YO!Fest Emerging Bands Contest 2018 for young Europeans (Funded)

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Application Deadline: March 18th 2018

The European Youth Forum & JM International are once again launching the popular YO!Fest Emerging Bands Contest.

The aim is to find the best young European bands and give them the opportunity to perform at the biggest political youth event in Europe, helping them showcase their music in front of an international public, and open for exciting headliners.

An open call is sent out targeted at young bands, and the top ones are chosen by an international jury based on their artistic excellence and energy.

Calling all European emerging bands! This is your chance to perform at YO!Fest 2018 on 1-2 June in Strasbourg!

All you need to do is submit your entry by 18th March 2018 with your band’s info, music & links and convince us you’re the best band for the job!

The YO!Fest jury will pick 4 winners to perform as opening acts for YO!Fest:

  • 3 Bands

  • 1 DJ


Bands with maximum 8 members from:

  • European Union member countries

  • EU candidate countries (Albania, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey)

  • EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)

  • The average age of the band members should not exceed 26 (no members may be over 30 years old)

  • Bands should play a genre that is accessible to a wide variety of people.


The winning bands will get the travel to/from Strasbourg, local transport, accommodation and food covered to play on stage at the European Youth Event 2018.

  • Each winner will have a 30 minutes performance at YO!Fest 2018.

  • YO!Fest will cover the winning bands’ travels to/from Strasbourg, their local transportation in Strasbourg, accommodation, food plus €50 per band member.

  • The winners will be announced in April by email and/or by telephone.

  • Bands are expected to arrive in Strasbourg on the 31th May, perform on the 1st or 2nd of June and depart on the 3rd of June.

​For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the YO!Fest Emerging Bands Contest 2018

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