Arriving at the festival on Friday 27 May:
If you are camping, the camp fields open at 11am.
Festival Office opens at 12noon.
Non campers car park fields open at 1pm.
All venues open 15 minutes before performances commence.
14.00 the Globe Hall: Will McNicol and Liuke Selby - The BeauBowBelles Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith - Clutching At Straws.
15.15 St James’ Church: Chapin Wicker - Wes Finch - Luke Jackson Trio.
19.15 Skiddaw View Stage: Weikie - The Changing Room - Kate Rusby.
23.00 The Globe Hall: The Swing Commanders.
A detailed programme will be available at the Festival Office.
Ireby is a small farming village with a population of about 160. It is situated on the north west edge of the Lake District National Park; 12 miles from Keswick and Cockermouth and 18 miles from Carlisle
With a range of music to suit most tastes, performed in small intimate venues and a main stage restricted to just 600 people, Ireby festival presents an unforgettable and unique atmosphere and is considered among the best for those with a real love for live music.
This is the festival’s 14th year and it has developed a reputation for selling out early, so be sure to 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.
I have to admit to being biased because Charles & Noleen have asked me to MC ever since the Festival started - for which I feel privileged - but as I have nothing to do with the organisation 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. So, thanks for putting it on (and thanks for letting me make a prat of myself in front of a marquee full of people!) - I wouldn't have it any other way!
Paul Adams - Director, Fellside Recordings, Workington.