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Dylan 75th Birthday Tribute Concert

May 24, 2016   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

 

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Bob Dylan has just celebrated his 75th birthday (May 24th 2016) and, fashionably late, there’ll be a special tribute concert at the upcoming 10th Gate To Southwell Festival on Saturday June 11th.

Backed by a fantastic festival band, led by Jim Moray of False Lights, there’ll be special guest performances of Dylan classics by Steve Knightley, Jackie Oates, The Henry Girls, Canada’s Meaghan Blanchard, California’s Ooks Of Hazzard plus Mick Ryan & Paul Downes and Pete Morton.

The festival, at Southwell racecourse in Nottinghamshire, kicks off on Thursday June 9th with a special firework party, Irish folk headliners Kila and False Lights on the main stage, plus the launch of the Arts Council-backed alternative stage featuring Glasgow’s James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band, Nottingham’s Same Streets and Latin stars Alejandro Toledo’s Full Attack Band.

On Friday night (10th) Appalachian hillbilly rockers Hayseed Dixie headline a great evening of international music. As well as the Dylan Tribute, Saturday also sees the return of festival favourites Show Of Hands plus diverse acclaimed and award-winning acts such as Vishten from Canada, Mawkin, The Teacups, rising Cornish stars Flats & Sharps and the Jackie Oates Trio. Sunday (12th) will be headlined by the wonderful Eddi Reader with support from the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Moulettes, The Jeremiahs, BBC Folk award winners Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys and much more.

There’s also a Southwell Slam poetry competition on the Sunday afternoon to find the Festival Bard for 2016. Budding writers, poets and performers should email Southwellslam@gmail.com to enter.

With five different music stages, great family entertainment, a fine mix of food and drink tents, a craft fair, a beer and cider festival plus pub sessions in town, the 10th Gate To Southwell is guaranteed to be an un-missable long Midlands weekend.

Visit the Gate To Southwell website for more details on festival events – www.gtsf.uk. Or book tickets via http://bit.ly/1TTMFlA

GATE TO SOUTHWELL 10th FESTIVAL FIREWORK PARTY PLUS NOTTINGHAM POP-UP GIG

May 12, 2016   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

There’ll be an explosive start to the Gate To Southwell festival on Thursday June 9th. To celebrate the tenth birthday of the Midlands’ premier acoustic and roots event, there’s an evening of great music plus a firework display at the site near Southwell Racecourse. The fireworks, and free buses between Southwell and the festival site, have been sponsored by Gusto Homes/Becher’s Court, the new development on Southwell’s Burgage.

The opening night party features one of Ireland’s greatest traditional folk acts Kila headlining alongside Jim Moray and Sam Carter’s new band False Lights. Plus there’s the festival’s new “alternative stage” featuring diverse acts such as the Latin passion of Alejandro Toledo’s Full Attack Band, multi-instrumental harmonious four-piece The BeauBowBelles from London, Nottingham’s highly-rated rising indie sons Same Streets, and Glaswegian alt-country stars James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band.

“It promises to be a great start to the 10th birthday weekend,” says festival director Mike Kirrage. “We’ve come a long way since the first festival with less than 500 people attending. This year we’re expecting around 4000 visitors to Southwell over the four days and we’re increasingly attracting great artists from all over the world.”

Following Kila on Thursday, the festival continues with American hillbilly stars Hayseed Dixie headlining on Friday (10th) and English folk roots favourites Show of Hands making a welcome return on Saturday evening (11th). Scotland’s Eddi Reader will bring the tenth celebrations to an emotional and entertaining close on Sunday night (12th).

“We’re extremely grateful for the help we receive to make the festival run smoothly and be successful,” says Mike Kirrage. “There’s a lot of hard work behind the scenes from our committee, stewards and many other volunteers and we really value the support we get from the people and businesses of Southwell and the surrounding region. Long may it continue.”

With five different music stages, great family entertainment, plus the usual fine mix of food and drink tents, a craft fair, a beer and cider festival plus pub sessions in town, the 10th Gate To Southwell (June 9th-12th) is guaranteed to be an unmissable Midlands event.

*To help promote the 10th festival there’s an advance pop-up gig in Nottingham this Saturday night (May 14th) featuring the highly-entertaining Penny Black Remedy with support from Cheshire & The Cat. The venue is Spanky Van Dyke’s at 17 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5JT. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Venue contact: 0115 924 3730.

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