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‘Wellerman’ legend Nathan Evans Announced as Headliner

Nathan Evans

  • Nathan Evans to headline Gloucester Tall Ships Festival on Monday 27th May at Gloucester Docks.

  • Singer is famous for his pop twists on sea shanty classics including the 2021 number one viral hit ‘Wellerman’. Nathan joins Gloucester Tall Ships Festival’s biggest ever music line-up, marking a new direction for the event.

After weeks of teasing a secret headliner, Gloucester Tall Ships Festival has excitedly announced that global sensation and chart-topper Nathan Evans will close this year’s event, on Monday 27th May.


Renowned for his viral hit ‘The Wellerman’ as well as his anthemic rendition of ‘Heather on the Hill’, Nathan Evans will bring the spirit of Scotland to the banks of the Severn with his uplifting blend of shanty, pop, and folk music. Having built up a loyal following through TikTok, leading to his musical breakthrough, Nathan has secured a reputation as one of the most authentic and well-loved artists in the music industry. His Bank Holiday Monday performance is sure to be a highlight of the festival, entrancing audiences with his infectious energy and famously euphoric melodies.


The festival, which takes place from Saturday 25th – Monday 27th May at Gloucester Docks, promises to be a memorable celebration of music, maritime heritage, and global connections.


This new headliner announcement adds to the incredible line-up of performers already confirmed to appear at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival this year. From Brassienda’s infectious renditions of club classics to the foot-stomping tunes of Glastonbury and Bestival favourites The Old Time Sailors, along with local favourites The Roving Crows and Thrill Collins. Each day of the festival promises high-quality, high-energy performances to help audiences celebrate the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in style.


Among the confirmed Tall Ships are Phoenix, which recently featured in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Napoleon, along with Irene, which has featured in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice Through The Looking Glass. Additional immersive performances and a programme of family-friendly activities are still to be announced.


Commenting on his upcoming performance, Nathan Evans expressed his excitement, stating, “There is nothing I love more than playing for a live crowd and to get the chance to perform my songs against the backdrop of Gloucester Docks is going to be a moment to remember. With this being a Bank Holiday, I’m sure that everybody is going to be in the mood to have a good time!”


Don’t miss your chance to experience Nathan Evans, along a line-up of incredible performers at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival from 25th – 27th May. Tickets for all three days of the festival are available now online at Tall Ships website.




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About Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

The Gloucester Tall Ships Festival is a bi-annual celebration, which takes place at the historic Gloucester Docks and celebrates the city’s rich nautical history, which dates back to 1827. The event is a vibrant spectacle that draws tens of thousands of attendees across the weekend for entertainment including live music, immersive entertainment, sail cargo showcases, vintage fairground rides, family-friendly activities, and a local food and drink market.

The festival not only embraces the majestic tall ships that once dominated Gloucester Docks, but also the diverse cultures and connections fostered by the bustling port.

Gloucester Tall Ships is produced by Gloucester City Council and Gloucester BID, in partnership with Canal & River Trust and Gloucester Quays.

Ticketing info can be found here.


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