Ireby Festival

Various Venues Wigton, Cumbria, Friday 01 Jun 2012 - Saturday 02 Jun 2012

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Ireby Festival

Friendly, feelgood folk in a beautiful Cumbrian location. Small is beautful!

With merely 150 inhabitants and just one local pub the small picturesque farming village of Ireby, which is situated on the Northern edge of the Lake District, creates an unforgettable and unique atmosphere at its yearly music festival. With a wide range of music genres and a main stage restricted to just 600 weekenders, Ireby festival is considered among the best for those with a real love for music in search of an intimate and authentic atmosphere. Anyone thinking of going should react fast to be part of one of the last festivals where the actual love for music and one another is still the main point of focus.

Headlining this year’s festival will be the internationally respected Irish folk group Altan who are celebrating over 25 years of playing together and have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage.

In complete contrast is a spectacular visual feast and fusion of tradition and modern dance from Time Gentlemen Please’ a twenty strong folk and hip hop dance extravaganza, featuring the award winning Demon Barber Road Show,

“Staging this year’s event which is our 10th, will be a major logistical challenge, we have to build a bigger main stage area and lighting rig to accommodate the production requirements of the headline artists” said festival director Charles Devlin.

One of the endearing features of Ireby festival is the desire to maintain a tradition of small is beautiful using venues throughout the village. Ireby also places a great deal of importance on promoting rising young talent the likes of James Findlay, Ewan McLennon, Lucy Ward and Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts all of whom have gained accolades from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Headlining the Saturday afternoon shows is Tarras supported by Winchester’s rising stars, Polly and the Billets Doux. In all, twenty two acts will be performing over the two day event.

Ticket prices range from £5 – £50 with concession for families including free weekend tickets for under 12years and concessions for under 17yr olds. Camping is also available. Full details and line up at

2012 line-up: Altan, Time Gentlemen Please!, Kieran Goss, Henry Priestman, Tarras, Ewan McLennan, Katriona Gilbert and Jamie Roberts, James Findlay, Lucy Ward, Mochara featuring Maurice Dickson and Catherine Ashcroft, Tollo’s Reunion, Les Barker, Polly and the Billets Doux, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Tinderbox