Merlefest Flyaway Contest 2018


Win the ultimate Bluegrass experience in North Carolina

Visit North Carolina in conjunction with Yep Roc Records are offering you the chance to win a North Carolina Bluegrass holiday of a life time! You and a guest will fly round trip from the UK to Raleigh, North Carolina. You’ll also get a pair of 4-day VIP passes to North Carolina’s Signature Music Festival, MerleFest + 2 Midnight Jam tickets!

Yep Roc artists Mandolin Orange and Jim Lauderdale will be performing throughout the weekend along with Kris Kristofferson, Buddy Miller, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, Rhiannon Giddens and more! Experience a weekend filled with music and see North Carolina’s own Rhiannon Giddens play live. Car Hire will be provided from Raleigh, NC to Wilkesboro, NC - where the festival is held, plus a four-night stay at the local Holiday Inn Express. And if that’s not enough, the Cambridge Folk Festival is also offering you two tickets for this year’s festival at Cherry Hinton Hall in August where Rhiannon Giddens will be the guest curator. Yep Roc will also throw in a prize pack featuring music from Mandolin Orange, Jim Lauderdale and Doc Watson. MerleFest is located just 20 minutes from Doc Watson’s hometown of Deep Gap, NC. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for this incredible experience!

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About North Carolina

North Carolina warmly invites you in, captivates your imagination and makes it nearly impossible to leave. From the highest mountains in the eastern United States, to 300 miles of pristine coastline, to quaint small towns and vibrant city life, you’ll be surrounded by a whole new level of beauty.


Each note shapes North Carolina’s rich and vibrant musical history. Doc Watson, John Coltrane, James Taylor, Thelonious Monk, Randy Travis and The Avett Brothers are among legendary North Carolina music alumni. Traditional music – from bluegrass to century-old ballads – still resounds along the Blue Ridge Music Trails. Talent old and new is always on display at concerts, festivals and small venues throughout the state where you can hear our heritage first hand.

Pirate Tales

Today you can retrace Blackbeard’s footsteps all along our coast and also browse treasures from his sunken ship Queen Anne’s Revenge at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. But Blackbeard wasn’t the only pirate drawn to our shores. “Calico” Jack Rackham, Charles Vane and Stede Bonnet are other famous characters in our pirate history.


A State that takes its BBQ and beer very seriously. Whether it’s April or October; the state is one of the best for craft brewing with unique and exceptional flavours that draw on the rich agricultural heritage. Craft breweries flourish across North Carolina and have tripled since 2010. The number of breweries currently standing at more than 180 one of the highest counts per State in the USA.
Barbecue is an important part of the heritage and history of the U.S. state of North Carolina. It has resulted in a series of bills and laws that relate to the subject, and at times has been a politically charged subject. In part, this is due to the existence of two distinct types of barbecue that have developed over the last few hundred years.

For more information on North Carolina visit: Visit North Carolina

About MerleFest

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, serves as an annual homecoming for musicians and music fans. Held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson.  

MerleFest is a celebration of ‘traditional plus’ music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts numerous artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event

About Yep Roc

Yep Roc Records believes in the vision of each of our Artists. We strive to serve each project based on its unique characteristics. Through strong promotional and marketing efforts, our goal is to reach as large an audience as possible with each new release. Yep Roc was founded in 1997 by Tor Hansen and Glenn Dicker, and is exclusively distributed through Redeye Distribution.

About Cambridge Folk Festival

And if that’s not enough, the legendary Cambridge Folk Festival is also offering you two full weekend tickets for this year’s festival at Cherry Hinton Hall in August where Rhiannon Giddens will be the guest curator. The festival is one of the longest running and most loved folk festivals in the world and one of Europe’s premier music events. Running since 1965, the festival is renowned for its unique atmosphere and its eclectic mix of music; the best traditional folk artists from around the world rub shoulders with cutting-edge contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer songwriters, famous names and world music stars.

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For more information please contact,
Visit North Carolina
32 Scotts Road, Bromley
Kent BR1 3QD


Terms & Conditions

The competition is open to UK and Ireland residents only. The prize is for one winner and guest to visit North Carolina for 5 nights, the first night will be spent in Raleigh before heading to Waynesville where the winner will stay at the Holiday Inn Express. Flights will be in economy from the UK to Raleigh Durham. Flight will depart the UK on 25th April 2018 and will depart Raleigh Durham on 30th April 2018, arriving in the UK on 1st May 2018. Car hire for the transportation between Raleigh and Wilkesboro will be provided along with 2 VIP 4 day passes to MerleFest, 2 Midnight Jam Tickets, a Yep Roc Prize Pack and 2 tickets to the Cambridge Folk Festival in the UK. 

Cambridge folk Festival prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or applied retrospectively. Please note that these tickets allow entry to the festival only. Terms and conditions apply. 

The prize winner and guest must be 21 years and over and the winner and guest must have a valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity after their date of entry to the USA. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and there is no cash alternative. Prize winner must travel with their guest on the same flight. The prize is valid only for the above travel dates. Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred.

It is the prize winner’s responsibility to ensure that they and their guest have a valid visa to visit the USA. It is the prize-winners responsibility to ensure they have travel insurance cover prior to beginning their journey. It is the prize winner’s responsibility to ensure that they and their guest have the relevant health documents required by the USA. It is the prize winner’s responsibility to ensure that they and /or their guest hold a full valid driving licence and travel with the correct documentation to be able to drive a rental vehicle in USA. The minimum age for driving a rental vehicle in the USA is 25.  Fuel for the car hire will be reimbursed upon production of the receipts

Competition closes: Midnight GMT on 03 April 2018. 

The winner will be drawn at random from all the complete entries. Prize winners must be prepared to take part in post-competition publicity. The competition is not open to employees or contractors of any of the parties involved in supplying the prize and or any person directly or indirectly involved in the organisation or running of the competition or their direct family members. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition. This agreement is covered by the laws of England and Wales.