Join Ian Prowse, Brian Nash and More at the Inaugural Bluebella Music Festival

Music-lovers are in for a treat on Saturday 18thof August, thanks to Belford’s first ever Bluebella Music Festival. Starting at 2pm, and with free entry, the festival promises to be a unique acoustic music event for all the family, with stellar acts confirmed – including headliners, Ian Prowse and Brian Nash.


Merseyside hero Prowse counts the late Radio 1 DJ John Peel among his fans and, with Pele and Amsterdam, has seen success all over the world. But, the acclaimed musician has never played to a Northumbrian audience – until now, that is.

“I can’t wait to play my first ever show in such a musical part of the country,” Prowse told Great Northumberland, adding, “I’ve read about Northumbria’s great and ancient folk traditions, and now I’ll get to be amongst them myself!”

As if the opportunity to see one musical legend isn’t enough, festival-goers will also spend their afternoon in the company of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s guitarist, Brian “Nasher” Nash. An iconic 80s band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood have enjoyed worldwide fame thanks in part to their UK smash hit, Relax, which hit No 1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1984.

The Bluebella Music Festival is taking place at The Blue Bell Hotel, and crams seven hours of music alongside a family chill out zone, festival food, an outside bar, and even a bouncy castle for the kids. Accommodation, including dog-friendly rooms, is also available for those wanting to make a memorable weekend of it in the beautiful Northumbrian scenery.

Folk songwriter, Phillip Rambow who will be playing at the Festival has always been a huge fan of the North, telling Great Northumberland, “From my very first tour of the North of the UK with the Winkies in 1973 to my own solo gigs in Scarborough in 2015, I have always had a strong connection to Northern venues and audiences. Live music seems to mean more to people [in the North] than down in the big smoke. I’m really happy to be asked to this debut gig and hope to be able to make new musical connections.”

Where does Bluebella Music Festival take place?

The Blue Bell Hotel, Market Place, Belford, NE70 7NE

When is everything happening?

 The FREE Festival starts at 2pm on Saturday 18th August and runs until 9pm. Why not make a weekend of it and book a room at The Blue Bell Hotel? Dog-friendly accommodation available!

What’s the full line-up?

 Ian Prowse

Brian Nash

Morrissey & Marshall 

Shaun Kelly & The Returned Gifts

Rosie Nimmo

Phillip Rambow

John Reynolds

Ed James