A local musician will be performing his first major gig back in Cumbria since lockdown restrictions have eased.

Paul Shepherd ,22, of Egremont, will be performing at The Boof in Whitehaven this August.

He is hoping that this will be a good opportunity to restart his gigging career after the long absence.

Mr. Shepherd said: β€œIt’s great to be back playing, at the start of lockdown I released an EP so it will be good to finally get the chance to perform it.”

Paul has been performing since he was thirteen and has been gigging since then.

Last year he took the opportunity to release music for the first time creating an EP called Hearing Is Believing.

It has had some success so far with hundreds of listeners on You Tube.

He describes himself as an alternative musician whose music is based mostly around acoustic guitar.

Paul has been told he will be playing on the Acoustic stage on either the 13th or 14th of August.

He said that this will be his first big homecoming gig in some time and he is delighted to be performing alongside some of the bigger names at the festival.

Some of the acts set to perform are The Pigeon Detectives and The Sherlocks.

Paul's next big gig will come not long after as he will be performing again at the Whitehaven Rugby League Ground on August 21st .

Mr. Shepherd said: "I'm looking forward to be working again as a musician and I am hoping to release more music this summer."