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Ireby Festival

For immediate Release.

Ireby Festival and The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

We enjoy Ireby festival as much as you do, that’s why we have planned our comeback.  Ireby Festival will be back in 2023!  having the disappointment of cancellation for Ireby festival 2021 (we remain subject to lockdown rules as we write). we look forward to planning another great festival for you.  However, there are matters completely outside our control that we must take account of.  It is important that we do this for the continuance of Ireby Festival into the future.

 With this in mind, we are aware that there is a special National celebration in 2022, namely:The Queen’s platinum Jubilee 2022 Celebrating the Queen’s 70th year as Monarchwhich will be held during Bank Holiday (which is being moved to June), thus creating a date clash with Ireby Festival.  A similar situation occurred some years ago and had a devasting impact on ticket sales as (understandably) our loyal fanbase wanted to celebrate at home with friends and families and join in the community Street parties.

As a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation, ticket revenue is essential to ensure that we can continue the festival for the enjoyment of all.  Regrettably, as a result of the National & Local Celebrations that will take place, we have made the decision to defer the Ireby Festival until Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May 2023.

Every effort is being made to maintain the line-up we had, more information will follow.

This is a great disappointment to us after the lockdowns, thank you for your understanding, look out on Social Media for further information and ticket sales for 2023.

Charles Payne

Festival Director



Ireby is a small farming village with a population of about 161. Situated on the north west edge of the Lake District National Park World Heritage Centre. It is 12 miles from Keswick  and Cockermouth and 18 miles from Carlisle.

This is the 18th Ireby Festival and over the years it has developed a reputation of early sell outs, so be sure to react fast to be part of one of the few festivals where the actual love for music and one another is still the main point of focus.

With a range of music to suit most tastes, performed in small intimate venues and a main stage venue restricted to just 650 people, Ireby festival presents an unforgettable and unique atmosphere and is considered among the best for those with a real love for live music.

From the main stage and camping area - looking towards Skiddaw

I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for the 2018 festival.

My wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly . We thought that the musicianship was second to none and clearly chosen with significant knowledge and understanding of the genre.

The organisation and friendliness of the staff on site was superb and most significantly the beer was good. We have been to many festivals but yours shone as being outstanding.

We will be back next year and thank you for all of your hard work in organising such an amazing event. Steve Spellar

I can say without hesitation that it is a wonderful event. Small, beautiful, great atmosphere, always a lovely crowd. When you couple that with a wide range of music - often some brilliant surprises - it all adds up to a special experience.

Paul Adams Director, Fellside Recordings, Workington.

(c) Ireby festival  2019