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There’s a very fine blend of rising stars, festival favourites and music legends lined up for next year’s Gate To Southwell.

Already booked for the East Midlands’ premier roots and acoustic event are hugely-successful veteran Geordies Lindisfarne, award-winning folkies The Young’uns, one of Ireland’s greatest singers Cara Dillon, Danish roots stars Habadekuk, brilliant Devon guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith, acclaimed Canadian fiddlers The Fitzgeralds and impressive 2017 BBC Folk Awards winner Kris Drever. There’ll also be a special Blues Night featuring Britain’s number one R&B band Nine Below Zero, Lousiana bluesman Lil’ Jimmy Reed and the UK’s best slide guitarist Johnny Dickinson.

Early Bird tickets (at discounted prices) are now available for the four-day event in beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside from Thursday June 7th to Sunday June 10th. Just follow this link to Gate To Southwell 2018 and grab a bargain –

Also joining the eclectic, international bill from there’s Scotland’s Blue Rose Code, the Canadian jazz-meets-klezmer-meets-folk of The Boxcar Boys, Southwell regulars Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, 2017 BBC Group of the Year The Furrow Collective, the megafolk of Birmingham’s The Destroyers, much-loved global troubadour Rory McLeod, highly-rated harmonious Celts Mongoose and acclaimed songstress Vikki Clayton.

Plus, with more names to be announced, the East Anglian Americana of The Shackleton Trio, Derbyshire’s Rogue Embers and promising folk duo Harbottle & Jonas will add to the great atmosphere at this most family-friendly of festivals, which also features music workshops, ceilidhs, dance displays, a craft fair plus great food and drink outlets.

Be Safe Online This New Year


Last December and January (2016/17), we received 999 reports of domestic abuse.

If you suspect someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please contact us on 101 as soon as possible, or 999 in an emergency.

There are a number of ways we can help in a sensitive and confidential manner.

There are many helplines that can help people too, including ones aimed at those who know they’re causing harm or are worried that they might be capable of doing so, and ones for children to use if they experience or witness domestic abuse at home.

Detective Chief Inspector Leigh Sanders from Nottinghamshire Police’s Public Protection team said: “Domestic abuse affects everyone, regardless of age, race, or background. It can completely destroy lives and, in the worst cases, result in death.

“We encourage people to report any domestic abuse incidents to us as soon as possible and, equally, we encourage those who think they might capable of abuse to think about getting the help they need. We also want children to know that there are ways they can talk to people if something happens at home – they don’t have to suffer in silence.”


Women’s Aid: Advice for any woman who might be experiencing domestic abuse: / 0800 2000 247.

Respect: Help for men and women who think they might be capable of hurting others: 0808 802 4040.

Men’s Advice Line: For men experiencing domestic abuse: 0808 801 0327.

NSPCC: for children to seek advice if they experience domestic abuse in their home: 0808 800 5000.