IMAGES: Country and Irish music stars celebrate end of lockdown in style at Craic by the Creek Festival


The Craic by the Creek festival held recently in Greater Manchester has attracted some of the biggest names in Irish and country music.

Originally slated to take place in 2019, the festival was delayed and then postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions.

Birmingham-based group Lampa (PICS: Chris Egan)

Once it became clear that the festival could take place this year, ticket sales skyrocketed and they sold out quickly.

Two-thirds of the event’s organizing team, Matt and Donal, take to the main stage (PICS: Chris Egan)

Such was the demand for the return to live Irish and country music, it became clear to organizers that the festival was going to be more than just a celebration of live music but also a lockdown release party.

The Craic By The Creek crowd was in great shape (PICS: Chris Egan)

The three-day event saw performers Nathan Carter, All Folk’d Up, Lisa McHugh, Mike McGoldrick and the Joe Keegan Band take to the Big Barn stage.

All Folk’d Up in action (PICS: Chris Egan)

Elsewhere on the line-up Catherine McKenna, Gareth Nugent, Crossroads and Matt and Donal have performed on the Bethell Stage, giving festival-goers the opportunity to connect with the biggest names in traditional and contemporary Irish music.

Dara Woods Kicks Off Saturday Afternoon Music (PICS: Chris Egan)

Building on the success of the first Craic by the Creek festival, the event has already confirmed its 2022 dates.

One of Manchester’s favorite country bands, Chorlton Country Club (PICS: Chris Egan)

Craic by the Creek 2022 will take place July 22-24.

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