Three live concerts feature in Carlisle Arts Fest programme


AN impressive line-up of live music features in the programme for the first-ever Carlisle Arts Fest.

Shows at the Old Fire Station, The Source Collective and The Venue each include performances from a number of promising local acts, while the festival will also be staging workshops and other events.

Running from Thursday June 29 to Sunday July 2, each day will see a variety of daytime and evening events and a free, special family-fun day taking place within the city centre on Saturday July 1, including an outdoor stage showcasing live music and singing, street entertainment, dancing, and lots more still to be announced.

The festival will also feature art exhibitions, photography and graphic design elements.

The first live showcase night, at the Old Fire Station on Thursday June 29, from 7pm, features indie and rock bands, with Beachmaster arguably the best-known name on the bill. They are joined by highly-rated funk rock band Merigot Boost Sound, alt rock trio Kveis, and reggae-influenced Scottish outfit Leanne & The Radix, with Tim Baugh playing a solo acoustic set.

Tim is back the next night too, when the show moves to The Source Collective. on the Friday 30 line-up, he appears alongside seven other solo acts: Clare Roberts, Emily Reay, KJ Woods, Kyle Newrick, Dan Mason, Barrie Wilson and Paul Quigley all playing live from 7pm.

An eclectic evening at The Venue on Saturday July 1, from 8pm, will be headlined by hometown rock 'n' roll act Hardwicke Circus. Indie rock outfit WeAreQuasars also feature highly, with grunge act Holiday, up-and-comers The Deekabouts, well-established Kendal covers act Fred and the Steam Machine, the League of Ukulele Gentlemen, solo artist Paul Quigley, and sets from the Unity Sessions and DJ Kuvocha.

The event is the brainchild of University of Cumbria performing arts students Hollie Bragg and Lucie Bodenham, who have formed The Festivents Company.

Hollie says: "Myself and Lucie are really looking forward to this year's Carlisle Arts Fest and we have an extremely hard-working team who have helped us bring it all together.

"We are so grateful for the support we have received in the run up to the event and can't wait to showcase the amazing talent we have lined up.

"We hope to return in 2018 with the support of the Cumbria community this summer, so come along and enjoy the show."

Each of the live music nights are ticketed individually, or a pass can be bought to cover the whole programme. For more information, visit

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