Fringe Program

De Grote Rotterdam Bluegrass Talentenwedstrijd

De Grote Rotterdam Bluegrass Talentenwedstrijd

Could you be the next Billy Strings or Molly Tuttle? Are you eager to showcase your musical skills to the world and dazzle the audience with your talent?

Sign up for the Great Rotterdam Bluegrass Talent Contest & stand a chance to earn a spot in the lineup of the Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival 2024.


De Doelen (studio) Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam


You participate in one preliminary round; Please indicate a preferred date when registering.

  • preliminary round 1: Sunday, June 16, 2024 (13:00-17:00 followed by Bluegrass JAM!)
  • preliminary round 2: Sunday, June 23, 2024 (13:00-17:00 followed by Bluegrass JAM!)
  • Grand Finale: Friday afternoon, June 28, 2024 during the RBF.

What can you win?

  • A spot in the festival lineup, performing at the Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival on Friday afternoon.
  • A day of studio recording at the legendary Bunt bluegrass studio in Utrecht.
  • A day of participation in the Rotterdam Bluegrass Camp on Thursday, June 27, 2024.

Who is it for?

For aspiring bluegrass, old-time, and Americana musicians, whether you're a soloist or coming with your whole band. While our preference is bluegrass, we're open to exploring blues or other related musical styles of bluegrass. You'll be judged by a professional jury to be announced.

How to Register?

You can register by sending an email to: with the subject line "Great Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival Talent Contest". Please include your band or artist name, the number of band members, and contact information.

Terms of Participation:

  • Participation is free of charge. 
  • You must be available on all dates (preliminary rounds, finale, and festival performance).
  • Performances are acoustic.
  • No backline will be provided, but a microphone will be available.