First Love Stage

Small festivals are a fantastic opportunity for new & emerging talent to get seen and heard by new fans. That’s why we invite the right honourable U & I Radio to champion up-and-coming musicians at the First Love Stage each year.

Enter enchanting wooden tent and discover a wealth of incredible musicians, some playing their first ever festival.

First Love Stage 2023

  • Tom Auton & Bottlebreakers
  • Banshi
  • Jack Ellis & Band
  • Mojo JNR
  • Swyn
  • True Foxes
  • Fathom
  • Ecklectic Mick
  • Tomos Lewis
  • Blue Evolution
  • Scruffy Monkey
  • DJ Mr Mase
  • Loafus
  • Vella
  • Zed Regal
  • Kaysha Louvain
  • Bryony Sier
  • AKA Mr B
  • Ennio Maccaroni
  • Dave Morris
  • To Bear Sir
  • Abbie Jebbers
  • Alex Davies
  • Daisymae Music
  • Dan Holland
  • Jess Marie
  • The Reggiments
  • Saachi Sen

We’ll update this page with all the latest updates and information from the First Love Stage:

  • Photos and videos.
  • Blogs featuring the First Love Stage and its artists.
  • Guest content from musicians, crew and more.
  • Music from First Love Stage.
  • Reviews, stories and… your words?


The First Love Stage is curated by the wonderful Big Scott of U & I Radio, and lives in a unique wooden tea house owned by The Magic Teapot.

U & I Radio is a really great radio station for emerging artists looking to share their music, far and wide. Their ethos is “U & I Radio is the home for Emerging & Independent artists, where Discovery is Listening.”

Highlights from 2022

Checkout some of the acts we featured on the First Love stage with this video playlist from U & I Radio, with 21 sets including Wolfe Hogan, The Vegas Nerve, Katielou, Curious Orange, Dan’s People, Oxbowlake and Jemma Kryza.

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Photos from First Love Stage

Blogs & articles

We’ve included articles on the importance of small and independent festivals in showcasing emerging talent here – we hope you find them interesting. This is more important now than ever before; we must nurture the up-and-coming musicians of our fair nation. Thanks for listening!

If you’re got any articles you think we should see or are keen to contribute here, email us – we’d love to hear from you.

Music links

We will be adding more about First Love Stage here each week, so keep an eye on this page or – better still – sign up to Love Letters for the full scoop!

Explore more of Big Love Festival via our new blogs:

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Ten days left to play in 2024

Tier 1 tickets sold out in record time!