Today’s nostalgia section takes a look back at some highlights during live music events that have happened in Cumbria over the years.

On Friday, Liam Gallagher announced that he will be performing at Knebworth Park in North London, 25 years after Oasis played to 250,000 music fans at the venue. Data compiled by music magazine Billboard reveals that new fans are entering or re-entering the market for concert tickets, because either they're buying tickets for the first time or are eager to participate in a communal experience after a year in lockdown.

Cumbria has seen some of the most well-known acts in British music arrive over the years, with Rod Stewart and Manchester band The Stone Roses taking to Carlisle back in 2016, as well as Sir Tom Jones and Elton John both visiting the area during big UK tours. The area has also had its fair share of musicians hitting the big time, with Lee Brennan from 90’s boyband 911 and Marillion singer Steve Hogarth hailing from Carlisle and Kendal respectively.

The county is home to some of the country’s biggest live music festivals. Kendal Calling attracts 25,000 visitors to the grounds of Lowther Castle each year, and features some of pop music's best-known acts performing across nine different stages. Although the festival was called off for 2021, music lovers were able to attend Solfest, operated by a team of volunteers who strive to keep the festival free from corporate sponsorship. This year, acts including Basement Jaxx, Razorlight and Maximo Park took to North Lakes Country Park to perform to a sell-out crowd.

As well as the large events, we also see performances on a much smaller scale on a near daily basis. From concerts in a beer garden to a weekly open-mic evening in a pub, Cumbria is a hub for musical talent. With venues in Carlisle like The Brickyard and the Old Fire Station, to Cockermouth’s Rosehill Theatre and the Florence Arts Centre in Egremont, there will always be a performance taking place.

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