The Vaccines And Jake Bugg To ‘Lose Their Minds’ As Whitehaven Alive 2023 Headliners

By Rachael Grealish

Indie legends The Vaccines and Jake Bugg will be the Saturday night headliners of Whitehaven Alive 2023, it has been announced.

It was revealed today, Wednesday, March 22, the chart-toppers will be headlining the Mitie Main Stage on Saturday, September 9, for the return of West Cumbria’s newest festival.

Whitehaven Alive takes place over the weekend of September 8 to 10 all along Whitehaven Harbour, with it confirmed the concerts will take place at the Quay Street car parks.

The Vaccines Excited To ‘Lose Their Minds’ In Whitehaven

With ten albums to date, including 2012’s number 1 record, Come Of Age, The Vaccines are sure to rock the main stage – with the frontman Justin Young saying they’re excited to come ‘lose our minds’ in Whiteahven.

(Left) The Vaccines and (right) Jake Bugg set to headline Whitehaven Alive 2023.

Justin said: “Nothing and nowhere beats playing festivals in the UK. It’s increasingly rare we get to go do it somewhere new for the first time, so we’re incredibly excited to come and lose our minds with the good people of Whitehaven in September and give them every last bit of blood, sweat and tears we have left!”

29-year-old Jake Bugg is a British singer-songwriter whose first album, the self-titled ‘Jake Bugg’ reached number 1 in the UK album charts in 2012. Jake has since gone on to have five top-selling albums and countless headline live performances across the world.

Joining the support bill for the Saturday evening concerts will be Tribes, a four-piece indie rock band, and local bands The Northern Threads and Danny Dunnery.

Organisers Excited To See Line-Up Come Together

Oliver Hodgson Founder and Executive Director said: “It’s brilliant to see our line-up start to come together for this year’s Whitehaven Alive festival, last year’s inaugural event was a great success for the area, and we’re really looking forward to building on that for 2023.

“The artists we’re pulling into the town across the weekend are incredible and will provide a much bigger platform for all the local talent that’ll also be joining headliners on the Mitie Main Stage.”

Alive Entertainment Group and joined forces with Mitie to sponsor the main stage. Credit: Platinum Live

At the beginning of this year, Oliver went into partnership with the seasoned festival organisers Liz Cannon and Danny Maudling – who for over a decade were part of the team behind the Boof Festivals and have now joined the team as executive directors of the Alive Entertainment Group.

Danny said: “We’re thrilled with the line-up that we’ve put together for the Whitehaven Alive weekend, and to launch with some huge names in the Indie scene is setting the bar incredibly high.

“The Vaccines, Jake Bugg and Tribes are among some of the best names, and we’re excited to see them rock our festival, bringing so many people together this September. We’ve got even more massive names to announce for the Friday and Sunday shows.”

“Months in the planning, and an incredible team effort to be able to announce our first headliners this week, who will be rocking it out in our Quay Street Harbourside music arena this September, which we’ve just had the license approved for, exciting times,” Liz added.

Tickets for the Saturday night harbourside show are available now at


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