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Cockermouth LIVE! is back in 2014
from 27th to 29th June

We hope to bring you an exciting and entertaining programme for 2014 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 28th in a variety of venues around town. We welcome applications from anyone who wants to perform.

This year we hope to feature a “Voicefest” for local singing groups and choirs. If you’re part of such an ensemble, Festivals Group chair, Bob Pritchard , would love to hear from you. Email:

Performer Applications

Please download the Application Form for details of how to apply for a performance slot at the 2014 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!

To volunteer, just email:

Contact us

If you have any queries please email us on:

Meanwhile, here's a reminder of what the 2013 festival was all about.

Friday 31st May 2013
Comedy night at the Kirkgate Centre with

Lucy Porter’s brand new show was based around a fascinating true story with a stunning twist in the tale. Along the way the thirty-something mum of “Irish twins” (not Jedward thankfully) brought us her hilarious stand-up observations. She tackled the big subjects : happiness, home shopping, friendship and the psychological impact of daytime TV’s Dom Littlewood. A feel-good night of comedy for all ages.

Lucy appears regularly on Radio 4 in "The Unbelievable Truth" and "Life: an Idiot’s guide".
She’s also featured in BBC2’s "I’m in a Boy Band!" "I’m in a girl Band" and "I’m a Pop star!"
"She’s like your witty friend who’s always brilliant company down the pub..." The Scotsman.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2pm
Cockermouth Castle Visits

By kind permission of the Dowager Lady Egremont

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

This was a very rare opportunity to look around the beautiful gardens in the castle ruins. Guided tours led by Cockermouth Civic Trust.

Saturday 1st June 2013
Cockermouth LIVE! at Christ Church

Top local bands performed in Christ Church from 1pm


Saturday 1st June 2013
Cockermouth LIVE! at URC

A varied programme of local choirs, trios, duos, and solo artists performed in the URC from 11am with the Cockermouth Mechanics Band starting proceedings in the URC courtyard.


Saturday 1st June 2013
Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company presents

This lively show for children 3+ was full of fun, feathers, laughter and excitement and featured original music and lots of audience participation! The friendly bus driver left us with one simple instruction: "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" However, the Pigeon was very clever and whined, bribed, pleaded and even sang a song to get his own way…


Saturday 1st June 2013, 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Kirkgate
Family Ceilidh with Mazurka

A free family-friendly ceilidh with music provide by Mazurka. The band played an eclectic folk mix, ranging from british to eastern european and klezmer.

Saturday 1 June 2013, 8pm, Kirkgate
Festival Party Night with BAKA BEYOND

20 years of mixing African and Celtic music in equal measures Baka Beyond has become one of the finest danceable bands around, creating the sound of the global village. With members from UK, Sierra Leone and Congo, they create a unique and vibrant sound that fuses delicate guitar lines with African rhythms and heavyweight Congolese bass. Not just a touring band, Baka Beyond have a unique relationship with their inspiration – the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon – sending royalties to help their development projects, and even touring with Baka musicians.
". . . if you are not dancing, maybe you should have someone check your pulse."

"The party atmosphere was irrepressible" Evening Standard

"A guaranteed good night out" Bristol Rocks

Sunday 2nd June 2.30pm, Christ Church
by Papcastle Community Orchestra & friends

A family concert with a varied programme, which included some very special soloists and household applicances!