Mid Sussex Music & Ale Festival **Early Bird** Tickets

Mid Sussex Music Hall, Hassocks.

Ticket type Cost (face value)? Quantity
GENERAL ADMISSION £37.80 (£35.00)
Limited early bird ticket. Offer until 30th June. This represents excellent value as two of these acts alone would equate to our early bird price music lovers.

Day splits will follow in a couple of weeks. But our headliner Campbell/ Jensen, Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou and Dylan Earl will appear on the Saturday and Sunday will be a celebration of Sussex based artists and not all Americana/ Country, like the Saturday. More acts to be announced.

Here are the incredible artists we have confirmed for you all thus far. We can honestly say, that each and every one of these have been carefully curated to a boutique festival that is close to our heart.

Ashley Campbell / Campbell / Jensen (USA/ UK)

You have asked and we have delivered. Many of our followers have asked when Campbell/ Jensen are back at the hall. Well the lovely pair and sublime musicians are back at ‘Mid Sussex Music & Ale Festival’. Great to host true friends of Brighthelmstone in the hall for the 3rd time.

Ashley Campbell and Thor Jensen form a unique meeting of musical genres as the duo Campbell/Jensen. With Ashley coming from the world of country and Americana and Thor having a diverse background from rock to gypsy jazz, they create a fresh sound as a duo. Ashley Campbell, daughter of country legend Glen Campbell began her career playing in her father's band on several world tours and has found success as a solo artist in the country music scene; most notably with her debut single "Remembering" which she wrote for her father. Her original music has taken her all over the world, from China to Japan, to the mainstage at London's O2 Arena to opening for Kris Kristofferson and the Bellamy Brothers. She has also been spotlighted for her banjo playing with Rascal Flatts in the music video for their hit single "Banjo".

Thor Jensen, a virtuoso guitarist and songwriter from New York has traveled many different roads. From touring the world with Hazmat Modine, playing Americana with Quiet Life opening for the likes of Dr. Dog, Portugal. The Man and Shovels and Rope, then onto joining the Stephane Wrembel Band, playing the music of Django Reinhardt, performing at Carnegie Hall and all over the world, all the while immersing himself in New York's jazz scene. Ashley and Thor started Campbell/Jensen in late 2021 and have been playing music together ever since. Both being strong instrumentalists in addition to the combination of Thor's deep baritone and Ashley's clear as a bell vocals, together they make a one of a kind blend. Their debut album “Turtle Cottage” is out now!

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou (Hastings - UK)

A very welcome return from hiatus. We are glad to have them back on a first show at our festival. Is it a comeback show? No matter what, we are happy to host them.

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou have released five critically-acclaimed studio albums, on seminal labels such as Loose Music, Big Life and Heavenly, working with producers such as Ethan Johns, Dan Carey, Richard Causon and James Dring. They have toured Tin Tabernacles, Village Halls, by Canal Boat, and with the likes of Tori Amos, Jools Holland, Damon Albarn, Ron Sexsmith, Beth Orton, Loudon Wainwright, The Magic Numbers and more, and played main stages at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Green Man and every stage from The Royal Albert Hall to the Warsaw Congress to the Greek Theatre. 

Dylan Earl (Arkansas - USA)

Another friend of Brighthelmstone and we are mighty thrilled to host this wonderful chap.  His voice is truly something else.

"Among the artists rising up from the fertile twang-fields of Northwest Arkansas, Dylan Earl might just make the music that goes down smoothest...On I Saw the Arkansas, he’s got road-weary ramblers, raucous honky-tonkers, stone-washed Southern soul, and timeless tear-in-my-beer ballads, all done with impressive nuance and attention to detail." - Bandcamp Daily

"I Saw the Arkansas offers more in the way of atmosphere than definitive statements, as Earl establishes a signature sound defined by his remarkable voice and his band’s easy chemistry. Pedal steel guitar and swelling piano rolls combine compellingly with his rich, deep baritone." - Deborah Crooks, Holler Country

"The nine-track release - containing much melancholy - takes a classic country sound and Dylan’s baritone voice, and matches them with modern lyrics and sentiments. As someone who has heard the previous releases, this reviewer had expectations for the new album, which were met - and more. Dylan’s old-school country voice is on point from the first note." - Claire Stones, PNC Magazine

Ags Connolly (Oxford UK)

Our lucky mascot and so good, that he is coming back for the third consecutive year. We don’t repeat performers, but Ags is an exception.

“…Few contemporary singers can move by just the sound of their voice alone. A New Master who sounds like an Old Master.” – Jack Watkins, Country Music People

A traditional country artist from Oxfordshire, England, Ags Connolly is widely considered to be one of the best singer-songwriters in the genre ever to emerge from the UK – but that doesn’t tell the whole story…

Ags’ songs have been recognised and lauded by artists and country music fans in the US, Canada and beyond since his debut album How About Now emerged in 2014. The influential US review site Saving Country Music heralded his arrival on the scene, saying “Ags Connolly deserves to be considered right beside his Stateside counterparts as one of the carriers of the country music holy ghost”.

Three more highly acclaimed albums have followed, each of which emulated his first in being named Album Of The Month by Country Music People magazine – the longest-running country music publication in the world – who have described Ags as “an English Willie Nelson” and “the best singer-songwriter in the country field that this country has ever turned out”. His third album, Wrong Again, was named Album Of The Year at the 2020 UK Country Music Awards.

Ags’ fourth studio album Siempre took the glimmers of Texas border sounds heard on his previous records and merged them with Tejano music and barroom waltzes while also accommodating his honky tonk and singer-songwriter roots. “It’s best described as a Texas music album”, Ags explained. “Texas-style country is my favourite, and it takes many forms. I wanted to celebrate them all.” Siempre was released in June 2023.

A constant presence on the UK, Ireland and European touring and festival circuit – appearing regularly in the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia – Ags has shared stages with country music icons such as Rosanne Cash, Dale Watson and Jim Lauderdale. He has also opened shows for a newer batch of stars, including every date of Charley Crockett‘s major European tour in 2023.

Ags continues to build a reputation as an uncompromising country traditionalist in the UK and beyond. In an era when the pop and rock incarnations of country music are enjoying a surge in popularity, Ags continues to defend the last outpost of the genre’s traditional roots.

Chris Acker (New Orleans - USA)

This is one of those artists, that you will say I saw him here first. We cannot wait to see Chris Acker bring his wonderful observational songs to life live.

“In a genre full of tall tales and marketable lies, Chris Acker crafts candid songs- weaving his wit and his woes into a body of work that exposes the stale plight of the American Songster to the honest, and sometimes hilarious, light of day" - Nick Shoulders

Tapes For Diane (Brighton - UK)

Balancing the dreamy line between dusk and dawn 'Tapes for Diane' spin a sound evocative of sixties sultry noir and cinematic country.
Classic song-writing re-imagined through a contemporary lens of observation.
Raw, unfiltered delivery alongside unforgettable shimmering guitar lines. Captivating, mesmerising and utterly compelling live.

Ian Roland (Hassocks - UK)

Appearing at this year's Mid Sussex Music & Ale Festival as a trio, with Dave Coomber on bass and James Chapman on drums, Ian Roland has supported acts such as Martin Simpson, The Black Feathers, Stick In The Wheel, TV Smith, Robb Johnson, Boo Hewerdine, Robert Vincent, Chris Helme, Joshua Ray Walker and 10cc's Graham Gouldman.
"absolutely superb"  BBC Radio Kent
"captivating, classy and high-quality"  HURSTFolk Festival
"quality roots music" FATEA        

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Saturday 24th August

Ashley Campbell / Campbell / Jensen (USA/ UK)

You have asked and we have delivered. Many of our followers have asked when Campbell/ Jensen are back at the hall. Well the lovely pair and sublime musicians are back at ‘Mid Sussex Music & Ale Festival’. Great to host true friends of Brighthelmstone in the hall for the 3rd time.

Ashley Campbell and Thor Jensen form a unique meeting of musical genres as the duo Campbell/Jensen. With Ashley coming from the world of country and Americana and Thor having a diverse background from rock to gypsy jazz, they create a fresh sound as a duo. Ashley Campbell, daughter of country legend Glen Campbell began her career playing in her father's band on several world tours and has found success as a solo artist in the country music scene; most notably with her debut single "Remembering" which she wrote for her father. Her original music has taken her all over the world, from China to Japan, to the mainstage at London's O2 Arena to opening for Kris Kristofferson and the Bellamy Brothers. She has also been spotlighted for her banjo playing with Rascal Flatts in the music video for their hit single "Banjo".

Thor Jensen, a virtuoso guitarist and songwriter from New York has traveled many different roads. From touring the world with Hazmat Modine, playing Americana with Quiet Life opening for the likes of Dr. Dog, Portugal. The Man and Shovels and Rope, then onto joining the Stephane Wrembel Band, playing the music of Django Reinhardt, performing at Carnegie Hall and all over the world, all the while immersing himself in New York's jazz scene. Ashley and Thor started Campbell/Jensen in late 2021 and have been playing music together ever since. Both being strong instrumentalists in addition to the combination of Thor's deep baritone and Ashley's clear as a bell vocals, together they make a one of a kind blend. Their debut album “Turtle Cottage” is out now!

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou (Hastings - UK)

A very welcome return from hiatus. We are glad to have them back on a first show at our festival. Is it a comeback show? No matter what, we are happy to host them.

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou have released five critically-acclaimed studio albums, on seminal labels such as Loose Music, Big Life and Heavenly, working with producers such as Ethan Johns, Dan Carey, Richard Causon and James Dring. They have toured Tin Tabernacles, Village Halls, by Canal Boat, and with the likes of Tori Amos, Jools Holland, Damon Albarn, Ron Sexsmith, Beth Orton, Loudon Wainwright, The Magic Numbers and more, and played main stages at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Green Man and every stage from The Royal Albert Hall to the Warsaw Congress to the Greek Theatre. 

Dylan Earl (Arkansas - USA)

Another friend of Brighthelmstone and we are mighty thrilled to host this wonderful chap.  His voice is truly something else.

"Among the artists rising up from the fertile twang-fields of Northwest Arkansas, Dylan Earl might just make the music that goes down smoothest...On I Saw the Arkansas, he’s got road-weary ramblers, raucous honky-tonkers, stone-washed Southern soul, and timeless tear-in-my-beer ballads, all done with impressive nuance and attention to detail." - Bandcamp Daily

"I Saw the Arkansas offers more in the way of atmosphere than definitive statements, as Earl establishes a signature sound defined by his remarkable voice and his band’s easy chemistry. Pedal steel guitar and swelling piano rolls combine compellingly with his rich, deep baritone." - Deborah Crooks, Holler Country

"The nine-track release - containing much melancholy - takes a classic country sound and Dylan’s baritone voice, and matches them with modern lyrics and sentiments. As someone who has heard the previous releases, this reviewer had expectations for the new album, which were met - and more. Dylan’s old-school country voice is on point from the first note." - Claire Stones, PNC Magazine

Ags Connolly (Oxford UK)

Our lucky mascot and so good, that he is coming back for the third consecutive year. We don’t repeat performers, but Ags is an exception.

“…Few contemporary singers can move by just the sound of their voice alone. A New Master who sounds like an Old Master.” – Jack Watkins, Country Music People

A traditional country artist from Oxfordshire, England, Ags Connolly is widely considered to be one of the best singer-songwriters in the genre ever to emerge from the UK – but that doesn’t tell the whole story…

Ags’ songs have been recognised and lauded by artists and country music fans in the US, Canada and beyond since his debut album How About Now emerged in 2014. The influential US review site Saving Country Music heralded his arrival on the scene, saying “Ags Connolly deserves to be considered right beside his Stateside counterparts as one of the carriers of the country music holy ghost”.

Three more highly acclaimed albums have followed, each of which emulated his first in being named Album Of The Month by Country Music People magazine – the longest-running country music publication in the world – who have described Ags as “an English Willie Nelson” and “the best singer-songwriter in the country field that this country has ever turned out”. His third album, Wrong Again, was named Album Of The Year at the 2020 UK Country Music Awards.

Ags’ fourth studio album Siempre took the glimmers of Texas border sounds heard on his previous records and merged them with Tejano music and barroom waltzes while also accommodating his honky tonk and singer-songwriter roots. “It’s best described as a Texas music album”, Ags explained. “Texas-style country is my favourite, and it takes many forms. I wanted to celebrate them all.” Siempre was released in June 2023.

A constant presence on the UK, Ireland and European touring and festival circuit – appearing regularly in the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia – Ags has shared stages with country music icons such as Rosanne Cash, Dale Watson and Jim Lauderdale. He has also opened shows for a newer batch of stars, including every date of Charley Crockett‘s major European tour in 2023.

Ags continues to build a reputation as an uncompromising country traditionalist in the UK and beyond. In an era when the pop and rock incarnations of country music are enjoying a surge in popularity, Ags continues to defend the last outpost of the genre’s traditional roots.

Chris Acker (New Orleans - USA)

This is one of those artists, that you will say I saw him here first. We cannot wait to see Chris Acker bring his wonderful observational songs to life live.

“In a genre full of tall tales and marketable lies, Chris Acker crafts candid songs- weaving his wit and his woes into a body of work that exposes the stale plight of the American Songster to the honest, and sometimes hilarious, light of day" - Nick Shoulders

Tapes For Diane (Brighton - UK)

Balancing the dreamy line between dusk and dawn 'Tapes for Diane' spin a sound evocative of sixties sultry noir and cinematic country.
Classic song-writing re-imagined through a contemporary lens of observation.
Raw, unfiltered delivery alongside unforgettable shimmering guitar lines. Captivating, mesmerising and utterly compelling live.

Ian Roland (Hassocks - UK)

Appearing at this year's Mid Sussex Music & Ale Festival as a trio, with Dave Coomber on bass and James Chapman on drums, Ian Roland has supported acts such as Martin Simpson, The Black Feathers, Stick In The Wheel, TV Smith, Robb Johnson, Boo Hewerdine, Robert Vincent, Chris Helme, Joshua Ray Walker and 10cc's Graham Gouldman.
"absolutely superb"  BBC Radio Kent
"captivating, classy and high-quality"  HURSTFolk Festival
"quality roots music" FATEA              

Best Of Sussex Day - 25th August

The Self Help Group (Hassocks - Uk)


Out local lucky charms. Hassocks very own Self Help Group are back to charm you all, with unique and captivating songs.

"Absolutely Wonderful" Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

"Glistening, melodic song infused with wood bark and traditional lore" Drunken Werewolf

The Equatorial Group (Eastbourne - Uk)

It’s long over due that we host this exceptional band.

Hailing from Eastbourne on England's Sussex coast, The Equatorial Group is formed of five old friends from very differing musical backgrounds. This musical tug-of-war has succeeded in "merging American roots music with timeless pop." ( De Krenten uit de Pop.) 

In the Equatorial Group, some listeners hear the shadows of Neil Young or the colours of Fleetwood Mac, and with five part harmonies, pedal steel guitar, and soaring improvisations they create "delicate soundscapes delivered with restrained panache." (Lonesome Highway)

Described as "among the tastemakers within British and American roots-pop" the live experience of this much loved local band continues to be a popular draw.

Ben Feathersone (Hassocks - UK)
Local musician and radio presenter Ben Featherstone is thrilled to announce an album preview of "Tomorrow's Heart" along with some of his well-known songs at the Mid Sussex Americana & Ale Festival. Featherstone collaborates with some of the world's finest string players and will be joined on stage by musicians who have performed with some iconic acts. 

Audiences can expect heartfelt lyrics, insane stories behind songs, a strong stage presence and a unique fingerstyle guitar playing. In the past, he has shared the bill with renowned artists such as The Libertines and Guy Garvey. Featherstone frequently masters his compositions at Abbey Road.

This performance is particularly special as Featherstone rarely plays live with string players especially those that are usually reserved for the Albert Hall, making it an event not to be missed 4pm on 25th August.