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Cockermouth LIVE! in conjunction with Lloyd Motor Group, Cockermouth
proudly presents this year's headline act . . .

Dr Feelgood @ The Kirkgate Centre
Saturday June 30th at 8pm

Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970’s, Dr. Feelgood have become one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world.

Dr. Feelgood have enjoyed a string of hits in many countries including "She’s a wind up", "Down at the Doctors", "Roxette", and their best-known hit single, "Milk & Alcohol".

The current line-up of the band is led by drummer Kevin Morris, and features Steve Walwyn on lead guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and charismatic vocalist, Robert Kane.

Tickets: £29 from the Kirkgate Box Office (01900-826448)

Supported by local blues band Crow Dog

Friday June 29th, 8pm
Brigham Memorial Hall

Cockermouth Argentine Tango Group present

Entre Rios Milonga

An authentic Buenos Aires Tango Milonga (Social Dance), with music by the great Tango Orchestras of the 30s and 40s. Non-dancers welcome! Free entry for all! Tea & Coffee, BYOB

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Saturday - Sunday June 30th - July 1st

Cockermouth's independent shops host art including works
produced through the Confluence project

Venues include:

Click here for more info and click here to view the Meanders trail map.

Saturday June 30th, 1pm - 6pm

Jennings Cooperage Bar

Local Rock Bands

Local rock bands perform from 1pm to 6pm.

Approximate timings:

This is a free event. Note that bands and running order are provisional.

Saturday June 30th, 1pm - 6pm

Fletcher Christian, Cockermouth

Local Rock Bands

Local rock bands perform from 1pm to 6pm.

Approximate timings:

This is a free event. Note that bands and running order are provisional.

Saturday June 30th, "Music Around The Town"

Live acoustic music in various venues

These are all free events. Note that artists and running order are provisional.

Saturday June 30th, Kirkgate Centre

Family Workshops

Meander & Confluence

Also on Sunday, July 1st, 1pm - 3pm

Saturday June 30th, 1pm - 5pm, Open Gardens Trail

Also from 1pm to 5pm, afternoon tea in Christ Church. All funds raised are for the Chidren's Society Cockermouth.

£3 - Map and tickets from the Linden Tree, Main Street, Cockermouth

Saturday June 30th, "Choirs, Ukuleles and More at the URC"

A lively mix of local choirs, ukuleles, dance & theatre!

Upstairs at the URC

Downstairs at the URC

URC Forecourt

Artists and running order to be confirmed.

Saturday June 30th, 1pm - 4pm
Jazz at Fredericks, Cockermouth

Enjoy some local jazz in the afternoon . . .

Featuring Jack Moore (sax), the MOjazzRS and Brian Melville’s mellow keys.


Saturday June 30th, "Dance"
Christ Church Rooms, Cockermouth

At 2pm, Scottish Country Dancing demonstration and have-a-go session. No experience necessary. Followed by clog dancing demonstration by Arwen Heaton.

At 3.15pm U3A Latin American Formation Dance Team give a sparkling demonstration and will then offer social dancing open to all.

Saturday June 30th, Drama Space
St.Joseph's Church Hall, Cockermouth

Saturday June 30th,
"The Confluence Project Exhibition"
The Kirkgate Centre

Celebrating a year-long exploration of the confluence of the River’s Cocker and Derwent by ecology artist David Haley and Riversmeet Community Cooperative with the town, catchment and people of Cockermouth the viewpoint exhibition brings together the varied elements of the project. Come and see the heritage that has inspired the project and see the temporary artworks created as part of the process including the Cockerfish lantern, young people’s shadow puppets, museum of extraordinary artifacts made by primary school children form All Saints and Fairfield School, and a film about the process. You can also view the ideas for the permanent work on the confluence site and material from the Heritage Groups archive we used as a stimulus for local people to explore ideas of heritage relating to the town and the rivers.

Saturday June 30th, Wordsworth House

A variety of music & performance in a wonderful setting

Details to be confirmed.

These are free events. Note that artists and running order are provisional.

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 will be led by Cockermouth Civic Trust. Tickets available from the Cockermouth Tourist Information Centre, located in Cockermouth Library (01900-822634).

Sunday July 1st, Christ Church, 2.30pm
The Papcastle Community Orchestra

"From the Land of the Mountain
and the Flood"

Conducted by Philip Wood, including a three movement symphony by Thomas Arne, music from Showboat and Mary Poppins, a lovely Sousa march and some war songs to commemorate the end of the first world war. Tickets £10 (accompanied children free) available from Billy Bowman's Music Shop, Lowther Went, Cockermouth.

Sunday July 1st, Kirkgate Centre, 7pm

Soul Junction

Closing this years festival, we’ve got a cracker for you. A full 8-piece band that packs dance floors and leaves audiences crying out for more!
Soul Junction - a great soul band with tight rhythm, sizzling brass section backing female vocals.

Tickets: £11 / £7 U18 & Student from the Kirkgate Box Office (01900-826448)

Volunteer as a Festival Steward

It's not too late to get involved in helping to run the festival. Stewarding is not difficult and is very rewarding. There will be a short briefing for stewards on Wednesday 27th June at 7.30pm in The Kirkgate Centre.

We can never have too many stewards – so if your group, band, organisation or whatever has not yet informed us of people who can help – please pass on this information to them – or bring them along on the day.

We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible – stewards from Cockermouth Live in the past – and those who are new to the event.

Contact us

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