Blackpool is set to welcome another major new event in 2019. The British Country Music Festival will launch at the Winter Gardens indoor entertainment complex running from the 13th to the 15th September 2019.
Produced by urban festival specialists Fit The Bill, in association with The Blackpool Entertainment Company, the festival will focus primarily on British Country and Americana artists to promote the wealth of talent in the UK and the impact they are having on the international music scene.
The festival will run from Friday through to Sunday afternoon. It is anticipated that around 100 performers will take place in the festival over the long weekend and the full line up will be announced in the New Year.
Martin Blore, Executive Producer from Fit The Bill said: “This is a very exciting time for British Country and Americana artists. Country music used to be synonymous with Nashville, but this is no longer the case as home-grown talent is now making its mark across the pond and attracting fans from all over the world. UK artists are being invited to play Nashville and they are also achieving chart success. We felt it was important to create a festival that promotes British Country and Americana artists and what better place for the party than in Blackpool during the illuminations!”
The festival will include music on various stages around the Winter Gardens complex including the Empress Ballroom and there will be dance workshops and demonstrations throughout the weekend.
The Winter Gardens Blackpool is perfectly placed to take advantage of the increased popularity of urban festivals. Its range of indoor stages eliminates the risk of having to cancel festival events due to inclement weather. It also enables music lovers to ditch the need for tents in favour of local accommodation providers, or the comfort of their own homes. Better for festival goers to be thigh high in sequins and suede as opposed to knee deep in mud donning plastic wellies!
With neon lights running as a theme to the festival and linking to Blackpool’s illuminations, ticket holders will be encouraged to dress for the occasion and fly the flag for the best of British Country music.
According to the Association of Independent Festivals latest report, the average spend per head of today’s festival goer is £434.14 to include the ticket, accommodation, food and drink, merchandise and off-site spending. Based on this, it is anticipated that Blackpool will see a major economic benefit from the launch of The British Country Music Festival with thousands of visitors literally enjoying the bright lights and attractions in the town.
Michael Williams, Managing Director of Blackpool Entertainment Company and operators of the Winter Gardens added: “The Winter Gardens has attracted some of the greatest music artists over the years from Ed Sheeran to The Shires and we’ve hosted events including the Blackpool Dance Championships and The International Soul Festival. With the addition of the new £25m conference centre next year, it’s the perfect time for The British Country Music Festival to launch here and grow to include seminars and workshops.”
A limited number of early bird tickets are on sale now before Christmas to include access to all the music stages from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon inclusive, priced at £66 per person. Discounted VIP packages are also available now at £99 each and include a priority access wristband, souvenir lanyard, free programme and access to a private viewing area and meet and greet with a select number of artists. Under 16’s tickets are priced at £35 per person and they must be accompanied by an adult. For ticket information please contact Winter Gardens Blackpool . For news and updates follow @BritCountryMus1 on Twitter, @BritishCountryMusicFest on Facebook and visit www.britishcountrymusicfestival.com