About The Festival
Welcome to the Midland’s premier acoustic, roots and dance festival, situated near the picturesque market town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire.
Since our first year in 2007 we have been growing and evolving into a truly unique event, described by R2 magazine as an “excellent festival” and winner of a prestigious Fatea Festival of the Year Award in 2013. Come and discover what makes Southwell “The Biggest Little Festival in Britain”.
“Without doubt, it’s been a fantastic few days in Southwell in early June 2015. But it’ll be a really hard act to follow in 2016! Can’t wait…” Nottingham Post
We bring you the most eclectic range of artists you will hope to find at any roots music event.
In 2015 there were fifty+ artists at the festival including protest-troubadour Billy Bragg – and Irish folk rockers Clannad’s only UK festival of the summer. Fantastic Spanish folk fusion band BOC, Australia’s Cloudstreet, and Scotland’s liveliest band Manran joined the line up with We Banjo 3 and Chris Wood & Andy Cutting and many many more. See the “Artists” page for more.
Southwell is arguably the prettiest town in Nottinghamshire. The stunning Southwell Minster is a splendid cathedral with one of the finest Norman naves in Europe. The Minster hosts music from the festival on Friday afternoon.
While you are at the festival, it is well worth spending time wandering the independent shops and pubs which help make the town so special, and which come alive with dancing and other events while the festival is on.