The Gate to Southwell Festival – Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th June 2016

2016 will be the 10th festival and so will be extra special. We will be bringing back some of the artists who made the biggest impressions in past years as well as putting on some special events including Dylan @ 75 and “Songs from the Shows” which we will be announcing soon.

Whilst English and Celtic music remain at the core we seriously embrace other roots music forms. Southwell has built a reputation for seeking out exciting new talent and providing something a little different. Quality remains the watchword so whether it’s country or gypsy jazz, ska or rockabilly, bluegrass or punk, traditional or contemporary, it’ll be good.

Dance displays remain a popular part of the festival with the emphasis on variety and entertainment. Ceilidhs or other social  folk dances take place each day with a late night silent folk disco introduced in 2014.

Southwell is a family friendly and fun festival with plenty of entertainment for the kids and youths alike.  Many children’s activities are aimed to be educative as well as fun with our own instrument workshops, and various other hands on opportunities. Family entertainment always includes a liberal dose of Street Theatre  and ‘walkabouts’ as well as storytellers and musicians.

Headline acts:

Hayseed Dixie, Show of Hands, Eddi Reader, Kila and False Lights.


Location: Not far from Southwell, on fields next to Southwell Racecourse