14th November 2013
The festival allows for live music to be performed in intimate settings around the village. Venues include St James Church, a 12th century chancel, the Globe Hall, the Lion pub and a 600 seat main marquee. Only 600 tickets are available and the 2013 festival sold out long before the actual event. The festival is run over two days and gives a great boost to the local economy with visitors and local people attending.
The grant contributed towards professional sound and lighting installation, toilet and marquee hire. Peter Telford, a volunteer who organises the Music Matters Club for people with a learning disability said: “The 15 members of Music Matters Cumbria creative arts project, who attended the 2013 Ireby Festival, found the event inspiring, enjoyable, exciting and accessible. Experiencing live music of such high quality and affordability is rare these days, so it is important that Ireby continues its valuable contribution to Cumbrian culture.