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Gate To Southwell set to return at new Kirklington venue




Final preparations are being made for the return of a music festival after the pandemic caused last year’s event to be cancelled.

The Gate To Southwell Festival is returning with a new date and venue.

Instead of being held in June near Southwell Racecourse, it is being held next month at Kirklington.

Amelia-Coburn at Le-Point-Ephémère (50131238)
Amelia-Coburn at Le-Point-Ephémère (50131238)

It is expected to attract thousands of festival goers to the four-day event.

The festival will start on Thursday, September 2, and run until Sunday September 5

It is the 14th Gate To Southwell Festival.

The band Maroon Town (50131268)
The band Maroon Town (50131268)

Once again, it will offer a mix of music, from local and international acts, and other on-site entertainment.

Award-winning musicians taking part include headlining acts The Young’uns, Gigspanner Big Band, The Breath, The Blair Dunlop Band, Spiers & Boden, the Anxo Lorenzo Band and many others.

The new location gives more room for camping and for the first time dogs as well.

The band Rainy Day Woman performing (50131283)
The band Rainy Day Woman performing (50131283)

There will also be glamping sites alongside regular camping, food and craft stalls.

Lowdhams of Nottingham has stepped in as the main sponsor for the event.

Steve Sharpe, group managing director, said: “We are delighted to support the Gate To Southwell Festival for another year.

The band Talisk (50131271)
The band Talisk (50131271)

“Lowdhams are delighted to be the main sponsor of this amazing festival during these unusual and challenging times.

“This festival provides a fantastic platform to celebrate folk, roots and acoustic music from the UK and further afield and we hope we can help to inspire local people to visit and support this brilliant event.”

Keith Donnelly performing on stage (50131264)
Keith Donnelly performing on stage (50131264)

The festival is going ahead with a full covid-19 compliance plan and have made all the safety and layout changes necessary.

Children’s entertainment will also be provided at the festival, including street theatre star Dan The Hat, rock and roll from Johnny and The Raindrops, storytelling from Walk The Lines, Toddle Bops and Baby Bops, the much-loved Jan’s Van plus a Fire Circle with the Forest School For All team.

Maitree performing on stage (50131288)
Maitree performing on stage (50131288)

There will also be an open mic event and a beer and cider festival.

For tickets, go to www.gtsf.uk

Gig Spanner performing on stage (50131295)
Gig Spanner performing on stage (50131295)
Street theatre star Dan the Hat entertaining the crowd (50131280)
Street theatre star Dan the Hat entertaining the crowd (50131280)
The duo Harbottle and Jonas (50131277)
The duo Harbottle and Jonas (50131277)


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