Solfest returns to Cumbria with packed line-up and feast for senses

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This August Bank Holiday weekend Solfest returns to the fields of Cumbria with an eclectic line up of over 90 acts across eight unique stages and areas.

Lancaster and Morecambe’s Melodrome Stage will be taking a residency again this year with a “magical mix of Shakespeare, music, theatre, comedy, up and coming artists, the Bush Rush” and more.

Lancaster artists and DJs including Divide & Conker, Steve Jahvis, and Jinx In Dub will perform alongside the likes of Dreadzone, Craig Charles, China Shop Bull, Zion Train, Riot Jazz Brass Band and The Mouse Outfit in what is shaping up to be one of the north of England’s most diverse music line ups.

Stages include The Drystone Stage, The Solway Bar, Electric Village, The House of Joy, Loungevity, The Love Shack and The Acoustic Zone.

It also has plenty to do for the kids, with story tellers keeping the oral traditions alive, a mad professor, classes on all manner of crafts including wood carving, a caberet for all ages, circus skills groups and music workshops.

There is also a traders village, green area workshops, walkabout performers, a healing garden, site art, kite displays, teddy parachuting, fancy dress and the Solfest Garden.

Organisers said: “The next three day music festival event will run from 26th – 28th August 2016 and promises to be the best yet.

“Solfest welcomes all generations and we have always taken great pride in the family atmosphere and the mix of ages that participate in the festival.

“Solfest is a national festival with a local feel; we want to make sure that each act that performs for you at the festival gets the same wonderful lovely treatment and attention no matter how big or small they are.

“We enjoy bringing you some well known names, local artists, performers from around the world and those breaking through and striving to ‘make it’.

“We want you to enjoy the whole of the Solfest experience which is why we don’t publish our programme of events prior to the festival starting.

“To get you excited in the build up to the festival we’ll tell you who is performing but never when!

“We believe that there are too many festivals where tickets are sold for what is, in effect, individual gigs/sessions and that this encourages visitors to “cherry-pick” the big name acts without supporting the festival as a whole, often leaving insufficient tickets left for people who want to stay for the duration of the festival.

“We want you to come and experience the whole event, not just one day!

“We also firmly believe that the amazing atmosphere found at really good festivals usually is not only created by the music but is a product of the shared experience of thousands of people, from very different walks of life, forming a community, and living together in a single place for a weekend which generates something very special.

“Organisers do not create festivals; they are created by the people who support them.

“For these reasons, we are not releasing a detailed list of exactly when each act will perform or selling tickets for individual sessions.

“We believe that by having a great line-up and by making our tickets among the best value available for any festival this summer, we can ensure that people will want to stay for the whole weekend and by doing so, contribute to making Solfest a fantastic experience for everyone!”

The festival takes place at Tarnside Farm, near Aspatria, Cumbria.

You can no longer park your car by your tent or have campfires or BBQs due to health and safety restrictions, but there will be communal campfires in each of the campsites at the festival.

Tickets for the event on August 26-29 are close to selling out. Prices are £99 (18+), £60 (12-17), £15 (6-11) and free (0-5). Visit www.solfest.org.uk.