The Gate to Southwell Festival
June 29 @ 2:00 pm - July 2 @ 11:30 pm BST
2023 sees the 16th GTSF take place on the new site first moved to in 2021 – a beautiful parkland lakeside setting in rural Nottinghamshire. There’ll be over 50 roots and acoustic artists on 3 main stages, with on-site camping and all you’d expect from a summer music festival.
Among the headline acts already confirmed there’s The Dog Show Sessions – an unmissable collaboration between British folk music legends Show Of Hands and the Madrid-based Irish-American roots quartet Track Dogs. Both acts have played Southwell before but together they’re sure to become a folk roots supergroup.
Other high calibre artists booked include acclaimed World music stars The Raghu Dixit Project from India, veteran British Rhythm & Blues outfit Nine Below Zero (the big band version featuring Charlie Austin on vocals), the Hoth Brothers bringing bluegrass and Americana from the wilds of New Mexico, old-time & ragtime from Italian duo Max & Veronica, famous West Ireland traditional musicians Gatehouse, alt-country from London duo Morton Valance, top quality slide blues guitar from the Martin Harley Band and Birmingham’s rising progressive folk band, Bonfire Radicals.
As usual there’ll be plenty of great singer-songwriters will be performing at Gate To Southwell including John Smith, who missed the 2022 festival due to Covid but whose ‘Far Too Good’ has been streamed nearly 50 million times on Spotify, and the Californian troubadour Tom Russell who’s been compared to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams or described as “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash” (Americana UK).
With plenty more artists still to be announced, there’ll also be great camping and glamping facilities, excellent family entertainment, dance, spoken word & comedy, pub gigs, workshops, Camp Fire, craft stalls and top quality food and drink.
The festival received great reviews last year including RnR Magazine’s verdict: “excellent cast list…too many good performances to mention. It has become a great favourite and if you haven’t been already, try it.”
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