Stendhal submission process opens for 2021

Multi-Award winning music and arts event, Stendhal Festival, has announced that it will soon be opening its annual submission process for musical artists looking to take part in celebrating the event’s 10th anniversary, which for the first time is happening over two weekends in July and August.

The process is open from Friday, March 12 until Friday March 19, 2021 and it is welcoming submissions from any and all musicians and bands that are keen to showcase their talents on stage at the biggest independent music festival of its type in Northern Ireland.

The heralded showcase of the arts is celebrating their 10th anniversary this summer and the team behind the event say that while they had ultimately different goals to mark the event before Covid reared its head, they say that despite changes to the size and scale of the two events, their importance has never been greater.

Festival Director Ross Parkhill said: “Submission time is up there as one of our favourite times of the year at Stendhal,” he said.

“Over the ten years we have been running, our submission process has allowed us to discover literally thousands of acts, loads of which have gone on to play the festival and several who have gone on to make a real name for themselves.

“We were first introduced to the likes of SOAK, ROE and Ryan McMullan through the submission process, all of whom now are poised for success on an international level.”

Stendhal is known for a diverse and eclectic programme and Ross says that the submission process for Stendhal has always been a key part of that.

“We welcome submissions from acts in every genre, every age, every background, every level of experience. If you play music we want to hear from you,” he said.

Ross concluded: “2021 is a benchmark year for us, a real milestone for Stendhal, not just because its our tenth anniversary but obviously because of everything that has happened in the events sector over the past year as a result of Covid. We want to gets acts back up on stage and doing what they do best and we can’t wait to give that opportunity to a whole host of bands this summer.”