Four days of International Roots and Acoustic Music


First artists announced! Including Skipinnish, Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys, Blue Rose Code, Otway & Barrett and many more.

The Gate to Southwell Festival is now established as a leading international roots and acoustic music event rivaling other well-established festivals and receiving many accolades. We are on the edge of the historic and beautiful market town of Southwell next to the racecourse, and approximately 13 miles from Nottingham and 8 miles from the A1 and Newark. Over 50 artists performing over 4 days on 4 main stages, on-site camping, kids activities, street theatre, comedy, spoken word and lots more.

Already booked:  Skipinnish, Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys, Blue Rose Code, The Tweed Project, Otway & Barrett, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Ranagri, Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente, Flossie Malavialle, Grace Petrie, Sunjay, Blackbeard’s Teaparty, Keith Donnelly, Maniere des Bohemiens, Bird in the Belly, Morrissey & Marshall, with many more still to be announced.

We are also renown for the special concerts and shows which intermingle with great acts like those above.  And 2019 will be no exception. With a once-only collaboration of great artists forming our “Woodstock Band” on Saturday afternoon,  performing songs from the pivotal festival 50 years ago; and on Sunday, marking 60 years since Buddy Holly’s untimely death, Sunjay will be reviving his spirit, with many of Buddy’s songs which he played in Simon Fielder’s traveling theatre show, “Buddy Holly & The Cricketers”.

“The Spirit of Southwell, is to my mind, the coming together of people for a common purpose, to appreciate a diversity of directions and musical styles. In short, if you love good music you’ll love it.” Fatea UK

“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.” Cara Dillon 



Photos by kind permission of Phil Richards

Gate to Southwell Festival