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Once again Whitehaven festival had a great programme of music to compliment all the other activities around the harbour. Although previously the concerts had been free, in a slight change to the format it was decided to have three major concerts at Quay Street that would be paying, ticket only events to recoup some revenue and allow for the booking of major artists. The result was concerts featuring the widest spectrum of popular music.

Katherine Jenkins

The Friday night featured Katherine Jenkins the Welsh mezzo soprano who has topped the classical charts as well as performing at prestige events all over the world. She was backed by the National Symphony Orchestra and tailored her programme to reflect the tragedy of the recent shootings, that affected many people in West Cumbria.

Katherine Jenkins at Whitehaven Festival


On the Saturday before the Status Quo concert there was music from a collection of local acts on the CFM stage by the Hub. It was a smaller programme than last year but this helped avoid the conflict between listening to the bands and missing other things going on at the festival so a good crowd stopped to listen to all the bands. It also meant that anyone who didn't have tickets for the main concerts still got to hear some great music for free.

Trinette Crawford

Trinette Crawford at Whitehaven festival

Emma Dockeray

Emma Dockeray on CFM stage

Gavin McKew

Gavin McKew at Whitehaven 2010

Gary Kennedy

Gavin Kennedy on stage at Whitehaven festival 2010

Glory or Death

Glory or Death live on CFM stage

glory or death - bass

Glory or Death - GuitarGlory or Death - vocals

Glory or Death - drums


St Bees band Shore on the CFM stage

Shore - Lee ShackleyShore - Luke Stamper

Shore - BassShore- Guitar

Shore - Drums

With Lights Out

With Lights Out

Lights out singerLights out bass

Lights Out Drums

Status Quo

The main concert on the Saturday night was the mighty Status Quo returning to Whitehaven again after their successful concert at the Recreation Ground a couple of years ago. They were supported by Manchester based band six 10 repeater. With Quo's music being of the high volume variety there was almost as many people listening outside the small arena erected in Quay Street car-park as there were inside with tickets.

Status Quo at Whitehaven

Status Quo in the Whitehaven sunset

Status Quo on stage at Whitehaven festival 2010

All Angels

Perhaps surprisingly, my favourite act of the weekend were All Angels whose pure voices and beautiful harmonies adapted well to some very diverse songs. Backed by keyboards and a string quartet they performed a free concert on the main stage on the Sunday afternoon after the veterans parade. With some gentle humour and their own particular take on songs from Coldplay to classics through folk, country and pop, all with strong melodies and delicate harmonies, they charmed the large audience of all ages. They were also very photogenic.

All Angels at Whitehaven Festival 2010

All Angels  - Daisy Chute - in pink dressAll Angels - Laura Wright - in pink dress

Daisy Chute                           Laura Wright

All Angels Melanie Nakhla in pink dressAll Angels - Charlotte Ritchie - in pink dress

Melanie Nakhla                       Charlotte Ritchie

All Angels had a short interval for a costume change, during which the musicians played to keep the audience entertained. Then All Angels returned to the stage in shimmering white dresses, sang some more songs from their latest album, Fly Away, and finished with the old Chordettes number Mr. Sandman, which they seemed to enjoy as much as the audience.

Quintet supporting all Angels

String Quartet - violinString player

String Quartet - CelloString Quartet - Violin

Piano player

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All Angels - Charlotte-Ritchie at Whitehaven festival 2010All Angels - Laura Wright at Whitehaven festival 2010

All Angels - Melanie Nakhla at Whitehaven festivalAll Angels - Daisy Chute at Whitehaven festival 2010

All Angels sing Mr. Sandman at Whitehaven festival


The festival finished with a great gig by popular chart band N-Dubz, enthusiastically supported by a large, young audience. Dappy, Fazer, and Tulisa had performed at Glastonbury festival the day before travelling all the way to Whitehaven and were also in the middle of filming their TV series Being N-Dubz so it was amazing to see them at Whitehaven festival. (sorry no photos).

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All Angels


Status Quo

Katherine Jenkins


Gavin McKew

Garry Kennedy

Glory or Death

With Lights Out


WAWL 2010