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Ireby Festival  


 For immediate release

Ireby Festival May 2020                                                 9 March 2020

It is with great regret that the Committee and the Directors of the Ireby Festival 2020 have to announce its cancellation for this year and postponement until May 2021.

As you know, Ireby Festival has always been run with the community in mind by volunteers, not for profit and has had no commercial financial input. We are grateful for the support granted to us by the previous Ireby Festival committee.

There are significant costs in running a festival. In the current climate of growing Public Health concern relating to COVID19 (Coronavirus), against which there is no insurance available, we are mindful of the potential health and financial implications.

Whilst having reached 70% ticket sales, with coronavirus concerns and the risk of future Government measures; that we are unable to insure the coronavirus risk, and guarantee income, we are unable to continue with the Ireby Festival in 2020. 

 We would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported our endeavour to retain the festival in 2020.  

 As well as a full refund being available, we would like to offer all ticket holders and participants the opportunity to retain their tickets and join us for Ireby Festival 2021.

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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