2016 Solfest, 26th –28th August 2016 Only four weeks to go!

2016 Solfest, 26th –28th August 2016 Only four weeks to go!

Cumbria’s brightest and best music and arts festival is only four weeks away. Tickets are selling steadily for what will most definitely be another memorable and wonderful weekend of music highlights, delights and discoveries.  We’re  absolutely spoiling you rotten with over 130 bands, musicians and DJs performing over the weekend on our ten stages. It all means you’re guaranteed to come away smiling manically and  waxing lyrical about an unforgettable Solfest experience.


Advance ticket are still available at the bargain price of £99 (adult) for the weekend and with the sun shining with the rest of August looking fine there really is no other place you should be this August Bank Holiday weekend (26-28th). Lined up for the delectation of the Solfest audience in 2016 are a veritable wealth of acts representing the sheer cornucopia of musical delights that make Solfest the very finest festival experience including:


DreadzoneKOG & The Zongo BrigadeThe Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

Riot Jazz Brass Band Inner TerrestrialsZion Train

TantzThe Mouse OutfitBaka Beyond

Buffalo BrothersChina Shop BullResonators

Fitty GomashHardfloorIration SteppasLa La & The Boo Yaa

The After HoursKing YoofSonny WhartonSilicone Soul Graeme ReedieSamson Sound

Jinx In DubRadical Dance FactionJenna & The G’sDrum MachineRed Eye Hi Fi

Space Cassette Take Over Ft Age of Glass & HengeMighty Oak Sound SystemHallouminati

A Man About A DogCelt IslamCrystal Distortion SP23DJ Dolphin BoyMutanta

DohnutFree Wise MenThe Easy Stride BandMaxirootsUnity Sessions SoundsystemThe Most Ugly Child

Bushrocker Hi FiFirepit CollectiveDJMTanante West African Drummers Skayaman

Lyons & La ZelSupa & Da KryptonitesAxis SoundsystemHardwicke Circus

Blast Furness Carnival BandJambeater SoundsystemThe Hey Down Treaders…

And  of course many many more: You want names…deep breath…here goes!…

Bag ‘O’ SpannersRing The AlarmPhil SaundersVital TechniquesCatherine Ashcroft

John Players SpecialsDirtboxOperation SoundsystemKrysoRory Connor & Friends

HypoTemplebysFat AlbertDead Horse GangScogans RunSol Y SombraDansi

Trevor RootsBill LloydBad TransmissionSeamlessTZBaxter Rhodes & Friends

Good FoxyRev DreadUncle CarbunkleSamurai BreaksTrinity Lo FiTrash Manor DJs

D’Bleedin’ BlaggardsZom-BMosienko ProjectDicky FlowersThe Soul Upsetter

JagerossaSamantha LoveridgeFlew The ArrowPaul ThorntonHardcore Gnomes

The Urbanizer & DoinkUnderground RootsThe Fusion BrothersThe HoboNema-Kuta

Bluejam Youth Music ProjectBoomdangDub WildGalvatronThe FarmerSimitu

Papa ShantiThe BrouxTen Foot WizardBlantyGemma FurbankStig of the Dub

Sam Robinson & FriendsStrawberry Jam SoundHome GrownJayney MacPanjenix

Professor PumpernickleMr KiplingChantelle BarrowDubbersCumfy

Beach Club & Relic LSD LiciousBen Gates Sound SculpturesCatholic Abuse Apology
And many more acts to find spread over 10 stages throughout the festival !


As ever Solfest offers a dazzling array of entertainment across practically every musical genre. If you don’t hear something that you like move along to another venue and try another taste of the Solfest experience. And we have stages galore including Drystone Stage, The Solway Bar, Unity Sessions, Lost’n’Found, Loungevity, The Love Shack,House Of Joy, Melodrome and Stylus featuring everything from folk to house, hip-hop to reggae, dub to soul, ska to Afrobeat…You get the picture?


And don’t forget our new children (of all ages!) The Jungle area that is completely dedicated to entertaining babies, kids and teens throughout the weekend. We have a very exciting program of activities, shows and workshops running all day with various evening entertainment too!


Solfest bounced back on a smaller scale and with a new, fresher attitude last year after taking a well deserved one year break after a decade. Solfest wanted to “return to our roots” with a more intimate event, but retaining the key features that has made it so popular over the past twelve years. And of course it worked with glorious music, fantastic weather and 2015 weighing in as one of the most successful and enjoyable Solfest’s to date.


Solfest director Tom Kay explains: “Last year we  made a conscious decision to distance our festival from more commercial events, moving away from big headline names in order to put our resources into giving people the best festival experience over a full weekend rather than just a couple of hours each evening. As always we aim to keep prices down, avoiding hidden extras like over the top booking fees, extra charges for vehicles and camping.  We’ll still allow you to bring your own booze and still charge sensible prices at our bars, which means that you get a fantastic weekend without breaking the bank.”


“Solfest is a festival run by festival goers, between us, we’ve seen it all, from huge events with hundreds of thousands of people to tiny first time parties with just a few hundred revellers. We like to think this gives us a unique insight into what makes a great festival tick.”



Solfest has evolved continually since its inception in 2003, transitioning from a local shindig, into one of the best loved of the UK’s independent festivals. Run by a dedicated team and a small army of volunteers, Solfest has stayed true to its anti-corporate roots. This means that art and decor take the place of ubiquitous advertising and the international big names don’t drown out the voices of the hidden gems.

Solfest takes place at Tarns, near Aspatria, Cumbria over the bank holiday weekend August 26-28.

Ticket prices range from £15 for children’s tickets to £99 for a full adult weekend.  For full details see our website

Tickets will be available to purchase right on our very own brand new updated website www.solfest.org.uk

For more information, go to the Solfest Facebook page www.facebook.com/Solfest or www.solfest.org.uk

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2016 Solfest, 26th –28th August 2016 Only four weeks to go!