Apply now for Showcase series 2019

Showcase concerts are arranged, depending on group size, on our larger stages (Keskipohjanmaa Arena, Café Mondo, Club Kallio, Kaustinen Hall) with sound systems and/or on smaller, more intimate and acoustic locations (Folk Musician’s House, Iholla hall) with no sound reinforcement (use of own sound reinforcement also discouraged).

Groups and solo artists chosen for the series will receive special attention in festival marketing (print, online, press conferences during the festival week). If your band is selected as a showcase band, it’s possible to receive professional feedback for your performances during the festival. The festival will invite representatives from other festivals and possibly foreign delegates to view the showcase performances. During the festival, a film crew will record material from the second concert of each showcase performer and the performers will have the right to use parts of these quality live recordings. While showcase performers will not be compensated for their travel costs nor performances, they will be offered dormitory accommodation when needed and a meal on their concert day.

Showcase applications must be submitted during the period 12 Dec 2018 – 15 Jan 2019. Chosen performers will be notified personally during February 2019, at the latest. Three artists or groups will be chosen for the series. Please note, that also folk dance groups can apply!

For additional information about the showcase series, please contact Program director Anne-Mari Hakamäki at anne-mari.hakamaki(at)

Apply to our showcase series using this online form >>>

In case of technical problems, call +358 (0) 40 3582 413.

Showcase series 2018

Väisänen jne.

Väisänen jne. (Photo: Sampo Ukkola)

Maria Reikko & Best Case Scenario Band

Maria Reikko & Best Case Scenario Band. Photo Susanna Lönnrot.

Trio Törn

Trio Törn (Photo: Sona Hellman)