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The Gate to Southwell Festival 2018

Southwell Racecourse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0TS
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The Gate to Southwell Festival 2018


Gate to Southwell Festival
Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th June 2018

​​​​​There’s a perfect blend of rising stars, festival favourites and music legends lined up for Gate To Southwell 2018.

Already booked for the East Midlands’ premier roots and acoustic event are hugely-successful veteran Geordies Lindisfarne, Grammy nominated coutry singer Gretchen Peters, award-winning folkies The Young’uns, one of Ireland’s greatest singers Cara Dillon performing with special guests, Danish roots stars Habadekuk, brilliant Devon guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith, acclaimed Canadian fiddlers The Fitzgeralds and 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the Year Kris Drever.  There’ll also be a special Blues Night featuring Britain’s number one R&B band Nine Below Zero, Louisiana bluesmen The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band and the UK’s best slide guitarist Johnny Dickinson.  

Also joining the eclectic, international bill there’s Scotland’s Blue Rose Code, the Canadian jazz-meets-klezmer-meets-folk of The Boxcar Boys, acclaimed Southwell regulars Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, 2017 BBC Group of the Year The Furrow Collective, the megafolk of Birmingham’s The Destroyers, much-loved global troubadour Rory McLeod, highly-rated harmonious Celts Mongoose and award-winning songstress Vikki Clayton.

Adding to this fine mix there are also some very talented Midlands acts including the megafolk of Birmingham’s Destroyers, the stunning harmonies of Lincolnshire’s Winter Wilson, the country blues of Derbyshire’s Rogue Embers, the bluegrass Americana of North Lincolnshire’s The Life And Times Of The Brothers Hogg – one of last year’s highlights – plus the fantastic folk-country of the highly-rated Rye Sisters also from Lincolnshire. Throw into this regional music stew the extraordinary land-locked pirate prog-rock-meets-world-music of Nottingham’s Seas Of Mirth and clearly there’s something for the most eclectic and eccentric of tastes.  

Plus, with more names still to be announced, there’s the East Anglian Americana of The Shackleton Trio, Derbyshire’s Rogue Embers and promising folk duo Harbottle & Jonas, who’ll all add to the party atmosphere at this most family-friendly of festivals, which also features music workshops, ceilidhs, dance displays, children’s entertainment, a craft fair plus great food and drink stalls.

Tickets are still availble for the four-day event in beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside. To buy tickets and find out much more about all the artists who’ve been booked so far, visit the Gate To Southwell 2018 website


Guide Prices


Weekend Extra (Thu-Sun) - £125
Weekend (Fri-Sun) - £110
Camping - £20
Caravan/Motorhome (per vehicle) - £5

Day/Evening Tickets :
Thursday - £22
Friday - £32
Saturday or Sunday - £42
Friday evening - £26
Saturday evening - £27
Sunday evening - £26

Ages 12 to 17 years get discounted prices, and further savings are available with a FAMILY ticket for up to two Adults and two Youths. Under 12s are FREE. N.b Youth tickets are only available when an adult or family ticket is purchased.

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