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 With the continuing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and its predicted existence in the UK well into 2021, Ireby Festival Committee have discussed the situation regarding Covid19.

 With great sadness, due to prevailing and predicted conditions, the decision has been taken to postpone the Ireby Festival scheduled for May 2021. 

In reaching this decision the Committee have taken into consideration the Government statements as to the possibility of a second wave of the pandemic as well as the statements given regarding gatherings in confined spaces, such as the festival marquee.  Government guidance is that mass gatherings should not take place.  We note that other events taking place in Cumbria during the remainder of 2020 have been cancelled.  Cumbria Constabulary will not give consent for festivals for the foreseeable future.  Other indications are that large gatherings scheduled for the first quarter of 2021 have been postponed until the summer.

The safety of artists, visitors, volunteers and the community in and around Ireby, remains our first priority. In addition, individual concerns over personal health & safety will no doubt impact the sale of festival tickets during the critical period that commences in September 2020.  The festival would, in the normal event, be largely sold out by the end of December. The uncertainty this causes exposes the festival to serious financial risk should ticket sales not achieve expected levels.

 As a festival we take seriously our obligations to ticket holders and artists alike, we have not taken the decision lightly but feel we have little choice in the postponement. 

We would like to welcome all festival goers on 27 & 28 May 2022.


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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