Gate to Southwell Festival - Review
Over 5000 people visited Southwell in early June for the most successful Gate To Southwell acoustic and roots music festival so far. A combination of international artists, traditional dancers, great family entertainment and wonderful weather attracted festival-goers and tourists to town for the annual procession. Meanwhile, on the festival site near the racecourse, over 50 acts from all over the world performed on five stages over four days.
The famous Irish singer Cara Dillon summed up the great appeal of the event a the close of her Sunday night performance: “Thanks for having us here at this incredible festival. You know, it’s just the right size. You can walk around, feel the space, feel the energy…it’s all lovely.”
Over the long weekend there were standing ovations for headline acts including Nashville’s Gretchen Peters, Geordie legends Lindisfarne, award-winning folk act The Young’Uns, New Orleans’ Truckstop Honeymoon, Canadian fiddlers and dancers The Fitzgeralds, the UK’s top R&B band Nine Below Zero (supported by the excellent veteran Louisiana blues of the Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band), plus fine contributions from Denmark’s Habadekuk, young Celts Dallahan and many other performers.
“We’re delighted to say that Gate To Southwell 2018 was our best so far,” said festival director Mike Kirrage. “It was certainly our most eclectic festival yet and there were tremendous sets from international and local artists. In addition to the headliners, there were so many great contributions from the likes of Mallorcan ska band Dinamo, Sunjay, the Boxcar Boys, Blair Dunlop, Seas of Mirth, The Destroyers…plus loads of family friendly events and wonderful ceilidhs. We’re really grateful for all the support we’ve received from everyone who attended and worked at the festival, and also from sponsors such as Gusto Homes, Lowdhams, Maypole Brewery and Acorn Brewery. It really was a great success. Can’t wait to do it all again.”
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