This year's headliners are Alfie Moore and the fantastic
Gigspanner Big Band with their first ever gig in Cumbria!

We also have lots of local talent at local venues including
on Sunday afternoon, the Papcastle Community Orchestra

Applications to perform at this year's event have now closed,
but we are still open for donations via our justgiving page!

Preview Video
Have a look at the preview video on our YouTube channel.

Alfie Moore - It's A Fair Cop (Work in Progress)

The Kirkgate Centre, Friday 1st July at 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Alfie Moore to the Kirkgate and Cockermouth LIVE,
with his hit show "It’s A Fair Cop"

In eighteen years as a cop on the beat, Alfie Moore 'has seen it all'. In addition to all that policing knowledge and experience, he has a wealth of hilarious stories you ‘just couldn’t make up’. His hit BBC Radio 4 Comedy series "It's A Fair Cop" is the perfect vehicle for Alfie to skilfully blend succinct layman explanations about the law, with very funny anecdotes from his own policing experiences, whilst taking the audience through a real-life scenario with which he has dealt.

The premise of the show is that Alfie 'swears in' you, the audience, as police officers for the night and, as the scenario unfolds, you are challenged by the real moral dilemmas that police officers on the street face every day and invited to say what real-time decisions you would have made. Often with unexpected and entertaining results!

With the benefit of hindsight decisions made by police officers on the street can look like 'howlers' after the event (or in the press) but officers often have to make snap decisions based only on the information that they have in front of them. Sometimes only seconds to make very difficult decisions – and you will get to have a taste of how this feels.

Alfie’s show features new material as a 'work in progress', being developed for further Radio 4 series.

"A large dash of gallows police humour" - The Telegraph

"Fascinating, funny and weirdly life-affirming" - The Guardian

"He’s a very funny man" - Rhod Gilbert

"Brilliantly funny, genuinely hiilarious" - David Mitchell

Tickets: £12.50 from The Kirkgate 01900 826448 or via

Peter Knight's Gigspanner Big Band

The Kirkgate Centre, Saturday 2nd July at 8pm

Our Saturday Big Gig headliners are playing their first gig in Cumbria,
and it’s here at the Kirkgate for Cockermouth LIVE!

The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as 'melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre'.

Beginning life as a trio, the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band with acclaimed previous visitors to the Kirkgate, Edgelarks (multi-instrumental duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire John Spiers joining the fray. As collaborations go, it doesn’t get more mouth-watering than this!

While Peter Knight, as part of Steeleye Span’s classic 1970s line-up, helped invent a brand of folk rock that is still influential today, John Spiers, has had an equally profound impact on the landscape of traditional music over the last two decades.

Characterised by riotous inventiveness, technically gifted individual playing and subtle collaborative interaction, this coming together of several of the biggest names on the folk-roots scene, combines a deep knowledge of roots traditions with a ceaselessly boundary pushing approach.

"Taking self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, they produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered within a wealth of subliminal musical influences with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator" - Spiral Earth

"One of the best live bands you are likely to see this year, or any year for that matter" – Folk Radio UK

"Totally blown away by the spellbinding Gigspanner set at Cropredy. Lost for words…" –

"What a fabulous team they make together, producing a startingly new musical form with few, if any, true antecedents. The flights of musical and interpretive fancy are staggering in their natural invention" – Fatea Magazine

"Amazing… a force to be reckoned with – they storm every stage they walk on" – Mike Harding

Tickets: £27.50 from The Kirkgate 01900 826448 or via

Saturday July 2nd, Music at Cockermouth Castle

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Egremont


Open air performances in the outer bailey of Cockermouth Castle.

We are delighted to be able to return to Cockermouth Castle again this year with a variety of performances from local music, singing, and drama groups.

and from 13.15 to 13.45 Kirkgate Youth Theatre presents:
"The Two Lucys" and "Goody and Harry"

Kirkgate Youth Theatre bring you a fresh look at two of Wordsworth’s narrative poems. What is that sound of singing that Lucy can hear on the moor? Should Harry help Goody, should Goody curse Harry, and who do the blackberries belong to?

Saturday July 2nd, 1.30pm - 5.30pm

Fletcher Christian, Cockermouth

Local Bands

We have three fantastic local bands performing in The Fletcher Christian from 1.30pm to 5.30pm:

Saturday July 2nd, in the afternoon 2pm - 4pm
Jazz at Shills, Cockermouth

Enjoy some local jazz in the afternoon . . . NICE!


* Rose Finn – the jazz set - smooth jazz vocals

* MOJazzRS (Members Only Jazz Rhythm Section)
A jazz rhythm section, playing always as a team.
Familiar tunes, transporting you to other times and
places both near and far.

Saturday July 2nd, Wordsworth House

A variety of performance in a wonderful setting

Performing in the dining room (with free entry to Wordsworth house & garden)

Saturday July 2nd, United Reform Church



11.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.00 SQUARING THE CIRCLE
A fun Family Workshop with Sophia Aatcha to create your own Kandinsky style patterns (illustration) and help to create a giant create artwork!

Saturday July 2nd,
The Town's Piano in
Kings Arms Lane

And after that, it’s all yours.

Saturday July 2nd, St.Joseph's Church Hall

2.30pm - Fit 'N' Active Drama Group presents "Getting On"

"Getting On" is another hilarious sketch show written and performed by the Fit ‘N’ Active Theatre Company, the performance title of the Cockermouth U3A Drama Group. They are appearing at Cockermouth LIVE! as part of their latest tour of local village halls. If you have an appetite for wit and laughter this is the show for you.

Saturday July 2nd, Christ Church Rooms

14.00 - 15.00 Scottish Country Dance Group.

Come and try Scottish Country Dancing – great exercise for body and mind, and great fun.

Saturday July 2nd, Moon & Sixpence

Start the day with a reggae DJ Miss Chop!

10.15 Dave Camlin
11.00 Tim & Helen Elvin
11.45 Rachel Caine
12.30 Owen Evans
13.00 Miss Chop (Reggae) 14.00 The Sessionistas
14.45 Red Sky

and let's wrap things up with some more reggae from Miss Chop!

Saturday July 2nd, Seth's Bar

Saturday July 2nd, Kirkgate Centre,
Theatre Upstairs

10am to 12 noon
Richard Smithson and friends present:

Wain-Writes is a showcase of new writing about Lakeland. Come and listen to a selection of short stories by local people, supported by a slide show. Whether factual, fictional, gripping or comic, each story aims to entertain. If you would like to contribute a story, email with ‘Wain-Writes’ in the subject line. Alternatively, just turn up with your story on the day.

Saturday July 2nd, Kirkgate Centre, Egremont Room

Starting from the Kirkgate Centre at 10am

Join the Urban Sketchers on "Picturesque Kirkgate" (part of the MEANDERS programme)

Artists from the Urban Sketchers group will be meeting to coincide with the Cockermouth LIVE events at the Kirkgate Centre. The aim is to observe and sketch the atmosphere of the festival - everyone is welcome, just bring your sketchpad and favourite materials.

Sunday July 3rd, Christ Church, 2.30pm
The Papcastle Community Orchestra

Present their annual festival concert:

"Here We Go Again!"

From ABBA to Bacharach, music for royal occasions, music from theatre and screen.
With songs and dances old and new. A concert for all the family. Music by ABBA, Alwyn, Arnold, Bacharach, German, Frank Loesser and many more...

Tickets £10.00 (accompanied children free)
from Billy Bowman's Music Shop, Lowther Went

Support Cockermouth LIVE! via "Just Giving"

The Festival is run by volunteers, with minimal funding. Your donation (however big or small) would be invaluable in meeting the necessary costs, including insurance and publicity.
We've opened a Just Giving page to help with funding for this year's Cockermouth LIVE! event. Weʼre trying to raise £500 to cover associated costs - every pound helps - we really need your support!
Thank you!

You can keep in contact with us via our usual e-mail address
and, of course by checking for any further news via the website.

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