The 14th Gate To Southwell Festival is now set to take place in September 2021 at a beautiful new location in the nearby village of Kirklington (just outside Southwell). Having had to cancel the 2020 festival because of the COVID pandemic, the GTSF organisers are confident that four days of folk, roots and acoustic music from the UK and all over the world will go ahead from Thursday 2nd September to Sunday 5th September.
After five years at Southwell Racecourse, the Kirklington festival site will be on farmland to the North West of Southwell with lakes, trees and plenty of green spaces. There’ll be a lot more room for camping and, for the first time, well-behaved dogs will be welcome (at no extra cost) in the main arena as well as on the campsite. There are lovely rural walks nearby and there’s the scenic Robin Hood Way which links Kirklington to Southwell and the wider area. A bus service will also connect Southwell with the new site.
“Rather than risk further problems in early June, we’ve decided next September would be a much safer date to stage the festival,” said Festival Director Mike Kirrage. “There may be rules limiting ticket sales, we're already re-thinking the stages and layout, and we accept we may all still need to socially distance to some extent. But the fun and the music will go on! We know it’s been a tough year for everyone, and we’ve all missed families and friends and getting together to enjoy live music. We just hope this exciting news about our festival in September 2021, at a beautiful rural location, will really lift everyone’s spirits. We’ve already booked some excellent acts and now we’re really looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces who help out, perform or attend each year. So keep well and here’s to a bright, healthy and musical 2021.”