Thank you for your interest in performing at the Great American Irish Festival!

If you are an artist or have a band that would like to play at the 2020 Great American Irish Festival, please submit a press kit, music sample and the GAIF Band Submission form to, or mail the band/artist materials to:

Great American Irish Festival Entertainment Committee
c/o Irish Cultural Center of Utica, 623 Columbia St, Utica, NY 13502

All submissions for consideration for the 2020 Great American Irish Festival must be postmarked by January 17, 2020.  Any submissions received after that date will not be eligible for consideration for the 2020 festival.  Submissions must be accompanied by the 2020 Band Submission Form.

If you send us materials or an EPK, we will acknowledge receipt of these, generally through an email confirmation, but we will not be able to return them. We start booking in September for the following year’s festival and try to complete our booking process by mid- January. If you have not heard from us by then, you can assume that we are not able to include you in our line-up.

Please understand that Great American Irish Festival receives many, many applications each year to perform at the festival. We book between 30-35 bands on average. We rarely book main stage acts that we are not familiar with or have not seen at concerts, other festivals, showcases and conferences, but there is always a chance that an unsolicited application will result in a booking. It is a privilege to work with so many talented artists, but a shame that we have to pass on so many others. We also have a practice of rotating a portion of our bands in and out from year to year in order to make room for new talent for our attendees, so if you don’t make the cut this year, keep trying.


Thank you – The Great American Irish Festival