One of the Midlands’ leading music festivals is offering folk stars of the future a platform on which to showcase their talents and reach new audiences.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has opened applications for its Launchpad stage, providing young musicians with the chance to gain experience playing at a major music event.

The festival is looking for bands, duos or solo musicians aged 16 to 26 who live in Shropshire, Mid Wales or the West Midlands to pitch for one of the slots on the Launchpad stage, which is once again being sponsored by Midlands What’s On magazine.

Successful applicants will perform at least three 30-minute sets during this year’s festival (at the West Mid Showground, 28 - 31 August). To apply, send a short biography, links to performances (Soundcloud, YouTube etc) and your contact details to before 8 May.

Only selected performers will be contacted.