Folk festival tickets on sale

TICKETS for next year’s renowned Gate to Southwell Folk Festival are now on sale.

The festival, which includes Scottish artists Dougie MacLean and Breabach in the confirmed line-up, will take place from 1st until 4th June at the Workhouse in Southwell and it will coincide with the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

Tickets are currently available via the website or by post and they will be on sale at a number of outlets in January.

Dougie MacLean is one of Scotland’s most popular singer songwriters, while folk band Breabach is renowned for its unique sound of twin bagpipes, flute and fiddle.

More than 60 bands have already been booked and while there has been an increase in ticket prices to £69 for the full weekend, organisers say there will be an extra day on the Monday, with three marquees offering almost non-stop music, along with children’s entertainment, a real ale festival and music and dance throughout the town.

The line-up of performers also includes Martyn Joseph, Martin Carthy’s brass ensemble Brass Monkey and Irish folk dance band Beoga.

English artists are represented at the festival with Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, the Fay Hield Trio and rising star Lucy Ward – who was twice nominated for next year’s BBC Radio2 Folk Awards.

There will also be Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Richard and Jess Arrowsmith, The Toy Hearts, The Melrose Quartet, GloryStrokes, Steamchicken, The QP, The Wilson Family, an a capella outfit from Teesside, and Sheffield-based Sciorr: Staged.

To book tickets visit www.southwellfolkfestival.org.uk or write to PO Box 9149, Newark NG24 9DZ.