us in conjunction with the festival.

Once we have received your online application you will contacted via email to confirm we have received all the relevant information. Your application will then be vetted. If your application is successful we will invite you to a local meeting with your area manager. The Festival will be explained in detail to you and you will have the opportunity to ask any relevant questions. Your area manager will then book you onto your first stage gig. Which gig we book you onto will depend on the age of your band and the genre of your music.

Due to the large amount of applications received Surface Festival cannot inform every band if their application has been unsuccessful, we will only contact successful applicants.


Stages 1 & 2

In stages 1 and 2 the Surface Festival voting system consists of a ratings structure. Ratings can be gained through audience votes, text vote, musicians’ votes and industry votes.

1 text vote = 1 rating
1 audience vote = 5 ratings
1 musicians’ vote = 20 ratings
1 industry vote = 30 ratings


At each 1st and 2nd stage event the four and artists with the highest ratings will progress. For technical information on equipment and back line please see FAQs.


Stage 3 - Semi-Final Showcases

In the semi-final showcases the Surface Festival voting system consists of a ratings structure. Ratings can be gained through audience votes and text vote.

1 text vote = 1 rating
1 audience vote = 5 ratings

At each event the four bands and artists with the highest ratings will be considered by our judge(s) who will then decide on the band(s) for the Regional Showcase.

(Number of bands and artists progressing in each region and night varies depending on the number of bands and artists taking part in the festival in each region and taking part on the night. For the number of bands and artists progressing in each region see the appropriate regional minisite).


Stage 4 - Regional Showcase

At the Regional Showcases bands and artists will play in front of a panel of independent industry guests. At the Regional Showcases in each area the progressing band and artists will be decided by a combination of text votes and by the committee of industry guests.

The Surface Festival Regional Showcase scoring works on a points system which combines the scores from our panel of professional judges (3 judges will form the Surface Festival Committee) and the result of the text vote for each band.

For further details on the scoring system devised for the Surface Festival Regional and International Showcases please see the scroing system page on the website.

(Number of band and artists progressing in each region varies depending on the number of band and artists taking part in the festival in each region. For the number of band and artists progressing in each region see the appropriate regional minisite).

Stage 5 - International Showcase


At the International Showcase 28 bands and artists will play in front of an independent industry panel (Surface Festival Committee). The prize winners of the festival will be decided by a combination of text votes and by the committee of industry guests.

The Surface Festival International Showcase scoring works on a points system which combines the scores from our panel of professional judges (3 judges will form the Surface Festival Committee) and the result of the text vote for each band.

For further details on the scoring system devised for the Surface Festival Regional and International Showcases please see the scoring system page on the website.



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