THE BRITISH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

2-4 September 2022 | Winter Gardens Blackpool

Welcome to The British Country Music Festival.  We are a fiercely independent music festival that focuses on contemporary, country music created by singer-songwriters from the UK and Ireland.

We promote and lovingly present a broad church of country music styles. Including Americana, country pop. country rock, country blues, bluegrass, roots, folk, acoustic and all those genres in between the country border lines.  You will love the mainstage artistes, and our festival going family always rave about the new music and artists they have discovered.

The celebration is held over three days. With four stages in the iconic, world famous candlelit Empress Ballroom, the art deco Arena and the Horseshoe Pavilion Theatre. All within the Winter Gardens entertainment complex in Blackpool. It’s held indoors where the weather cannot spoil the fun or the sound, you can dress to impress, we have plenty of seating, real toilets and it’s staged in the country’s best loved seaside resort.  Your wristband enables you to come and go as you please, allowing you to take in the sights, illuminations and local Blackpool attractions.

Join the revolution, the Brits are coming and creating a sound of their own.  #anothercountry #tbcmf #ukcountry #musicdiscoveryfestival.  Get your tickets now!

TBCMF PREVIOUS ARTISTS

Nathan Carter

Anglo-Irish country singer Nathan Carter has released 9 studio albums and 4 live albums. The respected showman performs pop, Irish folk and country music and is considered the pioneer of the trend, Country and Irish.

Lisa McHugh

Lisa McHugh is an Irish pop and country singer-songwriter. She has been awarded Female Vocalist of the Year 5 years running as well as Outstanding Achievement on the World Stage in 2012 when she appeared on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

Wildwood Kin

Wildwood Kin are an English contemporary family alt folk trio, composed of sisters Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney, from Exeter, Devon.

Elles Bailey

Smoky-voiced, super hard-working singer-songwriter.  Elles Bailey has won not just one, but two of the prestigious UKBlues Awards, awarded by The UKBlues Federation.

Martin Harley

British guitarist and songwriter Martin Harley is making a change. Having created a deep impression on the acoustic blues roots and Americana scene with his last two Nashville recorded albums. His highly anticipated new record finds a new and exciting sound.

Kezia Gill

Kezia Gill is bringing her unique sound with her to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberKezia Gill BiographyDerby based singer-songwriter Kezia Gill, has been singing professionally for over 10 years. A delicious mix of Irish and country influence, her...

Jack & Tim

The brilliant father and son duo Jack & Tim are bringing some family magic to The British Country Music FestivalJack & Tim BiographyThe Jack and Tim story really begins with a story about a great friendship between a father and son, a mutual passion for...

Jess Thristan

Northern singer-songwriter Jess Thristan will be performing this September at The British Country Music FestivalJess Thristan BiographyJess Thristan wrote her first song, The Shield, at the early age of 15 and five years later recorded it at the famous Angel Studios...

Candi Carpenter

American star Candi Carpenter has performed for the one and only Dolly Parton and will be performing for us in Blackpool this SeptemberCandi Carpenter BiographyCandi Carpenter is an American Country music singer-songwriter who was born in Toledo, Ohio but raised in...

Holloway Road

Holloway Road make an exciting addition to this year's line up at The British Country Music FestivalHolloway Road Biography“The most exciting live act in the UK” – Lyric Mag This emerging duo didn’t earn that reputation by accident. Having each spent years in punk...

Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code bring a unique live sound to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberBlue Rose Code BiographyBlue Rose Code is Edinburgh-born songwriter Ross Wilson. At the edge of contemporary Alt-Folk, Wilson's music evokes a meeting of Van Morrison and a...

Bailey Tomkinson

Bailey Tomlinson, singer-songwriter from the beautiful St Ives, bring her emotional storytelling to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberBailey Tomkinson BiographyBailey Tomkinson is a singer-songwriter from the beautiful St Ives in Cornwall. Her mastery...

The Remedy Club

The Remedy Club, Americana/Roots duo, are coming to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberThe Remedy Club BiographyThe Remedy Club, Americana/Roots duo, is made up of KJ McEvoy and his wife Aileen Mythen. Renowned journalist Jackie Hayden describes their...

Juna N Joey

Juna N Joey are coming all the way from West Palm Beach, Florida to perform at The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberJuna N Joey Biography“Think Modern Day Carpenters meets Lady A”   Juna N Joey are a brother/sister Country Pop Duo from West Palm Beach,...

Robbie Cavanagh

Robbie Cavanagh will be performing his haunting yet beautiful melodies at The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberRobbie Cavanagh BiographyManchester’s Robbie Cavanagh writes unscrubbed, heartfelt Americana with passion and real quality. Robbie performs with...

Bryony Sier

Bryony Sier is bringing her unique vibe to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberBryony Sier Biography“Bryony’s EP is epic and so is she. She’s a legend for talking openly about the importance of #mentalhealth.”   Bryony Sier is an acclaimed folk-pop artist...

Tennessee Twin

Acoustic duo Tennessee Twin will be bringing their modern Country sound to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberTennessee Twin BiographyTennessee Twin are a skilful acoustic duo playing modern Country music from their base in Cambridge, UK. Their original...

Katy Hurt

Katy Hurt will be adding The British Country Music Festival to her impressive festival repertioreKaty Hurt Biography“Hurt’s voice takes Dolly Parton’s twang and Beth Ditto’s soul, wraps it all up in a basket with a bow before setting fire to it and leaving it on your...

Morganway

Morganway are bringing their intoxicating mix of Americana to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberMorganway BiographyMorganway are a six-piece from the East of England, founded by twin brothers Callum (vocals, guitar, bass) and Kieran Morgan (lead guitar,...

Eddy Smith & The 507

Eddy Smith & The 507 bring their soulful melodies and infectious songwriting to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberEddy Smith & The 507 Biography"They blew our socks off at The Isle of Wight Festival" – Hard Rock Café   Captivating audiences with...

The Orange Circus Band

Bluegrass/Americana collective The Orange Circus Band will be raising the roof at The British Country Music Festival 2021The Orange Circus Band BiographyThe Orange Circus Band are a Bluegrass/Americana collective based in the UK, with roots in Virginia, USA. Whilst...

Cormac Neeson

Cormac Neeson is bringing some Country Soul, Americana, Folk and Blues to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberCormac Neeson BiographyCormac Neeson, the lead singer of Northern Irish Rock band The Answer, blazed the road to rock ‘n’ roll glory for the...

Eleri Angharad

Eleri Angharad, Country Pop artist, is adding The British Country Music Festival to her impressive touring and festival repertoire Eleri Angharad Biography“Eleri has one of the most beautiful voices in music today” – Forever British Country   Eleri Angharad is a...

Gareth Nugent

From playing Elvis in London's West End, to being nominated at the BCMA Awards, the multi-talented Gareth Nugent and his band are heading to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberGareth Nugent Biography"Gareth's vocals do indeed have a Bon Jovi vibe!"...

Demi Marriner

Referred to as one of the leading ladies on the live UK Country circuit, Demi Marriner is headed to Blackpool this SeptemberDemi Marriner Biography“Whether she’s pouring out her heart in an intimate solo show, or kicking down the saloon doors with her incredible...

Pete Riley

Pete Riley, the creative force in music for live performance, film, tv and interactive media, is heading to Blackpool this September.  Pete Riley BiographyPete Riley is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Liverpool and has been playing music ever since he can...

Hayley McKay

Hayley McKay brings her original songs, soulful raw emotion and ethereal angelic tones to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberHayley McKay Biography“Likened to Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchel, LeAnn Rimes and Kate Bush!”   Hayley McKay displays an...

Ben Holland

Ben Holland is heading to Blackpool this September to perform at The British Country Music FestivalBen Holland Biography "Supporting artists such as the legendary Joan Armatrading"   Ben Holland was born in Carlisle, North England near to the border of Scotland. He...

Bethany Nelson

Bethany Nelson, Scottish singer-songwriter, is bringing sass and soul to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberBethany Nelson Biography“Contemporary Country with a flare of sass and soul.”   Bethany Nelson is a Scottish singer-songwriter, who performs...

Fine Lines

7-piece Americana band Fine Lines are heading to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberFine Lines Biography“Like a party you will want to return to time and time again” – Fatea Records   Championed by Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music and RNR Magazine, Fine...

Tommy Atkins

Awarded 'Male Artist of the Year' by UK Country Listener's Choice Awards, Tommy Atkins is coming to The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberTommy Atkins BiographyBritish Country music star Tommy Atkins received worldwide radio play and media attention for his...

ROSSO

UK based Americana, Folk and Country duo ROSSO will be performing at The British Country Music Festival at Blackpool's Winter Gardens this SeptemberROSSO Biography“Assured, bold, energetic yet heartfelt”   UK based Americana, Folk and Country duo ROSSO released...

Matt Spracklen

Matt Spracklen from Absolute Radio Country is back to host the festival in 2021.

Tim Prottey-Jones

Tim will be returning to The British Country Music Festival this September and hosting the Songwriter's CarouselTim Prottey-Jones BiographyTim is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, in demand session musician and more recently, a radio presenter. Tim has...

PETER DONEGAN

Almost inevitably, Peter Donegan has been performing since the age of five, given that the ‘Godfather of British Rock n Roll’, ‘King of Skiffle’, the late Lonnie Donegan, is his father. Lonnie inspired every British Invasion band from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin.

Chris Country Radio

Chris Country Radio, bill's itself as "The UK's Country Radio Show created by Chris  Stevens in 2013About Chris Country RadioChris Country is The UK’s Country Station! Having just celebrated their eighth year on the air, Chris County continues to play the finest new...

UK COUNTRY & FESTIVAL NEWS

2021 Country Music Festival Day Splits Announced

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Here For Culture

Here For Culture The British Country Music Festival is pleased to announce that the company who created the event Fit The Bill Limited, has been awarded Culture Recovery Funding from Arts Council England under a project they have labelled 'Here For Culture". The...

Country Music Christmas Gift Idea

The perfect gift for those hard to buy for loved ones. If you’re reading this, you’re probably in need of Christmas gift inspiration and you’re perhaps feeling a tiny bit anxious because you want it to be something really special.  We’ve all been there, unwrapping a...

Laura Oakes: Learning Curves

Laura Oakes Feels a while since I wrote anything here and it’s been quite the time for anyone in the music industry, particularly artists and musicians navigating their way through this government dependant lockdown BUT we have the music and one thing this lockdown is...

Oct: What’s happening in the UK Country Music Scene?

UK Country Music Scene, October 2020 The last couple of months have given us a little time to reflect. We thought the monthly, UK round up blog post should be an opportunity for us to share with you what we have been up to backstage in putting the festival together...

Country Music September 2020: This Year Sucks

UK Scene Growing  September was another difficult month for the music industry, as quick as restrictions were easing on the live sector they were being implemented once again. Although country fans did manage to fit in at least one live show in the form of The Country...

Country Music August 2020: Virtual Tours

Innovative Ideas Although live music still remained on the back burner, the month of August did manage to deliver some outstanding records from our favourite British country acts, as we closed out summer with incredible new songs and visuals from the leading talent...

Country Music July 2020: Getting Creative In Lockdown

Blazing A Trail  As summer officially arrived in the UK just as lockdown measures across the UK began to ease, British country music took another step to becoming one of the most revered genres across the globe as more incredible homegrown acts shared show stopping...

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...

TBCMF 2019 GALLERY & REVIEWS

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THE BRITISH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2022

A country music festival celebrating UK singer songwriters

Hello to all our UK country music friends.

We did it against the odds, hard work and a lot of luck allowed us to present an amazing line-up of artists. The festival is over for this year but we can immediately start to look forward. We are taking a little break, but we wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you all, whilst our small but perfectly formed team has hit the proverbial dance floor running to get everything ready for our return to Blackpool for our third edition from 2-4 September 2022.

We will never be the biggest festival, but doubling the guest numbers in our second year means that we are now officially the fastest growing country music festival in the UK and all achieved during lockdown. We are so grateful to all of you who retained your tickets for this year and supported us through what has been the worst time in a generation for the live music industry.

So the cycle begins again. The real excitement is always discovering new artists and this year will be no exception. We are busy listening to apply to play applications and again the level of talent emerging in the UK is off the scale. We are sure that you will be leaving Blackpool having been introduced to some breath-taking new singer songwriters and in turn we will all have played our part in helping them along the road to greater success and increased sales of their music.

Lockdown gave us all time to reflect. Artists have been using the time to be creative and they’re virtually bursting at the seams ready 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 more opportunities for homegrown, grass roots artists and we will be announcing a number of new initiatives throughout the next twelve months. We can’t wait to share them with you and our family of singer-songwriters! It is this focus on UK talent that has meant that our festival is not reliant on international artists quarantine restrictions or traffic light systems for flights abroad. We have remained true to our values.

What struck us seeing the amazing artists performing this year was the sheer variety in styles. Each artist was completely unique developing their own individual sound on a genre. We are going to lead the eternal debate this year asking ‘What is Country Music?” particularly in the context of the UK scene.

As the UK emerges from lockdown restrictions, we know we can maintain physical distancing in our wonderful Ballroom and the many venues throughout the Winter Gardens if needs be. The spectacular Empress Ballroom celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2021 and the venue has restored the stunning dance floor to its former glory and to industry recognised professional standards for dancers. So what better way to return to the world of live music and performance than in the candle-lit ballroom that we believe is the most beautiful live music venue in the country?

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. Just getting the 2021 festival off the ground and seeing so many happy faces singing and dancing was very emotional.

Thank you again for your continued support and friendship and here’s to TBCMF 2022.

Best wishes from Martin & Marina

#anothercountry #tbcmf #wherethelightsareshining #UKcountry

 

 

UK COUNTRY MUSIC NEW RELEASES

Mitchell Kersley | I Only Cry When I’m Drinking

Review If I didn’t know better, I would assume Mitchell Kersley was Nashville born and bred as opposed to coming from “a little village on the south coast of England” according to his biography.  ‘I Only Cry When I’m Drinking’ is steeped in country, with great guitar...

The Shires feat Lauren Alaina | Lightning Strikes

Review From its acapella start, ‘Lightening Strikes’ builds to a catchy rhythm that has more rises and falls than a quickstep. The clever chorus is punctuated with effective tacets, giving it that traditional country sound that will stay with you long after the song...

Sean C Kennedy | Wild Forever

Review   Wild Forever by Scottish born Sean Kennedy is a song that oozes freedom, images of wide open spaces with a worry free existence and it wouldn’t be out of place as the track of choice for a romantic Viennese waltz on Strictly.  Now living permanently in...

Michael McMillan | I Love You

Review ‘I Love You’ by Scottish veteran country singer Michael McMillan may not be the most inspiring song title, but as the legendary song-writer Don Black says, keep the lyrics simple. The age old sentiment is timeless and Michael has put pen to paper to deliver a...

Brigid O’Neill | Leaving

Review Brigid O’Neill has a voice like a clear cut diamond. ‘Leaving’ is a stunningly beautiful, but heart-wrenching song that will guarantee to stun audiences into silence at any live performance. The violin and guitar add pathos to the track that tells the story of...

Steve Bonham & The Long Road | Do You?

Review Do You? by Steve Bonham and The Long Road is a positive and uplifting song that gently soothes the soul. The Derbyshire born singer-songwriter is also an award-winning psychologist and an inveterate traveller, both of which influence his music. Co-written by...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

ROUND UP OF TBCMF 2019

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

General Admission Tickets

Our Loyalty Ticket Offer for weekend tickets and access to all stages and dance floors for 2022 are now on sale.

This special rate is a reward to those who have supported the festival previously  and has limited availability.

Our thank you rate for 2021 aand 2019 attendees will end at midnight on 26th September

VIP Ticket Package

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

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

Due to limited capacity of the viewing balcony our VIP packages sold out in 2019 and 2021 There is only a limited amount of  Loyalty VIP package tickets available

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