Because of the significance of the 999 Festival in that it brings together all emergency services – not just one – it attracts a lot of media attention including from the main TV news channels. Attendees at the 999 Festival includes senior figures from Her Majesty’s Government and the Governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The 999 Festival is a thanksgiving service which includes a wreath laying in honour of the more than 7,000 emergency services personnel killed in the line of duty. The 999 Festival takes place once a year, and rotates across the UK. In 2018 the 999 Festival took place at Manchester Cathedral, in 2019 it took place at St Giles’ Cathedral Edinburgh and in 2020 it was due to take place at Belfast Cathedral. Because of the coronavirus we took the decision to cancel the 2020 event, however we put on a special online version. Belfast Cathedral will now host the 999 Festival 2021. More information will be released soon.

If you are a member of the media and wish to contact us regarding the 999 Festival then you can email No other enquiries will be dealt with on this email address – it is for press only.