The Sound of Summer


The summer months will see a line-up of international acts head to stages across Cumbria. Whether you’re staying in the city or venturing further afield, we’ve got the lowdown on the names not to be missed.  


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Lionel Richie & Shane Filan  

17 June, Brunton Park, Carlisle  

Cumbria really will be dancing all night long, when Westlife frontman, Shane Filan joins Lionel Richie for his ‘All the Hits’ concert at Brunton Park. Over 14 years with the boyband, Shane amassed no fewer than 14 UK number one hits, 11 top 5 albums and over 50 million records sold worldwide. He is bound to get the crowd warmed up for the world-renowned party atmosphere of Richie’s shows, featuring classics such as ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, ‘Hello’ and ‘All Night Long’.  


Paloma Faith 

7 July, Carlisle Racecourse 

Chart-topper Paloma Faith, will headline an open-air concert at Carlisle Racecourse this July. With her acclaimed Number 1 album ‘The Architect’ riding high in the charts and a BRIT nomination for Best British Female, Paloma is the latest in a long line of stars to headline the event, which combines an exciting evening at the races with a spectacular live concert.   


The Magic Numbers 


4 June, Old Fire Station, Carlisle  

The pop rock four piece are back with a new album and with it an exciting Cumbrian gig at the Old Fire Station. Following four successful albums to date and numerous top 20 chart hits, the crowdfunded new record, Outsiders comes out this spring. Expect to hear the hit singles Forever Lost, Love Me Like You, Love’s A Game and Take A Chance feature in the live set alongside material from the new album.  


Gaz Coombes  

14 June, The Brickyard 

British Indie legend Gaz Coombes comes to The Brickyard on Thursday 14 June, for one of his six solo dates across the UK. The Mercury Prize nominee, best known as as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the alternative rock band Supergrass, returns in support of his new solo album ‘World’s Strongest Man’, with a gig not to be missed.  


The Proclaimers  

28 July, Sands Centre, Carlisle  

Twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid emerged 31 years ago with their debut album ‘This Is The Story’. Since then their enduring appeal across generations has seen them enjoy huge success across the globe. With their timeless songs, The Proclaimers have carved out a niche for themselves in the netherworld where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide. This summer sees the release of their 11th studio album and a UK tour, including another visit to Carlisle.  


Melanie C  

6 August, Carlisle Racecourse 

Global pop star Melanie C will lead a sensational ‘Party In The Paddock’ at the Racecourse’s annual Ladies Night. Number One solo artist and acclaimed West End Star, Melanie will perform a not-to-be-missed post-racing DJ set on Monday 6 August as Carlisle hosts the UK’s only all-female jockey race meeting to celebrate women in racing. With rumours of another Spice Girls reunion on the cards, ‘Girl Power’ will be in abundance.



29 June, Cartmel Racecourse  

Yes, Ronan, Keith, Mikey and Shane, better known as Boyzone, will perform a live open-air concert at Cartmel Races this summer. Having had 21 top 40 singles, six UK number ones and still going strong, their 2018 tour marks the bands 25th anniversary and gives the foursome a chance to celebrate their pop achievements with their fans. Those fans will no doubt be travelling from far and wide to catch the guys perform in South Lakes.  


The Fratellis  

24 – 26 August, Solfest, nr Aspatria  

Cumbria’s most eclectic music festival looks set to have another cracking lineup this year, but the standout act has to be Scottish rockers, The Fratellis who will headline the Drystone Stage. With a mass of well-known hits under their belts including ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and ‘Whistle for the choir’ to name just a couple, they recently earned themselves a third top five album. It’s a festival first for the area, the band haven’t visited the region 2006 when they played The Brickyard.  


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