Want to play at NFEST19?

Every year we’re incredibly lucky to have a fantastic range of bands and performers play at our festival. We’re often asked how we choose them and what acts should do if they’d like to be considered. If that’s you and you’d like to know more about playing at NFEST19, read on….

NFEST is a community music festival steeped in the Cambridgeshire rock and blues scene. From Chicago to the Fens, NFEST will always have the blues at its core. This is how we started 23 years ago and it remains a big part of our line up today.

But our beautiful county is blessed with a huge array of local talent, from celebrated musicians to the stars of tomorrow. Every year we strive to strike a great balance of new and established acts playing a variety of styles around around our rock and blues core.

So if you think you’d like to play NFEST in 2019, here’s what you need to consider:

Do you have a connection to Needingworth or the surrounding area? This is Proper Community Music Festival (TM) and we love to Go Local;

Can you get the crowd going? Whatever your style, we’re looking for bands and acts that can entertain a diverse audience. Applications from covers bands, originals and mixed sets are welcome; 

And it has to be all about the music – as the festival is run on a not-for-profit basis, we’re unfortunately unable to pay our acts to perform 🙁 But we can offer you a great day out, refreshments and plenty of promotion on our website and social media accounts 🙂

We’re putting the line up together now over the winter months, so if you’d like to register your interest in playing please drop us an email with your band details, links to your music online and a list of dates when you’re playing live over the next few months. If we don’t already know you, we’ll try and come and catch you live.

What are you waiting for?!




Be Prepared! (to give the Scouts a hand)

Ever though about getting involved with the Scouts but weren’t able to commit to being a Group Leader?

Well fear not! There are many ways you can help your local group, even if you only have a few hours every now and then. Our Local Group’s leaders are always looking for people to help out with running activities and a range of other functions.

Take a look over on our sponsors page for more info.

Fancy getting involved?

Do you love music? Want to meet new people? Keen to put your time and talents to good use?

If so why not join the NFEST team this year and be part of creating something really special! We couldn’t run NFEST without the people that turn up, take part and help out, so if you’ve got a couple of hours to spare across the weekend there’s a great mix of backstage and front of house help needed, including:

  • Stewarding the bands & equipment
  • Welcoming the public and collecting entry donations
  • Event set-up and take-down
  • Bar stewards
  • Running or assisting at refreshment stalls
  • Marketing, PR & social media management
  • On site security
  • First aiders

If you’ve got what it takes please send us an email or message on our Facebook page. Thank you!

NFEST18 – First Acts announced!

In March we released the names of the first eight acts confirmed for NFEST18. All new announcements appear on our Facebook page first, so make sure you head over there and give us a like to keep up to date with the latest news on our fabulous acts.