Gate To Southwell Festival set to return this month

Celtic punkers Black Water County (Picture: Marianne Harris)

Submitted by Len Brown

One of the East Midlands’ top music and family events will be returning for its 15th year.

The 15th Gate To Southwell Festival will start next Thursday, July 14 and will run until Sunday, July 17. There’ll be more than 50 international roots, acoustic and folk acts across four stages plus ceilidhs, dance sides, comedy, street theatre, poetry, music workshops and top class children’s entertainment running.

There’ll also be a beer and cider festival, great food stalls and a craft fair all set to entertain festivalgoers.

The annual festival is expected to attract over 5000 tourists to Southwell bringing a much-needed boost to the market town’s economy and the festival site will set in Kirklington not far from Southwell.

In the town there’ll also be events including the annual colorful Gate To Southwell procession of dancers from across the East Midlands on the morning of Saturday, July 16.

The festival site is off the A617, between Newark and Mansfield, linking the A1 to the M1 (postcode NG22 8NX). A subsidized shuttle bus will run throughout the festival, linking the site to the center of Southwell.

Canadian folk stars Le Vent Du Nord, Stornaway’s finest export Peat & Diesel, Irish traditional music legends Dervish, top bluesman Ian Siegal and Australia’s Spooky Men’s Chorale are among the headliners this year.

Award-winning female vocalist, Manchester’s Kyla Brox (Picture: Phil Melia)

They’ll be joined by top quality performers such as rising star Kathryn Priddy, highly rated singer and guitarist John Smith from Devon, American banjo and bass combo Truckstop Honeymoon, folk rockers Merry Hell and Celtic punkers Black Water County, footstompin’ fiddlers Noble Jacks , singer-songwriters Chris While & Julie Matthews, acclaimed ceilidh band Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Birmingham’s Filkin’s Ensemble and more up and coming and established roots artists from the UK, Europe and the USA.

Other acts set to perform include multi-award-winning Ian Siegal, the Daniel Smith Blues Band, award-winning female vocalist, Manchester’s Kyla Brox and many more.

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