A day of free events to celebrate the universal language of music!
Last year was a great success and this year will be even better. Check out the Events Map or Listings to find something happening near you. What better way is there to celebrate the longest day of the year?
Music Day would be nothing without music! It’s a great opportunity for musicians of all ages, amateur or professional, and there will be plenty of places for you to play – so register your interest and find a gig.
Music Day is a connected set of free and public music events which takes place each year on the 21st June, our midsummer. Last year there were events in 108 countries and 726 cities around the world, not including France where there were too many events to count!
The event is also known as Fête de la Musique (www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr) (or World Music Day) and originated in France in 1982. Since then the idea has spread across the globe with each event holding to the same simple set of principles: that the day is held on the mid-summer solstice and that all concerts and events are free and accessible to the public.
Typically this means that the music is brought out onto the streets, though venues are also encouraged to get in on the act!
2013 was the first year that the UK made a co-ordinated contribution towards Music Day, with around 20 events stretching from Belfast to Jersey. We believe that this number will grow exponentially in 2014-2015 as both dates fall on a weekend.
We are asking everyone to think about how they can participate in a UK contribution to Music Day — whether that be performing, organising an event, convincing a venue to take their music outside or lending your time, equipment and support.
Of course you can also just turn up and join in the celebrations! To get this event taking hold in the UK we need people to spread the word. Please join our mailing list, follow us on social media, or send our press release out to your own networks, friends and colleagues. The UK can then truly embrace the amazing phenomenon known as Music Day!
To get involved sign up below as a venue/host/organiser to list your event and mark it on the map. Alternatively you can register as an artist/band/performer and try to find yourself a gig. If you need some ideas for Music Day events then head on over to our Inspiration Page.