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STARS ALIGN AT SOUTHWELL IN JUNE

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young are among the headline names at this summer's Gate To Southwell Festival in Nottinghamshire (June 6th to 9th).

Joining an eclectic international line-up that already includes Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Skipinnish, Nancy Kerr, Blue Rose Code, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys and many more brilliant folk roots and acoustic music artists, Paul Young - one of the UK's best-loved vocalists ('Wherever I Lay My Hat', 'Love Of The Common People', 'Every Time You Go Away') - has been the charismatic front-man of the highly-entertaining Tex-Mex show band Los Pacaminos since 1993.

Steve Harley, famous for worldwide hits such as 'Judy Teen', 'Mr Soft', 'Sebastian' and 'Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)', has been producing great albums for over 40 years. Both play Southwell for the first time.

This year's festival kicks off with a wildly western theme on Thursday June 6th.

A host of top Americana acts will get the party started at Southwell Racecourse.

Topping the bill will be Los Pacaminos and supporting them, tall in the saddle, there'll be the award-winning young Californian bluegrass band Blue Summit, featuring acclaimed female vocalist AJ Lee and guitarist Sullivan Tuttle, plus last year's festival favourites, Truckstop Honeymoon from New Orleans.

Also returning will be rootsy rock & roll Californian Joshua Cook.

Building on this theme, Gate To Southwell will also be marking the 50th anniversary of the famous Woodstock Festival of Summer 1969; a specially created 'house' band plus guests will perform iconic songs from the ground-breaking 'peace love and music' festival.

Plus there's Sunjay Brayne's Tribute To Buddy Holly and a special Continental celebration featuring diverse European acts such as Mallorca's brilliant BOC, Spanish Basque folk dance band Korrontzi, Austria's acclaimed Hotel Palindrome, the beautiful Dutch harmonies of SYA (Suddenly Years Align) and French-born favourite Flossie Malavialle.

The increasingly-popular festival at Southwell Racecourse welcomes back Leicester's 'woke folk' activist Grace Petrie, Brighton's young folk stars Hickory Signals, Jim Causley ("the finest singer of his generation" according to Mojo) and the multi-instrumental virtuosity of Ranagri.

Plus "Princess of Cajun" accordionist Sarah Savoy, the fantastic folk rock dance band Blackbeard's Tea Party, famous punk veterans Otway & Barrett, Nottingham's own gypsy jazz hot clubbers Maniere Des Bohemiens, world fusion crowd favourites The Activators, the highly-acclaimed Bird In The Belly folk collective, the rich harmonies of Norwich's Alden Patterson & Dashwood and the vibrant young Welsh band Calan.

And there's more: Irish bluegrass from Jigjam, 3 Daft Monkeys (acclaimed as one of the highlights of Glastonbury 2016 by Mark Radcliffe), BBC award-winners Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Yorkshire singer-songwriter Katie Spencer, Liverpudlian troubadour Rosenblume, Canadian folk-meets-bluegrass from Jessica Pearson & The East Wind, Nottingham's rising star Ruth Notman, Kim Edgar (singer-songwriter from Scotland's multinational folk band Cara) and the sweet-voiced addictive songs of pop rockers Morrissey & Marshall.

Over the four days, Southwell will present a perfectly eclectic mix of more than 50 roots, World, acoustic and folk acts across four stages plus ceilidhs, dance sides, comedy, street theatre, poetry and top class children's entertainment (including the return of genius juggler Dan The Hat).

What people are saying about Gate To Southwell Festival

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended! This was my fourth attendance at this great "little" festival and I will very definitely be back again next year. On this occasion I went with four female friends - all tent camping, our ages ranging from 48 to 70 - and despite the awful weather we had a wonderful time! The description of this as a folk/roots festival doesn't really do it justice: there was shed-loads of all sorts of that kinda good stuff going on all the time in various venues but also some "different" bands - dare I say prog-rock? - which I personally very much enjoyed.... The reasons I've only given four stars are: 1. The fireworks: if this was an HM/HR fest, no prob: the louder the better! But at a folk fest? Terrified our dog and many others. And they were pretty rubbish anyway! 2. True this "new" (second year) venue on the racecourse is far better drained than the previous site and generally held up pretty well - but there were no attempts made to mitigate the worst, muddiest, most slippery and dangerous areas around the loos. But, hey, as I said at the outset, I will 100% definitely be back next year....
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Southwell 2016 Our first visit to Southwell, really enjoyed it, (same about the weather!!) There was plenty to do and see, 5 stages, masses of stalls, we were impressed with the number of events, hope to see you all next year.
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very little atmosphere ,seems to be moving away from the folk festival tradition Won't be attending another Southwell festival next year or any other year
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Southwell folk festival caravan and camping I attended the festival and met up with friends. Great music and dance events my fourth visit. The common disappointing feature is the muddy exit roads and bogged down vehicles being towed off. The organisers need to look at some temporary roadways that are used at other events.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indeed the best event so far Despite the rain. The stewards coped very well and the layout was so much better than last year. All the concerts were great.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Southwell Festival This was our second visit, this year we chose to camp which was a challenge given the rain! Again, the music, stalls and overall vibe were great and Southwell is a lovely little town. Lunch and music at the Final Whistle pub was particularly memorable. Our only issue is the same as last year- very poor quality toilets and showers which were gruesome. However, if you discovered the showers in the racecourse building then these were a pleasant surprise.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Southwell Folk Festival - A Wonderful Experience My hubby and sister- in -law accompanied me for their first ever time at the Festival because they like Show of Hands.(I usually go with folk- loving friends! )They absolutely bowled over by the quality and the variety of music on offer, and especially enjoyed the Ukes of Hazard. The Tribute to Bob Dylan bys so many artists was a master stroke, as they loved that to, and it gave them a bit of a break from the full -on stuff. Brilliant!
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely surprise, great location First time at Southwell, really enjoyed and intend to come again
Date published: 2016-06-21
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