3-5 September 2021 | Winter Gardens Blackpool

Sarah Darling : Sitting with songs longer and out of body experience at the Opry

SARAH DARLING Another day, another zoom call but this time, to catch up with one of my very good friends, Sarah Darling. Sarah is a true ‘honorary British country artist’ - what we call on Country Hits Radio a #CountryHitsBrit; having married a Brit and spent so much...

Let The Music Play

Support Live Music Today we join the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign to support the live music industry, as it struggles for survival. A letter is being delivered to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, uniting us all in our plea to allow live...

Country Music June 2020: Blaze A Trail

Blaze A Trail June was an exciting month in terms of new releases from home-grown talent. Of course, we still lacked any live gigs due to the ongoing lockdown, but that hasn't stopped our favourite artists from sharing brand new music that continues to showcase the...

Country Music May 2020: Here Comes The Sun

Sarah Darling | The British Country Music Festival 2019 | Photo Credit Dave NelsonHold Space The month of May has seen some amazing and extremely exciting releases from a string of home-grown talent. Ward Thomas shared two stellar singles in the form of 'Hold Space'...

Megan O’Neill: Surviving lockdown, touring with Tom Jones and playing the Oscars after party

MEGAN O'NEILL Well, for the first time in this first No Chords But The Truth series, I’m not strolling into Bertie Blossoms restaurant in Notting Hill to sit down with another British country artist over a glass of something tasty to chew the fat. I am, in fact, sat...

Country Music April 2020: Incredible Music Releases

Twinnie | The British Country Music Festival 2019 | Photo Credit Dave NelsonIncredible Music April has been another strange month with zero live gigs to attend due to the UK lockdown which has been introduced by the government as a measure to reduce the speed of the...

Country Music March 2020: Challenges and Inspiration For The Country Family

Laura Oakes | The British Country Music Festival 2019 | Photo Credit Dave NelsonGlobal Outbreak Wow, well March has been a roller-coaster of a month, we've had some amazing new music but the country family and the world as a whole has been rocked by the global...


It is with huge sadness that we have been asked to announce the postponement of this year’s British Country Music Festival, scheduled to take place from the 4th-6th September 2020, although the festival will be back from the 3rd-5th September in 2021. Our venue...

Twinnie: Women in Country Music, Mental Health and The Debut Album

TWINNIE So here I was with a big article reflecting on Twinnie’s comments in this episode of No Chords But The Truth podcast regarding women in country music and the music world as a whole, the struggles and what no-one sees.. but do you know what? Scrap that. Queue...

Country Music February 2020:Is it better in blue jeans or orange jumpsuit?

Ward Thomas | The British Country Music Festival 2019 | Photo Credit Dave Nelson2020's Stellar Month    January was an impressive month for UK Country and Americana and February followed in suitable fashion. With a stellar amount of single releases and recording...

Gallery & Reviews TBCMF 2019

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The biggest indoor country music festival in the North!

Hello to all our UK Country music friends.

As we head into the winter months, we wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you all, whilst our small but perfectly formed team hits the proverbial dance floor running to get everything ready for our return to Blackpool from 3-5 September 2021.

We are so grateful to all of you who have retained your tickets for next year and supported us through what has been the worst time in a generation for the live music industry.

In order to support our singer-songwriters, we have committed to moving their contracts over from this year to next year so that they don’t lose the work. It’s a fantastic line-up and we will be announcing the programme in November.

Lockdown has given us all time to reflect. Artists have been using the time to be creative and virtually bursting at the seams to share their music with an audience.  Everyone has learned to appreciate more time with family and friends and for many, listening to music and watching live streamed performances has been key to maintaining our well being.

On a personal note, we have committed to creating a better work life balance for the future. Let’s see if we can actually achieve that! The period of reflection has also given us time to be creative and we will be announcing a number of new initiatives throughout the next six months. We can’t wait to share them with you and our family of singer-songwriters!

It will be a different world that emerges. We know we can maintain physical distancing in our wonderful Ballroom and the many venues throughout the Winter Gardens if needs be.  We will also be looking at ways to include those who may still be nervous or unable to attend live events.

We need live music now more than ever as a way to heal and bring us closer together in spirit. We can’t wait to connect with everyone through the joy of sharing the live music experience.

Thank you again for your continued support and friendship and here’s to TBCMF 2021.

Best wishes from Martin & Marina

“Where The Lights Are Shining”



UK Country Music New Releases

A review of Rosanna Jones' new release Breathe Out

Roseanna Jones | Breathe Out

Review   Breathe Out performed and co-written by Roseanna Jones (of Worry Dolls fame), is a beautiful song. The perfect celebration for LGBGTQ+ people who have suffered the anxiety and freedom of coming out and encouragement for those who have yet to do so. With...
review of Imelda May's new song 11 Past The Hour

Imelda May | 11 Past The Hour

Review Leading the new releases this week is Imelda May. 11 Past The Hour is hauntingly beautiful and I deliberately didn’t watch the accompanying video, as the lyrics immediately created my very own personal interpretation. Every song means different things to...
A review of Bailey Tomkinson's Silent Suffering (Radio Edit)

Bailey Tomkinson| Silent Suffering (Radio Edit)

Review Bailey Tomkinson’s Silent Suffering is a perfect slice of pop/rock country showing UK country artists are creating their own authentic sound. It feels odd reviewing a song that has already achieved Number 1 in the iTunes UK Country single chart and the...
A review of Abby Inez new single Good Guy

Abby Inez | Good Guy

Review Abby Inez has a clarity of vocal that is absolutely beautiful. She is bang on every note, not under, not over, bang on. Since launching her singing career in 2014 (whilst holding down a day job to support her music), Abby started out in a country duo called...
A review of Motel Sundown's new release Before Midnight

Motel Sundown | Before Midnight

Review   Before Midnight is the latest single from Liverpool based trio Motel Sundown. Fast making a name for themselves, this is a beautiful and unique sound produced by Naomi Campbell and Karen Turley from County Tyrone and Robert Johnson from London.   All...
A review of The Nelson Brothers new release Hallway

The Nelson Brothers | Hallway #1

Review  Hallway #1 by The Nelson Brothers (that’s siblings Simon and Steven from Stafford not twins Matthew and Gunnar from California), is an enigmatic track set in Amsterdam. The notes from The Nelson Brothers state that this song was written from an old notebook...
A review of Chloe Jones new release Damsel

Chloe Jones | Damsel

Review  Chloe Jones’ single ‘Damsel’ is a step away from the folk/Americana genre that she declares as her norm, to take her down a much more traditional country sound. Chloe spent some time in 2019 as part of a three person team leading a music camp for teenagers in...
A review of Derek Ryan's new song Wherever You're Going f

Derek Ryan | Wherever You’re Going ?

Review If you need a song to raise the spirits and get you off the couch to Dosey Doe around the living room, then ‘Wherever You're Going?’ is the perfect antidote to these times of struggle. If you were to imagine a massive hoedown party in Ireland, then this song...
A review of Phil Hooley & Robert Vincent's new song Midasville

Phil Hooley, Rob Vincent | Midasville

Review  From the get go Midasville has a hint of the Leonard Cohen about it. It is melancholic and cynical telling the story of a forgotten town. In a world that has got so much smaller recently, confined to our own towns and homes and the feeling of isolation, the...
Yola & The Highwaywomen release Hold On

Yola | The Highwomen |Hold On

Review When Yola sings it’s like a masterclass in pitch, phrasing and finesse. But add in Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Sheryl Crow and The Highwomen to the mix and if it doesn’t hit the number one slot, something is seriously wrong. As a track, Hold On has the best...
A review of SAINT EDEN's new song READY TO LOVE

Saint Eden | Ready To Love

Review Ready to Love is a well-crafted romantic, country pop song that will appeal to the masses and should secure Saint Eden’s place on the festival programmes of the future, as well as take them swiftly into the iTunes Country Chart.  Sam Bradley (lead vocal,...
A review of Lucy Blu's

Lucy Blu | Bonnie & Clyde

Review From the sound of the police sirens that top and tail this track, Bonnie & Clyde unsurprisingly follows a very American trajectory through its country pop sound and references. Lucy Blu is already making a name for herself having reached the number 1 slot...
A review of Ben Glover song Sweet Wild Lily

Ben Glover | Sweet Wild Lily

Review  Ben Glover’s Wild Lily soothes your soul and makes you feel that all is well with the world. With some beautiful guitar work Ben has composed a track that will see its way on to most people’s playlists who enjoy the best of homegrown Americana music.  Winner...
A review of Elles Bailey song Wild Wild West

Elles Bailey | Wild Wild West

Review Elles Bailey delivers yet another powerful and classy track with Wild Wild West that sounds like a sure fire hit. It is a mature piece of work co-written by Elles along with Billy Smiley and Caitlin Rushing, with masterful lyrics, a gutsy melody and great...



General Admission Tickets

Early Bird General admission weekend ticket and access to all stages and dance floors for 2021 are now on sale.

This special rate is a reward to early bookers and has limited availability.

Our thank you rate for 2019 attendees and our super early bird offers have both sold out.

VIP Ticket Package

The upgraded Early Bird tickets VIP package includes general admission weekend ticket and access to all stages and dance floors.

PLUS: A special Q&A reception with a surprise guest, meet & greet with selected artists; priority VIP arrival ticket desk; exclusive access to balcony viewing, VIP bar and seats, souvenir lanyard and souvenir festival programme.

Due to limited capacity of the viewing balcony our VIP packages sold out in 2019. There is only a limited amount of Early Bird VIP package tickets available 


Over 100 Performers and DJ’s will be lighting up Blackpool representing the cream of  todays contemporary British Country and Americana Music acts.


An indoor festival with four stages held in three connecting iconic venues, including the iconic Empress Ballroom, Art Deco Arena and Horseshoe Pavilion.


Dance Floors

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