Do you have questions about…

  • The festival’s history & other generalities
  • Stage & technical issues
  • Judging, the closing party, and the prize
  • Tickets, wristbands, passes & guestlist
  • Media & publicity
  • Compensation & application fees


…Read on!



What is Indie Week?

Indie Week is a twice-annual music festival.

  • Indie Week Ireland takes place in Limerick April 23 – 26, 2014
  • Indie Week Canada takes place in Toronto, October 15-19, 2014

Indie Week is a music festival about truly showcasing independent artists in front of industry.

As an artist-friendly festival, each act is listened to in the selection process and chosen on their musical merits. This means the acts aren’t lost in a giant band stew.

It’s about the music, not the competition. It’s about giving the underdog a chance. It’s about networking, learning, and sharing ideas. It’s about getting a leg up in the near impossible landscape of the music business.

Yes there is a competition element during the festival as industry judges pick the top act of the festival which will be awarded a trip to Toronto, Canada Oct 15-19 to headline at Indie Week Canada!!! We pay for up to 5 flights and accommodations for up to 5 band members / band members only.

How long has Indie Week been around?

This is the 11th year for Indie Week Canada and the 6th year for Indie Week Ireland.

Why Ireland?

Irish band Vesta Varro (from Limerick) won Indie Week Canada 2007, and the year after, there was a spike in Irish applicants.

Lo and behold, Indie Week Canada 2008 was won by yet another Irish band also from Limerick – Walter Mitty & The Realists.

We decided that there was something about Ireland and Indie Week Ireland was born!

What’s up with judging and the prize?

Members of the music industry judge artist showcases with a finals and pick the top act of the festival. But it’s not all about winning – we’ve had judges like other acts and also offer to work with them. It’s up to the band to perform and impress to open the door!

Is this a battle of the bands?

Heavens no! Judging is done quietly and discretely. Bands are sent the judging sheets by email after the festival for feedback.

Many attendees, performers and press have raved about the balance that Indie Week has achieved between festival and competition.

The end result is a fantastic showcase of the ‘Best of the Fest’ at the end of the week.

Can anyone apply?

Pretty much - Acts accepted can be signed to an indie label, an indie label distributed by a major but not acts signed directly to a major label.

We accept acts from most genres : acoustic, solo, folk, rock, alternative, hard rock, metal, eclectic, electronic, punk, hardcore, pop, soft rock.

We are looking for the best!

Are you looking to expand to other territories?

Indie Week’s long-term goal is to develop an extensive festival network. If you represent a music festival and want to discuss partnership, email Founder/Director Darryl Hurs at

Will I get signed if I play Indie Week?

It is up to YOU (the artist) to take advantage of the opportunities we offer.

Many acts have made connections and moved on to work with managers, lawyers, producers, agents – all because of their performance at Indie Week. And yes some have been signed.


Is backline provided?

We provide the basis, drums minus breakables, bass rig, guitar amp (1-2 depending on venue). The rest is on the bands to provide.


What is the judging criteria?

Judges score 1-5 on:

  • Songwriting
  • Professionalism
  • Performance
  • Image
  • Crowd reaction
  • Stage presence
  • Ready for the next level (the “it” factor)
  • Three industry judges preside at each showcase.
    • Sometimes we may only have two judges due to unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, sickness, traffic, weather, etc. In any case we do our best to find a replacement judge, but in some cases the result may be two attendant judges.
  • We have had to pull judges when conflicts of interests came to light (the judge realized they have worked with someone in the band, knows someone in the band, is a relative of someone in the band, etc.). We take fairness VERY SERIOUSLY.
  • In the case of a tie, the judges will pow wow and decide mutually who the winner is.
  • There is only one winner.

NOTE : INDIE WEEK takes artist judging very seriously and do our best to ensure a fair and equal process.

Who is judging our showcase?

  • We may or may not release the names of all participating judges on the Indie Week website as many judges want to remain anonymous plus to keep in fairness we try to avoid any participating act to know ahead of time who is judging and have an opportunity to contact a judge prior to the festival.
  • In order to maintain a fair and equal process we will not disclose the judges’ stations prior to the showcases.

What is the prize for winning?

  • Indie Week Ireland 2014 Top Act will get to headline Indie Week Canada Oct 15 – 19, 2014, complete with free flights to Toronto for up to five band members.



Wristbands? What are they for?

  • They allow access to all venues during Indie Week for ONE PRICE!

Where are wristbands + tickets available?

  • Wristbands and tickets can be purchased at the door of participating venues on the night of the show.
  • Advance wristbands and tickets will be available online – more details to come!

When is artist / media / VIP registration?

    WED APRIL 23 @ Dolan’s

How do I collect my performer pass?

  • Performer passes allow access to all Indie Week showcases.
  • Performer passes can be collected at Artist Registration during the Indie Week Launch Party. (Wednesday, May 23 at Dolan’s).
  • If you can’t collect the passes at the Launch Party, it will be available at the door on the night of your performance. Please notify Indie Week staff beforehand.

Can I get an extra pass for my manager?

For sure – especially since we’ll know your manager well after liaising over email leading up to the festival.

Is there guest list?

  • Guest list is for music industry only, so if industry is coming to see you, certainly send along their name and company affiliation!

I have media coming to see me – can I get them on guest list?

Better yet, get them to fill out the Media Accreditation Form and they can get a media pass so they can attend the whole shebang, not just your showcase!


Are there media opportunities?

Artists will be notified.

How do I stand out amidst a sea of bands?

Good question!

INDIE WEEK exists as a festival for artists to make connections, network, and gain exposure.

But you have to do the work – it is up to you to fully participate and take advantage of these opportunities!

Here are promotional ideas that will help you get the most out of your showcase:

  • Promote your set time to your fans
  • Invite industry starting NOW!
  • Invite press starting NOW!
  • Send out press releases
  • Meet people and network
  • Go to other shows during Indie Week – VERY IMPORTANT – you never know who you will see and meet!
  • Leading up to and during Indie Week, hand out flyers that promote your set time
  • Get photo opportunities
  • Make Facebook events
  • Discuss your show over Facebook and Twitter – Make sure everyone knows that you have a show coming up!
  • Create Myspace blogs & bulletins


Be creative in your promotions and get attention for your act! STAND OUT.

Hire a local publicist that knows the local media to gain interviews, reviews and attention!

Compensation + Application Fees

Do I get paid?

Unfortunately no. Revenue goes directly to:

  • Festival operations and promotion
  • Airfare for the winning band.

Is this a Cash Grab?

Hell no! SO much work and dedication goes into the festival and making it a great experience for all participants. It costs a lot to run a festival of this size.

It takes a lot of time to go through each application thoroughly, follow links, websites etc.

The application fee also helps by making sure bands are serious when they apply.

Is my application fee refunded if I’m not selected?

Unfortunately no, the application is non-refundable.

BUT – if you apply and aren;t selected, we would be more than happy to give you full passes to attend and network during the festival.

If not selected is there a stand-by list?

YES! We often select acts and because of some of their touring commitments they are not able to make it so we do select other acts from our stand by list.

We hope to see you at Indie Week!

Here’s a video of Indie Week Ireland winners of 2012 Leading Armies performing in Canada





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