Happy Mondays To Headline Carlisle’s First Ever Music Festival

We are delighted to announce the very first Borderlands Festival. Set in the grounds of Carlisle Castle, this groundbreaking event will showcase world-class international musical talent alongside some of the finest acts Cumbria has to offer.


Acts such as Happy Mondays, Friendly Fires and Cumbria’s own Sarah Story will headline the event on the 8th and 9th of September.


Borderlands is keen to use the event to promote local talent, with the likes of Novablood, DelaGrave and Ki Creighton also performing on the bill, complemented by a range of artisan food & drink outlets from Cumbria and the surrounding area.


Festival Director Matt Tyson said: “As someone who has lived in the area my whole life, I will be immensely proud to see local musicians strut their stuff alongside world-famous legends in such an iconic local setting. As well as being a great advert for Carlisle and Cumbria, we hope Borderlands will showcase Carlisle Castle as an entertainment space and inspire other ambitious events across the wonderful historic sites we have in the county. I’d like to thank the staff at Carlisle Castle for their support in making this happen, and the rest of the festival team for all their hard work.”


Built in 1092 on the site of a Roman fort, Carlisle Castle has lived through multiple sieges from the Scots, Jacobites and Border Reivers. It also hosted Mary Queen of Scots when she fled to England. Today it is operated by English Heritage.


This is the first time the castle has hosted a ticketed music festival at full capacity, and is arguably Carlisle’s most significant live-music event since Radio One’s Big Weekender in 2011.




Borderlands Festival:

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September 2023

2pm -11pm (last entry 6pm)


Tickets from £40 per day: https://skiddle.com/e/36362300


Friday 8th Sept

Patrick Topping

Eats Everything

KiNK (Live)

Sarah Story


Ki Creighton


Saturday 9th Sept

Happy Mondays

Friendly Fires

Nightmares On Wax (DJ)





Carlisle Castle

Castle Way