2020 Festival Cancellation

Please see below for the refund process and cancellation statement.

You are amazing!


We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support we've received since announcing the cancellation of the 2020 festival.

We've already had offers from ticket-buyers to donate a percentage of their refund back to the festival – something which is really heartening to all of us involved – and so we've set up a crowd-funding page to help ticket-buyers and everyone else to do this. Thank you!


We are a not-for-profit organisation run by enthusiastic volunteers putting in 1000s of hours of work over the year to put the festival together – this would have been our 14th year – so it's devastating that it won’t happen in 2020.

We've spent significant amounts on the 2020 event, and if you can help us cover some of these costs, you'd have our sincere gratitude.  Whether you choose to or not is up to you of course.  You can access the fundraising page here https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/supporters-of-gtsf

Let's look forward to 2021 when we'll stage another inspirational and international musical weekend.

Thanks all!

The GTSF team.

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Cancellation Statement 18th March 2020:

We regret to say that we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 festival because of the introduction of stricter social distancing measures, and the high likelihood that these will extend beyond our dates. We are offering 100% refunds to all ticket buyers and traders.

This year’s festival, our 14th, was to have been an international extravaganza of roots, acoustic, folk, blues, soul, ska and more, set over 4 days near the glorious Nottinghamshire minster town of Southwell, with artists from the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, Ireland and the UK.  We are immensely sad to have to make this announcement.   


Why have we done this now rather than hope for the best?
We have already spent significant amounts on the 2020 festival, and from now on this will progressively increase to cover infrastructure, artists and other costs. By cancelling now, we can refund everybody and secure the festival for future years. Whilst we always have cancellation insurance, this does not cover cancellation due to communicable disease.

We've read recommendations in the press and on social media, that we should "hold our nerve" and plough on. We could have taken this approach, but it would have been your money being risked – you put your trust in us and we don’t want to betray that. We are a not-for-profit organisation and have only limited reserves.

All ticket buyers will receive a full refund of the ticket price + booking fee, as will traders who have paid us a deposit. We fully expect all refunds to have been made by 31st March at the very latest – please email us after that date if you have not received yours.

We would like to thank all our wonderful supporters and hope to see you next year, and our thoughts go out to all those affected by health issues, as well as those who will be financially affected by current events.

GTSF 18th March 2020


Please do not contact us until after 31st March if you have not received yours - by email to tickets@southwellfolkfestival.org.uk.

We will issue cheques straight away for people who made a postal application and paid by cheque. For those who bought through Seetickets, you will get an email from them in the next few days, followed by an automatic refund within 10 days.


Traders: you should have received an email from us. Please check your junk folders and contact us if it's not arrived.  

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