The Boof Is Back After A Six-Year Hiatus For A Post-COVID Festival

By Rachael Grealish

The Sherlocks, The Pigeon Detectives, The Snuts and Kyle Falconer are all set to headline the Mighty Boof festival as it makes its return.

After a six year hiatus – one more than intended by the organisers – the West Cumbrian festival is returning this summer to Copeland Stadium, it was announced today, Friday April 9.

Kicking off on Friday August 13, until Saturday 14, the music festival will also have the likes of The Lottery Winners, The Northern Threads, Daytime TV, The Family Rain, COLT 45 and Springfield Band joining the headliners.

The Snuts, who will take to the main stage on the Friday night, are the first Scottish band to have a number one album in 14 years and will certainly be bringing that energy to their performance.

The Sherlocks and the Lottery Winners are no strangers to Cumbria – or even the Mighty Boof events – and will even be performing at Kendal Calling just weeks before.

This is the first time since 2015 the Might Boof is back for Cumbrian audiences – but one of the organisers, Liz Cannon, told The Herdwick News it wasn’t meant to be six year hiatus it became.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic bringing the music industry to its knees a planned festival was scrapped for 2020.

Liz explained opening the Whitehaven bar The Yellow Earl with fellow Boof organiser, Danny Maudling, meant festival planning had to take a back seat, then the pandemic took hold.

She said: “Its good to get back to what we started doing. Everyone’s eager to get out after COVID and what better way of celebrating than with a Boof gig. Just like old times.

“It had been so long since our last one, we were supposed to do one last year but, obviously, COVID-19 happened,” she continued.

“We had just gotten busy with doing The Yellow Earl but really started to miss that festival vibe so decided we had settled in to The Earl now so it was back to doing what we’ve always done.”

Of course, one question on everyone’s mind with the latest news of COVID vaccine passports for events is, will the Boof be implementing this practice for festival goers?

Liz said: “I don’t think we will be going down this route, but you never know.”

Other Cumbrian-based bands and performers will be taking to the Boof stage and there will even be a collection of DJs.

Tickets for the Boof festival go on sale tomorrow, Saturday April 10, from 9am – separate day tickets and weekend tickets will be available.

Click here for ticket information.