The British Country Music Festival to go ahead in Blackpool in 2021

Blackpool will see the return of a second outing of the British Country Music Festival in 2021.

Monday, 14th December 2020, 3:45 pm

English country star Nathan Carter will be in the resort to headline the event alongside family alternative folk trio Wildwood Kin and Glasgow born pop and country singer Lisa McHugh.

The event, one of the biggest on the UK's country scene, will be returning to Blackpool Winter Gardens for three day from September 3 to 5.

The packed programme features a number of prominent UK based country acts, including Katy Hurt, Morganway, Zoee, Holloway Road, Candi Carpenter and Kezia Gill.

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Born in Liverpool, Nathan Carter is Ireland's biggest selling country artist.

The festival was founded by Lytham couple Marina and Martin Blore of events company Fit The Bill and organisers behind Folk On The Dock festival in Liverpool.

Marina said that it is more vital now than ever to support UK acts and that they are very confident everything will go ahead as planned.

She said: “Following a very tough year for live entertainment, we are thrilled to be back with The British Country Music Festival following its successful launch in 2019

“It’s more important than ever that we support homegrown performers, many of whom have struggled for survival in 2020.

Sisters Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney, collectively known as Wildwood Kin, are from Exeter and they continue to be one of the most popular bands on the contemporary country and alternative folk scene.

“In addition to the great line-up on our main stage in the iconic, candlelit Empress Ballroom, our support stages are packed with emerging and breaking talent and we cannot wait for our festival family to discover new artists in Blackpool.

“We are confident that by September next year, we will be able to operate to a viable capacity and we also promise a full ticket refund in the event that Covid prevents us from going ahead.”

The British Country Music Festival will provide a platform for over 100 singers and musicians on five different stages throughout the weekend and every artist due to perform in 2020 has been moved to 2021, to ensure no performer loses out on the chance to appear at the festival.

Supporting artists include Martin Harley, Holloway Road, Bailey Tomkinson, Kezia Gill, Blue Rose Code, Katy Hurt, Bennett Wilson Poole, Martin Harley, Cormac Neeson and Jess Thristan

The British Country Music Festival celebrates the best of UK country and Americana, the one exception for 2021 will be a guest performance from American breakthrough, country artist Candi Carpenter, of whom Dolly Parton said: “Candi Carpenter is one of the greatest singer-songwriters I’ve ever heard, bar none.

"I became a fan when I heard some demos and said, “That girl’s a star. I think you’ll agree.”

For more information and tickets visit www.britishcountrymusicfestival.com and follow @TBCMF on FaceBook and Twitter and #tbcmf on Instagram.