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
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