Ireby Festival

It is with sadness and considerable disappointment that the Directors of Ireby Festival CIC make the following announcement:

The directors of Ireby Festival CIC have agreed that the Ireby Festival is unable to continue. This is not a decision taken lightly as preparations for the 2023 Ireby Festival were well advanced.

With so many happy memories, we would like to thank everyone who attended the festival; the fans, campers and friends of the festival, the artists, the supporting businesses, the organisers and stewards, and everyone else who helped to make the festival such a success in years gone by. We will all miss it.

The Directors of Ireby Festival CIC (a not for profit organisation) made this decision due to a sudden and unexpected change in the financial circumstances which are beyond our control and we are not prepared to risk a situation where Festival Artists and service providers cannot be paid in full for their work.

Our loyal followers who hold tickets issued pre-pandemic and Lockdown will be reimbursed the value of their ticket. Holders of tickets purchased via Gigantic Ticketing Agency should approach them directly.

The Directors

Ireby Festival CIC

2 May 2022.

All enquiries to:

Ireby Festival CIC

Ireby Festival is a protected Trade Mark


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