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Silloth Music and Beer Festival

Big Country
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[N]orth Cumbria’s biggest and most ambitious music and beer festival, Silloth Music And Beer Festival celebrates its 16th year and once again looks set to surpass itself again this year with another superb line-up of great beers and fantastic music.

Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th September are the dates for your diary with 2016’s highlights including a headlining slot on Saturday from Scottish rock music legends Big Country. Formed in the 80s, Big Country featured heavily in the UK charts with hits like ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘In A Big Country’, ‘Look Away’ , ‘Chance’ and ‘Wonderland’. Much in demand the band make their first ever appearance in Silloth.

Roy and girls Motown Hits show
Roy and girls Motown Hits show

Roy G Hemmings Motown & Philadelphia On Tour show return on Friday evening. Roy and his band are guaranteed to raise the rafters (or a marquee roof!) with their high-quality performance of the classic sounds of Detroit’s Motor City and Philly.

There’s a fantastic range of great acts appearing throughout the extended weekend including a generous helping of the cream of Cumbrian talent including Miss vocally versatile herself, Cindy Hoten with her Cindy & The Bullets; the hard-rocking sound of Workington’s AWOL; Maryport’s very own and much in demand blues-rockers South Quay; Cleator Moor’s own kings of Irish folk, roots and beyond D’Bleedin’ Blaggards; West Cumbria’s finest singer-songwriter duo John & Wayne; and Cumbria’s dynamic tribute to Thin Lizzy, Five And Dangerous.

There’s always something for everyone at Silloth Music And Beer Festival with other performers including the acclaimed Dumfries-based singer-songwriter Jake Scott otherwise known as Stoney Broke,  Wigan-based hard-rocking five-piece Bigfoot, Cumbria-based cover bands in the shape of Lunar 5 and Superfly offering a fine ‘something for everyone’ show. There are also tribute bands too in the shape of The Fine Times who present their splendid homage to Britpop and rock, and of course Who’s Next and Bryan Adams Experience who really need no introduction.

Our Kids Zone Marquee will be available on Sunday, our traditional family day.

As ever, there will be over seventy-five real ales and ciders for you to try and to work your way through, from thirst-quenching old favourites to palate-pleasing newcomers. In addition to these we will also be offering draught lager, draught cider, perry cider, white, red and rosé wine, a selection of Alco pops, soft drinks and cordials.

The Silloth area boasts many camping sites, Holiday Parks, hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation to cater to your needs. So it’s easy to stay and enjoy the entire festival weekend.

Over the past fifteen years many thousands of people have attended the festival. It is well supported by the local community and by local businesses, and it’s always a pleasure to see those who’ve travelled to the town specifically for the event. We have regulars from right across Cumbria and with many more coming from much farther afield.

The Silloth Music And Beer Festival remains a non-commercial event, and any profits generated are ploughed back into other events in Silloth throughout the year.

The best way to enjoy the festival is to buy a four-day festival pass, which costs £50. This gives you access to all five sessions across the weekend.

Or why not take advantage of our bargain deal of three nights’ accommodation for two (at Stanwix Holiday Complex in Silloth a mere 150 yards from the festival site) and two weekend tickets for a bargain £99

Individual passes are also available as follows:

  • Thursday (7pm – Midnight) £10.
  • Friday (7pm – Midnight) £22.
  • Saturday Afternoon (12 – 5pm) £8.
  • Saturday Night (7pm – Midnight) £22.
  • Sunday Afternoon (1pm – 6pm) £9.
  • Exclusive to Sunday, a family ticket will be on sale, the price of which is £15.00 and will admit 2 adults and 2 children.


Winters Newsagents, Silloth: Tickets are available in person (cash only).

Carnegie Theatre, Workington: Tickets are available in person or over the phone. Tel: 01900 602122.

Ticketweb: Tickets will be available online at

NB: This is a beer festival: admittance after 7pm is strictly limited to over-18s and proof of age may be requested and, if warranted, admittance refused.

Silloth Music Festivals Ltd. reserve the right to change advertised band listing. 

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