The tenth anniversary Gate To Southwell Festival in rural Nottinghamshire starts this Thursday (9th June) and runs through to Sunday (12th June). To celebrate this great East Midlands acoustic and roots music occasion, plenty of talented young local artists will be given the opportunity to shine alongside international stars.

Attracting musicians from as far a field as Canada and the USA, and with headline acts such as Appalachian hillbilly heroes Hayseed Dixie (Friday), the great English roots band Show Of Hands (Saturday) and legendary Scottish vocalist Eddi Reader (Sunday), the Gate To Southwell Festival gets off to an explosive start with a firework party and the launch of a new Arts Council-backed "alternative" stage.

The opening night party on Thursday 9th features one of Ireland's greatest traditional folk acts Kila headlining the main stage alongside Jim Moray and Sam Carter's new band False Lights. Plus, the alternative stage will feature diverse acts such as the Latin passion of Alejandro Toledo's Full Attack Band, Nottingham's highly-rated rising indie sons Same Streets and Glaswegian alt-country stars James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band.

With five different music stages, great family entertainment, plus the usual fine mix of food and drink tents, a craft fair, a beer and cider festival plus pub sessions in town, the tenth Gate To Southwell is guaranteed to be an unmissable festival event.

For more details visit the website – www.southwellfolkfestival.org.uk