By Rachael Grealish
Jonny Brown and Bad Nerves have both been added to the line-up of 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 back in April – with new acts added today, Tuesday July 20.
Jonny Brown is no stranger to Cumbria, as the frontman of Twisted Wheel he’s made several appearances in the area.
The performer is also no stranger to the big stage – in the past he’s supported Liam Gallagher, performed at Leeds and Reading and even got number one for his 2018 single ‘Jonny Guitar’.
Bad Nerves reign from Essex as an up and coming punk group and have been described as an ‘adrenaline-fuelled injection’ when performing.
The group will not only be performing at the Boof Festival, but they’ll be making a second Cumbrian appearance at The Yellow Earl in September.
When adding new acts the organisers looked to more female acts including; Chelsea Reynolds and The Little Lies who’s front woman is none other than West Cumbria’s own Zoe Warren.
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 were set to perform at Kendal Calling before the event was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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.”
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 are on sale now – separate day tickets and weekend tickets may still be available.
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