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Tier 2 ticket prices about to be launched

Feb 28, 2018   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

It’s the end of February, traditionally the time ticket prices increase, and there are only a few Tier 1 tickets still available. Weekend ticket prices will increase by £15 when we move to Tier 2 prices. Click here for more info.

We think this year will be our best ever festival – keep reading to find out why…

Our line up is phenomenal – with a host of major names, including one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists, Gretchen Peters; massively popular veteran Geordies, Lindisfarne; with “one of the world’s most beautiful voices”, Cara Dillon; and heading up Thursday’s blues concert, the UK’s best rhythm ‘n’ blues band Nine Below Zero.

The main supporting acts include: one of our very favourite groups, TheYoung’uns, whose first festival appearance was Southwell in 2009; Danish roots stars Habadekuk;  acclaimed Canadian fiddlers The Fitzgeralds; 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the Year Kris Drever; Louisiana bluesmen The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band; much requested, Scotland’s Blue Rose Code who released a “masterpiece of an album” in 2017;  brilliant Devon guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith; Canadian jazz-meets-klezmer-meets-folk of The Boxcar Boys; Southwell regulars Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; and 2017 BBC Group of the Year The Furrow Collective.

All this, plus the depth of artists supporting, and on our three other main music stages is unsurpassed –  see below for a list of who is playing when. We have just announced a host of new acts, which you can see on our website here –

And there’s more!: 17 dance sides confirmed so far; loads of children’s and family fun, including the popular return of Dan the Hat with a new stunt show including “the ring of fire”, “London Bus Jump” and “Boxing Glove Alley” among others – probably best not to ask!

And even more!  Our ceilidh and dance programme is now on the website. We launched a new dance venue, Hoofers, in 2017, and this year it’ll be better than ever.

Across the weekend it will be led by Banter (Simon Care, Tim Walker and Nina Zella) and featuring a whole raft of dances and workshops.

The programme is being developed, but confirmed so far we have:

Friday – Banter with caller Alex Cumming
Saturday – Tautas Roks with caller Cate Haynes, Urban Folk Theory with caller Tim Walker
Sunday – English Contra Dance Band with caller Bob Morgan

And workshops confirmed so far: Bob and Dace Fisher – Cajun; Tim Walker – Medieval; English Contra Dance Band – Contra.

So make a date – 7th to 10th June 2018. Tickets are available now for the whole weekend or just individual days or evenings.


The line up so far (with more names still to come)


Nine Below Zero, Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band, Johnny Dickinson, Luke Jackson,
Winter Wilson, Ol’ Savannah, Rogue Embers, Keith Donnelly, Banter, Joshua Cook, Josh Okeefe, others TBC.

Lindisfarne, Blue Rose Code, The Destroyers, Dallahan, Luke Jackson Trio, Jeff Warner, Mongoose, The Georgia Shackleton Trio, Johnny Dickinson,
Ol’ Savannah, Banter, Joshua Cook, Alex Cumming & Nicola BeazleyRogue Embers, Keith Donnelly, Josh Okeefe, Benjamin Pike, Ellie Ford, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow, others TBC.
Gretchen Peters, The Young’uns, Habadekuk, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
The Furrow Collective, The Fitzgeralds, Truckstop Honeymoon, Luke Jackson
Trio, Jeff Warner, Rory McLeod, Vikki Clayton, Winter Wilson, Mongoose,
The Georgia Shackleton Trio, Banter, Boxcar Boys, Alex Cumming & Nicola
Beazley, Luke Daniels, Tautas Roks, Joshua Cook, Urban Folk Theory, Keith Donnelly, Benjamin Pike, Josh Okeefe, Rye Sisters, Ellie Ford,
others TBC.

Cara Dillon & Special Guests, John Smith, Kris Drever, Truckstop
Honeymoon, The Fizgeralds, Vikki Clayton, Luke Jackson Trio, Martin Harley,
Outside Track, Jeff Warner, Mongoose, Boxcar Boys, James Keelaghan &
Hugh McMillan, Harbottle & Jonas, Morrissey & Marshall, Seas of Mirth,
Banter, Joshua Cook, English Contra Dance Band, Rogue Embers, Luke
Daniels, Nicola Beazley, Benjamin Pike, Keith Donnelly, Josh Okeefe,
Rye Sisters, Ellie Ford, Don Mescall, others TBC.

Announcing Gretchen Peters

Feb 2, 2018   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

One of America’s most successful singer-songwriters, Gretchen Peters, will be one of the headline acts at this year’s Gate To Southwell Festival in June.

Grammy-nominated and recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gretchen’s songs have been recorded by diverse artists such as Etta James, George Strait, Shania Twain and Neil Diamond, and she’s co-written and duetted with Bryan Adams. Her 2015 UK tour sold out and featured an acclaimed performance at Glastonbury.

Long regarded as one of the best voices in country and roots music, her hit album ‘Blackbirds’ was described as “an Americana tour de force” by The Sun while Uncut magazine hailed her as “one of Nashville’s greatest talents of the past two decades”. Her recent collection, ‘The Essential Gretchen Peters’, features many of her classic songs including ‘Independence Day’, ‘Hello Cruel World’, ‘The Secret Of Life’ and ‘On A Bus To St Cloud’. She’ll be performing in the Southwell Big Top on Saturday June 9th.

Gretchen Peters brings further international class to Gate To Southwell 2018, joining an eclectic musical line up that already includes legendary folk rockers Lindisfarne, great Irish singer Cara Dillon, Denmark’s Habadekuk, Louisiana blues stars the Lil Jimmy Reed Band, award-winning English folk stars The Young’uns, hillbilly Canadians Ol’ Savannah and many more artists.

Another exciting USA newcomer to Southwell in June will be Truckstop Honeymoon, fusing bluegrass, punk rock and soul with music hall jazz and rock & roll. Created by Katie and Mike West, and born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Truckstop Honeymoon took to the road in 2005 after their home and their recording studio were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Since then, they’ve relocated to the Midwest music mecca of Lawrence Kansas but still continue to travel the world with their four kids.

Gate to Southwell Festival