Saturday, 28th July, Agincourt Square

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We know that there are 100s of musicians who miss out on playing the Festival so we've given the Busking Festival a make-over and it has become MONMOUTH FESTIVAL UNPLUGGED.

Monmouth Festival Unplugged will give performers the opportunity to win a wild card slot to play the main stage during the Family Fun Day on Sunday, 29th July.

It will run very much on the same lines as previous busking festivals:

  • Register between 9:30 and 10:30am on Saturday, 28th July in Agincourt Square for a 20 min 'unplugged' slot on the live stage. It doesn't matter whether  you're a solo act, duo or full band. Please arrive early as there will only be 17 performance slots up for grabs on the day.
  • Slots will run from 10:30am until 5:00pm.  
  • A panel of festival committee judges will review all performances and then select 5 or 6 acts to perform on the festival stage between 3pm and 6pm on Sunday 29th July. 
  • All stage performance will need to be unplugged - no guitar amps, no full drum kits. This is about the unplugged performance grabbing the judges’ attention.  If chosen, performers will be able to play their usual set on Main Stage the following day.  A full PA will be provided for vocals and direct input of instruments.

Busking around the town during the day is still both welcomed and encouraged but please adhere to the guidance contained in the Monmouthshire County Council Busking Code – available to view at

Monmouth Festival Unplugged is run in collaboration with Nick Penny Event Services . We are very grateful to Nick for not only running this event but sponsoring it too.  For more information please contact Nick Penny at or on 07801 650977.



Cerys Watts

Situated in the beautiful historic Welsh border town Monmouth Festival is a nine day festival offering the unique atmosphere of yesteryear festivals in the here and now. Organised by a committee of unpaid hardworking passionate volunteers for the people of Monmouth town and the surrounding areas, but attracting visitors from all over the world, it is proud to be considered one of the largest and best free volunteer organised festivals in Europe