Now in its third year, The British Country Music Festival will take place at the indoor Winter Gardens entertainment complex in Blackpool from 2nd to 4th September 2022.
With four stages in the venue, the event provides a platform for grassroots artists to perform alongside established singer-songwriters of country music, Americana, folk, roots and all the various sub-genres.
This year, the festival is expecting record ticket sales with the announcement that Ivor Novello Songwriter of The Year 2014 and BRIT’s Critics Choice Award winner Tom Odell will be the main Saturday night headliner.
The British Country Music Festival promoter Martin Blore explained, “Our festival provides a platform for the UK’s best storytellers, which is what contemporary country, folk and Americana music is all about. Tom Odell is one of our greatest lyricists and composers and we are thrilled that he is headlining. His reflective indie-folk style helps to push the boundaries of our festival".
"Homegrown artists are now writing about life in the UK with songs that are continuing to establish a British country sound, without emulating the traditional American country drawl" he continues. "Previously, UK artists were writing about saloons and cowboys, now they are referencing their own country, singing about pubs and terraced houses. The UK now has its own brand of British country music and it is becoming ever more evident that our talented songwriters should stand alongside those who headline in Nashville”.
The headliner on Saturday will be Lucy Spraggan, whose songwriting skills are critically acclaimed and have covered subjects from sobriety to mental health. Meanwhile, headlining on Friday will be Amy Wadge, whose long-established partnership with Ed Sheeran is well documented - they wrote 'Thinking Out Loud’, together - winning them both the Grammy for Song of The Year in 2016.
This year's international headliner, in the traditional Sunday spot, will be Canadian country singer Jess Moskaluke.
With the boldest and most impressive line-up yet for The British Country Music Festival, the events’ various stages will welcome artists including Kezia Gill and Laura Oakes. With performers such as Brooke Law and The Tumbling Paddies, the venue will be bursting with the UK’s best music creators.
The festival also offers the option to purchase a tram ticket and arrive in Blackpool a day early for an exclusive preview of Blackpool Illuminations before the official switch on that takes place on the opening night of the festival.
The British Country Music Festival takes place 2nd to 4th September 2022 - more information and ticket details are available here.