Given the current situation around the world, we have decided for everyone’s safety not to hold Ethno England in June 2020. We’re really sorry to have to share this news. We didn’t make this decision lightly as we had made a lot of preparations, and it was set to be better than ever this summer! 

We are thinking carefully and creatively about how we can still create a magical community experience with world music this summer, and keeping our plans in store for a glorious gathering when we can again.

If you would like to be contacted when we reopen applications for the next gathering, register your interest using this form:

Info for musicians

Who can apply to Ethno England?

Ethno England is for anyone aged 18-30 who plays or sings and is interested in traditional music. You do not have to be a professional musician – you just need to want to play and sing for 10 days straight!

2020 Dates

Friday 19th June – Afternoon arrival in Oxford
Saturday 20th – Thursday 25th June – Workshops, rehearsals, jamming…
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June – Performances and workshops around Oxfordshire
Monday 29th June – Departures from Oxford


Tandem Collective has sustainbility at the heart of every project we run. We are aware that travel to our projects (particularly Ethno) is the largest contributor to our carbon emissions as an organisation, and so we encourage you to travel in the most sustainable way available to you.

We’re offering travel discounts to encourage you to think about the environment when travelling to our Ethno gathering, and to compensate for the usually higher cost of these options. If you avoid air travel and come by train, bus, or car-share, you’ll get 10% off your Ethno fee. If you cycle, you’ll get 35% off! We’ll reimburse you the discount on your arrival when we’ve seen proof of your transport. 

Websites with useful info on non-air travel:


If you cannot travel over land but want to reduce your net impact, we recommend a donation to the following charities (or another charity you respect who are working towards carbon capture and biodiversity protection) rather than directly offsetting through your airline:

There are helpful carbon calculators online to work out the impact of your journey:
atmosfair carbon calculator
ecopassenger carbon calculator

Climate Focus’s travel policy calculates a comprehensive Climate Cost surcharge for flights to help you decide how much to donate to offset your travel.


This year, Ethno England moves to a new site. Sadly there will be no Tandem Festival this year, while the festival finds a new home, so in the meantime Ethno will take place at Braziers Park, an amazing community in the Oxfordshire countryside. This means we’ll be inside (no camping this year!) in shared rooms. At the end of the week we’ll spend a few nights in a hostel in Oxford city centre.


We want to be as welcoming as we can to musicians of all walks of life. If there is a barrier for you to attend, get in touch and talk to us about what we can do to help take that barrier away.