• Oliver Hodgson

Inside Whitehaven’s first COVID friendly festival


Artists perform at Hensingham Music Festival PHOTOS: Sugar Tongue Media

Nothing is normal in the Coronavirus era, and that is certainly the case for Whitehaven’s first socially distanced festival, as staggered entry times, noise level restrictions and no dancing with those out of your island.


However Lee, Shelbi and their team certainly pulled it off under the circumstances, and it was enjoyed by all!


Talking to Visit Whitehaven Shelbi Travers an organiser of the event said: “Myself and Lee were delighted with how well the day went and valued to support of Environmental Health throughout the day.


"There was a lot of time and effort put into making the day happen and it paid off. It was lovely to be able to provide a COVID compliant platform for local artists to perform."


Stuart Sidney guitarist in the duo Cory & Stu said: “ It was great to be finally back out playing after so long, I think it’s the longest I’ve gone without a gig since I was 18! It was such a great feeling loading the car up with equipment again!”


Supporting the local music scene was a top priority for Lee and Shelbi after months of no gigs, events and activities with little government support the industry has been greatly affected by the pandemic.


Festival goers get comfy to enjoy the days entertainment PHOTOS: Kaiden Meloy


All attractions are now closed due to the Covid - 19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The majority of town centre stores have now reopened with social distancing in place

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