THE BRITISH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

2-4 September 2022 | Winter Gardens Blackpool

TBCMF 2022
2022 Youtube Playlist

These are the genres of music you can expect to hear at our UK Country Music Festival 2022. Dive into the playlists.

Source Wikipedia and Apply to Play (some artists cover two genres)

  • Country 54% 54%
  • Americana 29% 29%
  • Country Rock 17% 17%
  • Country Folk 17% 17%
  • Country Pop 14% 14%
  • Alt-Country 9% 9%
  • Folk 9% 9%
  • Indie Pop 6% 6%
  • Folk Pop 6% 6%
  • Country Irish 6% 6%
  • Acoustic 6% 6%
  • Alt-Folk 6% 6%

Welcome to The British Country Music Festival. We are a proud, independent UK Country Music Festival 2022 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. These include Americana, country pop, country rock, country blues, bluegrass, roots, folk, acoustic and all those genres between the country borderlines.  You will love the main stage artists, and our incredible festival fans are always excited about the new music and artists they discover every year.

 UK Country Music Festival 2022

The celebration is held over three days. Our four stages throughout the indoor Winter Gardens venue in Blackpool include the world-famous, candlelit Empress Ballroom, the art deco Arena and the Horseshoe Pavilion Theatre. As everything is undercover in a purpose-built entertainment complex, the weather cannot spoil the fun or the sound. You can dress to impress, we have plenty of seating and proper toilets, and it all takes place in the UK’s most popular seaside resort. Your wristband lets you 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 #wherethelightsareshining.  Get your tickets now!

UK COUNTRY & FESTIVAL NEWS

Who Is Brooke Law?

Spanning many genres but at the heart of it all is great storytelling.

UK Country Music April 2022

Round-up of the British Country Music scene, including releases from Gary Quinn, Emilia Quinn and Stevie O’Connor.

Emilia Quinn Exclusive: One Of You

Emilia Quinn, One of You Emilia Quinn is a firecracker within the UK country scene. Her powerful voice and feisty lyrics have captured the attention of fans across the UK, and her stage presence is something to be marvelled at. She has captivated us when we’ve seen...

Elles Bailey Exclusive

Strength to Strength Elles Bailey wowed crowds at last year’s British Country Music Festival in Blackpool, her stage presence was second to none as she held the crowd in the palm of her hand during the emotive songs whilst she strutted across the stage and brought the...

UK Country Music community comes together to pay tribute to one of it’s own

Towards the end of last month, sad news began to filter through that just weeks before his 40th Birthday, Simon Clewlow had passed away following a short illness. Last week the country music community in the U.K. came together to pay tribute to the singer-songwriter...

UK Country Music March 2022

Mad March For UK Country fans, March really is our month, in so many ways it’s the start of the country music calendar, kicking off the festival season with Country 2 Country. But it’s not just the British artists at C2C that we have to celebrate this month, there...

2021 Country Music Festival Day Splits Announced

The British Country Music Fesitval, one of the UK’s most popular, indoor music discovery festivals, has revealed the day splits for its 2021 event, that will take place from 3rd to 5th September 2021 at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Alongside this announcement and...

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...

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...

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

Indie Folk Musician Ben Holland performed at The British Country Music Festival in September 2021, quickly becoming a crowd favourite.

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...

Tom Odell

The Brits Critic’s Choice winner Tom Odell is headlining in Blackpool this September at The British Country Music Festival.

Amy Wadge

Amy has been performing and releasing music since leaving the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama over 20 years ago

Lucy Spraggan

Following the release of Choices, singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan will be headlining The British Country Music Festival this September in Blackpool

Harleymoon Kemp

Breakout star and hit songwriter Harleymoon Kemp was named the Horizon Artist of 2021 at November's BCMAs.Harleymoon Kemp BiographyHarleymoon Kemp's first single “Space” hit #1 on the UK Country chart after it premiered on ITV. The release sparked an overnight online...

Henry Priestman

Critically acclaimed music legend Henry Priestman will be joining us at The British Country Music Festival this SeptemberHenry Priestman BiographyAfter over 40 years in the music business – and with a credit list longer than both your arms – in 2009 Henry Priestman...

Laura Oakes

Laura Oakes is an established artist on the British country music scene. In addition to her usual gigs, Laura has established her ‘Laura Oakes hosts’ live show.Laura Oakes BiographySince Laura's live night was established at the Green Note, Camden in 2018 we’re glad...

Noble Jacks

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK.Noble Jacks BiographyNoble Jacks’ debut album What the Hammer released to much acclaim. A fiddle...

Robert J Hunter

Turning heads across the UK and Europe with their persistent touring.Robert J Hunter BiographyAlderney born Robert J. Hunter is taking the blues and americana scene by storm with his gruff, powerful voice and the wild thud of overdriven foot stomping guitar. His...

The Tumbling Paddies

The Tumbling Paddies are taking the music scene by storm!The Tumbling Paddies BiographyCountry-Folk and Pop group The Tumbling Paddies are from Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. Music was always an interest highly regarded by the band. John McCann, the drummer, is an...

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THE BRITISH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2022

UK Country Music Festival 2022 Celebrating Singer-songwriters

Hello to all our UK country music friends.

The 2022 festival is fast approaching, and we are incredibly proud of the fantastic lineup of artists performing for you in Blackpool from 2-4 September 2022.

We will never be the biggest festival, but we doubled the guest numbers in our second year (2021), and that means that we are now officially the fastest-growing country music festival in the UK, and all achieved during lockdown!

So the cycle begins again. The real excitement is constantly discovering new artists, and this year has been no exception. We spent weeks 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.

Country, Americana and all their subgenres continue to increase in popularity in the UK with more live streaming year on year as UK music lovers enjoy how our homegrown artists are creating their brand of country, Americana, roots and folk.

 

UK Country Music Festival 2022

 

On a personal note, we have committed to creating more opportunities for homegrown, grassroots artists, and we will be announcing several 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 is driving us. It is time for our UK artists to take their rightful place alongside American headliners. We will remain true to our values and play our part in promoting homegrown singer-songwriters nationally and internationally wherever we can.

What struck us seeing the fantastic artists performing last year was the sheer variety in styles. Each artist was unique in developing their sound in a genre. We will lead the eternal debate this year, asking ‘What is Country Music?” particularly in the context of the UK scene.

The spectacular Empress Ballroom celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2021, and the venue restored the stunning dance floor to its former glory and 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 country’s most beautiful live music venue?

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. 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. See you in Blackpool!

Best wishes from Martin & Marina

#anothercountry #tbcmf #wherethelightsareshining #UKcountry #musicdiscoveryfestival

 

 

UK COUNTRY MUSIC NEW RELEASES

Emilia Quinn Exclusive: One Of You

Emilia Quinn, One of You Emilia Quinn is a firecracker within the UK country scene. Her powerful voice and feisty lyrics have captured the attention of fans across the UK, and her stage presence is something to be marvelled at. She has captivated us when we’ve seen...

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...

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE UK Country Music Festival 2022

General Admission Tickets for The British Country Music Festival 2022

A limited-edition of first-tier Weekend tickets providing access to all stages and dance floors for 2022 is now on sale.

Junior tickets are available, and an adult must accompany all children.

An additional ticket for the exclusive music tram rides is available for those that arrive at the Resort on Thursday.

Prices increases as we get closer to the festival

VIP Ticket Package For The British Country Music Festival 2022

The upgraded  VIP package includes a 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 the limited capacity of the viewing balcony, our VIP packages sold out in 2019 and 2021. There is only a limited amount of  VIP package tickets available.

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A deeper dive into UK Country & Americana

Click the link to find out more About The British Country Music Festival , explore our history, our place in the UK Country music scene, and our future ambitions.

 TBCMF's New Country & Americana Playlist, updated weekly our spotify playlist shares the latest realease from UK artists.

Frequently Asked Questions, Advice on tickets, timings, travel, accessibility  accommodation, festival details for The British Country Music Festival