Editor’s Pick – May/June
From international acts to feel-good fundraisers, our Editor picks the events not to be missed over the coming months.
23 May, The Brickyard
Known for his exhilarating live shows, Miles Kane is back on the road and is playing an unmissable show at The Brickyard this summer. The co-frontman of the Last Shadow Puppets and former frontman of the band, Rascals, he is currently working on a new record, his first solo material since 2013’s acclaimed ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’.
Race for Life Pretty Muddy
9 – 10 June, Lowther Castle, Penrith
The largest women-only fundraising event in the UK gets a muddy makeover. Cancer Research UK bring their Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course to Lowther Castle. Scramble over the A-frame, crawl through the mud pit, have fun with your friends and raise valuable funds for beating cancer. Over the weekend there are various events, including a kids’ Pretty Muddy and if rolling around in the mud isn’t for you, there’s a regular 5k and 10k Race for Life to choose from.
The Fountain Gallery 7 Years On
14 – 30 June, Old Fire Station
Wigton’s Fountain Gallery is celebrating its seventh anniversary, with a special exhibition at the Old Fire Station. Since it opened in 2011, The Fountain Gallery has been owned and run by a cooperative of local artists and craftspeople who exhibit their work there. To celebrate seven successful years of operations, the gallery members are holding an one-off exhibition showcasing the work of over 25 artists, including, past and present members. www.solwaycrafts.co.uk
17 June, Brunton Park
Cumbria will be dancing all night long, when International superstar Lionel Richie brings his live tour to Brunton Park this June. Performing hits from his extensive and much loved repertoire spanning decades, all the way from the Commodores to the present day, Richie’s shows are world renowned for their party atmosphere. Fans will be able to enjoy timeless mega-hits and sing along to classics such as ‘Lady’, ‘Truly’, ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, ‘Hello’ and ‘All Night Long’. ticketmaster.com
23 June, Old Fire Station
Emily’s music is magnificent, but it’s her story that makes her truly remarkable. She started writing songs when she found herself stuck at home with a chronic illness and then gave up her flat in London for a self-sufficient lifestyle in the Australian bush, selling goats cheese to fund her music. Since the success of her critically acclaimed albums she has toured the UK with some of the with some of the world’s great singer-songwriters including American legend Don McLean. She returns to the Old Fire Station for a second time. www.oldfirestation.carlisle.city
13 July, Sands Centre
Following his sell out 2017 show, the critically acclaimed and award winning Stand Up comedian returns to Carlisle with a brand new live tour. His TV show on ‘Comedy Central’ has featured guests including Jimmy Carr, Joel Dommett, Joey Essex and Sara Pascoe, he’s a Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place. This one’s sure to sell out, so snap tickets up while you still can. www.thesandscentre.co.uk
The Barber of Seville Opera
14 July, Kirklinton Hall
For the fourth year of the truly unique ‘Opera in the Ruins’, The Regents Opera Company present The Barber of Seville in the spectacular surroundings of Kirklinton Hall. Keep fingers crossed for nice weather and enjoy a picnic in the gardens beforehand, indulge at the champagne bar, then relax and enjoy another fabulous performance. All profits from the event will go to The British Red Cross. For tickets visit www.kirklintonhall.co.uk