Ward Thomas, Catherine McGrath and Sarah Darling will headline The British Country Music Festival, a new, annual event that will take place from the 13th to the 15th September 2019 at the Winter Gardens indoor entertainment complex in the centre of the UK’s number one seaside resort, Blackpool.
Produced by festival and theatre show specialists Fit The Bill, in association with The Blackpool Entertainment Company, the event will be unique in focusing primarily on the best of British Country and Americana artists, promoting the wealth of talent in the UK that is now making Nashville sit up and take notice.
Support artists include Laura Oakes, Megan O’Neill, The Adelaides, Worry Dolls, Blair Dunlop, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Danny McMahon and Jake Morrell. The festival will include performances on five stages in and around the Winter Gardens complex and it is anticipated that around 100 performers will participate in the event over the long weekend.
Martin Blore, Executive Producer from Fit The Bill said: “This is a very exciting time for British Country and Americana music. This genre is synonymous with Nashville, but the Brits are breaking barriers, creating their own style of country music and attracting fans from all over the world. Our home-grown talent is also achieving mainstream chart success and we felt it was a good time to create a festival that celebrates British Country and Americana artists.”
He added: “We also want to provide a public platform for talented, emerging artists whose music needs a wider audience and we will be inviting music industry colleagues to come and enjoy the Making Waves stages.”
The spectacular indoor setting of the Winter Gardens Blackpool enables music lovers to ditch the need for tents in favour of local accommodation providers, or the comfort of their own homes.
Michael Williams, Managing Director of Blackpool Entertainment Company and operators of the Winter Gardens added: “The Winter Gardens has attracted some of the greatest music artists over the years from Ed Sheeran to The Shires and we’ve hosted events including the Blackpool Dance Championships and The International Soul Festival. With the addition of the new £25m conference centre next year, it’s the perfect time for The British Country Music Festival to launch here and grow to include seminars and workshops.”
Ticket holders will be encouraged to dress for the occasion and fly the flag for the best of British and being indoors provides the opportunity to be thigh high in sequins and stilettos as opposed to knee deep in mud with plastic wellies.
With neon and shining lights running as a sub theme linking to the illuminations and the World Firework Championships, both of which are taking place during the event, this is going to be the place to party as the traditional festival season nears its end.
The festival will run from 4pm on Friday through to 6pm on Sunday afternoon. (Friday 4pm until 1am, Saturday 12 noon till 1am and Sunday 12 noon until 7pm). More artists will be announced in the coming months. Weekend tickets are now on sale for £75 per person. VIP packages are £110 per person and include a priority access wristband, souvenir lanyard, free programme and access to a private viewing area and meet and greet with some of the artists. Under 16’s tickets are priced at £35 per person and they must be accompanied by an adult. Group rates are also available. For news and updates follow @TBCMF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.