Cockermouth LIVE! is back in 2016
from 24th to 26th June

We hope to bring you an exciting and entertaining programme for 2016 and hope you will give us your support. We're now finalising plans for this year's festival and will be making some announcements soon. While headline acts are still to be confirmed, the usual mix of great music from the best of local performers will take place on Saturday 25th in a variety of venues around town. We welcome applications from anyone who wants to perform.

However, before the main event . . .

Cockermouth LIVE! @ The Kirkgate Centre Saturday April 16th at 8pm
Tickets £8, £5 for U18/JSA (doors open 7.30)

Re-live some of the highlights of last June's Cockermouth LIVE! event, and get a flavour of what's in store for 2016. With an eclectic mix of music and poetry, including Cockermouth singer songwriter Katy-Lou, local wordsmith Annie Kendall, Cumbrian folk legends Yis Aye (who were a favourite of the crowd in the Cock and Bull) and many more. There will be plenty of opportunity on the night to find out more about joining in with this year's weekend of music, theatre and fun, which will be held over the last weekend of June. All proceeds from the night will go towards the Friends of the Kirkgate fundraising total, to help secure the future of the Kirkgate Centre. You can find Cockermouth LIVE!, and the Kirkgate Centre, on facebook and twitter to keep up to date with all the news.

Watch this space for further announcements . . .

Performer Applications

Please download the Application Form for details of how to apply for a performance slot at the 2016 festival.


We need volunteers to help organise and run the festival. There’s a role to suit everyone. Please volunteer if you can – it’s a great way to get involved and meet new people, while helping the Cockermouth LIVE! festival be a great success!

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Meanwhile, here's a reminder of the 2015 festival

Felicity Aston MBE: Alone In Antarctica

In January 2012, almost 100 years to the day after Captain Scott reached the South Pole, Felicity Aston became the first woman in history to ski across Antarctica alone. For 59 days Felicity dragged 85kg of supplies 1744km across the coldest continent on earth, enduring temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees and storm force winds. Find out what it took to spend two months alone in this extreme, treacherous, yet beautiful environment. In recognition of Felicity's expeditions and polar exploration she was this year awarded an MBE and the Polar Award.
This is an illustrated talk with footage and images from Felicity's expedition.

Blunderbus Theatre: Duck In A Truck

Based on the best selling book by acclaimed children's author Jez Alborough, this funny, silly, yucky, mucky show will have you giggling away, singing along and laughing out loud. Ducklings aged 3-7 years old will love this hilarious tale, but for those grown up ducks who waddle along, they'll have lots of fun too. It's totally quackers! Join duck and his friends in this happy new adventure with puppetry, sing-along songs and plenty of opportunities to join in along the way.

Family Bunting Workshop

Inspired by the BBC Ten Pieces project which has been inspiring children from local schools to make creative responses to 10 pieces of classical music. Help decorate our Ten Pieces bunting and celebrate this wonderful musical journey using your imagination.

Local Performers

A free festival of local talent in the following venues:

Old Cockermouth

Eric Cass presents another fascinating collection of historic slides of Cockermouth in bygone days.

Open Mic Session in the Kirkgate Theatre

A folk / acoustic open mic session for everyone, led by members of tonight's Irish band, The Jeremiahs.

The Jeremiahs

A carpenter, a farmer, a Frenchman and a teacher walk into a bar and the barman says, "is this some kind of a joke?"
The Jeremiahs combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of urban folk music. Since founding on 2013, the quartet have trailblazed across Ireland and Europe playing some of the top venues and festivals.

Crow Dog
@ The Fletcher Christian

Crow Dog plays an innovative mix of classic, contemporary, and original blues, and prides itself on performing exceptional blues material and well-crafted original songs with stunning guitar work, a tight rhythm section and clean vocal harmonies.

Cockermouth Castle Visits

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Egremont

The first castle was built by the Normans in 1134, with significant additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries.

This is another opportunity to look around the beautiful gardens in the castle ruins. Guided tours led by Cockermouth Civic Trust.

3D Printing Demos & Workshops at the FAB LAB, Derwent Mills, Cockermouth.

It's the future, right here in Cockermouth, but what's it all about? Come along and see for yourself - and have a go! FREE event - over the footbridge to Memorial Gardens and follow the signs.

Kirkgate Youth Theatre presents
Fact, Faith or Fiction?

Would we lie to you? Tall stories and true tales performed by our own Kirkgate Youth Theatre groups. Can you tell if they are telling the truth or spinning a yarn? Come along and find out at this special performance created for the festival by the young people themselves, under the direction of Jeff Wallcook from Trellis Arts.

Festival Concerts at Christ Church

Cockermouth Harmonic Society

Mozart & Haydn, conducted by Ian Thompson,
with the Lonsdale Baroque Orchestra

Papcastle Community Orchestra

The Magic Flute to the Ugly Duckling
conducted by Dr Philip Wood

A family concert with music for everyone.