A day of free events to celebrate the universal language of music!
We had over 19 events across the length and breadth of the UK for #MusicDay2016.
We want to thank everyone who contributed towards the day – especially our Hosts but also all of the musicians, technicians and the audience who came out to support this growing movement here in the UK!
Head on over to our Gallery page where we have a selection of photos and videos.
Even though the dust has barely settled over this year's event our steering group, Music Day UK, will soon turn our attention to the 2017 event!
We believe that international Music Day is something truly worth celebrating, with the annual event spreading its wings across the globe.
Next year the event will be on Wednesday 21 June 2017. The shift away from a weekend means we can continue to focus on smaller street gigs, schools, amateur music groups and independent venues. The Events Map and Listings will be reset soon and you can get involved at any time.
International Music Day relies on people to take the initiative and organise their own events. As we are still in a formative stage here in the UK we have a truly grassroots movement and every year we are looking for organisers, venues or promoters to host their own Music Day event. Check out the Get Involved section for inspiration.
Music Day would be nothing without music and although all events that are part of Music Day are free it’s a great opportunity for musicians of all ages, amateur or professional, and there will be plenty of places for you to play – start geeing up your local promoters and check back for details of venues and spaces that are available!
Music Day is a connected set of free public events which takes place each year on the 21st June, our midsummer. Each year there are events in over 120 countries and 700 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 and the number of events taking place has been growing year on year, regardless of what day of the week the date falls on.
We want 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 worldwide phenomenon known as Music Day – it's simply the best way to celebrate the longest day of the year!
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.