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Gate To Southwell Festival gets under way at Kirklington

The long-awaited Gate To Southwell Festival finally gets under way today at its new location in Kirklington. It will offer four days of music and entertainment for the whole family.

It is expected to attract thousands of festival goers to the four-day event, which ends on Sunday.

The 14th Gate To Southwell Festival will once again offer an eclectic mix of music, from local and international acts, across three stages and other on-site entertainment.

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

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

Following the great successes of previous Bob Dylan and Woodstock anniversary celebrations, at this year’s festival various artists will pay tribute to John Prine, the American singer-songwriter who died in April.

Alongside more established names such as London ska stars Maroon Town, Donegal’s Henry Girls, Track Dogs, Edgelarks, Imar, Harbottle & Jonas, The Activators, Reg Meuross, Winter Wilson, Talisk, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Wood, a host of bright young folk, acoustic, blues and Americana artists will be performing.

The band The Young-Uns (50131292)
The band The Young-Uns (50131292)

Southwell 2021 welcomes The Wilderness Yet, the alt-country of Rainy Day Woman, Thorpe & Morrison from the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, acclaimed young vocalist Ellie Gowers, rising folk stars the Iona Lane Band, Shropshire singer-songwriter Jessie Reid, the Anglo-Scottish traditional sounds of Janice Burns & Jon Doran and the highly-rated post-punk-ukulele of Amelia Coburn.

They will be joined by more seasoned performers such as guitar legend Wizz Jones, who has been name-checked by everyone from John Renbourn to Eric Clapton to Keith Richards.

Children’s entertainment includes street theatre star Dan The Hat, rock and roll from Johnny and The Raindrops, storytelling from Walk The Lines, Toddle Bops and Baby Bops, and Jan’s Van.

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

For tickets, go to www.gtsf.uk

Street theatre star Dan the Hat entertaining the crowd (50131280)
Street theatre star Dan the Hat entertaining the crowd (50131280)

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