Although Lichfield Arts have had to cancel this year’s L2F festival, due to COVID 19, they are currently running an exciting songwriting challenge, that is open to both professional and hobby songwriters.

"The L2F songwriting competition has proven to be very popular, with many entries, and judges of the calibre of Julie Felix, Blair Dunlop and Anthony John Clarke having the difficult task of deciding the winner.

Although L2F 2020 is no longer running the festival’s passion for encouraging and introducing new music remains. We may not be able to showcase new talent this year with the offer of a live performance. Still, we want to continue to provide an opportunity for both established and budding songwriters to bring a new composition to L2F Lichfield Festival of Folk followers and the wider world. So we are throwing open a challenge to songwriters.

Given the unprecedented events that have had such an impact on the music business during 2020, we are seeking songs that explore aspects of the theme of ‘Lockdown to Freedom’ or LtoF. L2F, the festival wants your LtoF creations, and we invite you to explore and interpret that theme in its broadest sense. Our challenge to you is to write something that we can share with a wider audience. We want to hear your interpretation of our chosen theme.

We were hoping you could write a song, record it yourself (or get another performer to record it for you) and put it on any of the established music-sharing platforms. Be part of L2F for this year by sending us a link to your work. Remember that L2F is a folk festival – but folk is a broad church. So as long as the song is your own work and fits the general theme of LtoF, we will promote and share your link on the L2F website and social media accounts, and elsewhere on Lichfield Arts platforms.

An L2F Spokesman said ‘We’re looking forward to receiving your entries and sharing your work with a wide audience, so get your creative hats on and let us hear what you’ve come up with.’"

The Songwriting Competition in its traditional format will be back for L2F Lichfield Festival of Folk 2021, which will run from the 22 - 24 October. For further details visit

Please email any queries about the songwriting challenge to