Solfest 2018

Solfest Site, Aspatria

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Cumbria's favourite grassroots festival situated on the stunning Solway coast. 100's of artists over 10 stages, local ale bars, markets, extensive kids area, fair rides, continental and local cuisine, healing field, walkabout entertainment plus a whole world of adventure and fun.

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Lightning Seeds

Lightning Seeds appearing at this event

The wispy pop outfit the Lightning Seeds is essentially the solo project of noted producer Ian Broudie. Following major success on both sides of the Atlantic in the 90s, Broudie made an attempt to modernise the Lightning Seeds’ sound on 1999’s Tilt, but the album's commercial reception was less than overwhelming and he decided to put the group on hiatus. Following the turn of the millennium Broudie produced a number of bands on the Liverpool 'cosmic scouse' scene, including Coral and the Zutons, and 2004 saw the arrival of Tales Told, Broudie's first solo album under his own name. Two years later Broudie re-formed the Lightning Seeds with a new lineup for live appearances, and in May 2009 the group's sixth studio album, Four Winds, was released.

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The Fratellis

The Fratellis appearing at this event

Glasgow trio The Fratellis had phenomenal success with their debut album 'Costello Music' entering the U.K Album Chart at number 2, and went on to win the Best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards in 2007. Following the release of their second album 'Here We Stand' the band toured America with sell-out shows in New York, Boston and Los Angeles before parting ways to pursue solo projects. Jon, Barry and Mince announced their reformation in 2012 following their four year hiatus.

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Goldie Lookin' Chain

Goldie Lookin' Chain appearing at this event

With more razzle-dazzle jewellery than Mr T, this novelty rap act from South Wales manage to make The Streets' Mike Skinner appear positively middle-class. The 15 chavs that make up GLC were somehow signed to independent label EastWest on the dubious strength of a handful of tracks that had been burnt to CDR and passed around the pubs of Newport. Now, armed with songs about smoking weed, shagging monkeys and, erm, 'cider enemas', they are headlining gigs around the UK.

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Slamboree appearing at this event

Slamboree is a live band with a Smörgåsbord of circus performers, daredevils and entertainers. They take each show as it comes, assembling a different crew from their collective for each show and every gig is very different to the last. Musically it fuses bass-driven beats with live guitars, percussion, loops, visuals, brass, pyrotechnics and performance. The genres bounce around breakbeat, dubstep, drum & bass, dub, techno and electro fused with balkan, folk, and 'gypsy' flavours - all original and all live. Within their short time on the road, they've been fortunate enough to perform their live shows at some amazing places such as Glastonbury Festival, Electric Picnic, Boomtown, Shambala, Beatherder, Kendal Calling and the River Thames in London.

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Wille & The Bandits

Wille & The Bandits appearing at this event

The band are famous for creating an astonishingly huge sound, incorporating eclectic grooves from World music to Heavy Rock, using bizarre instrumentation such as Tongue Drum, Djembe, Lap steel guitar and Double bass they push the boundaries of what is expected of a modern three piece. Although difficult to pigeon hole, Wille and the Bandits are taking roots rock music to a new level. Wille and the Bandits are renowned for their diverse songwriting and often likened to the greats of the 70’s such as Led Zeppelin, Santana and Pink Floyd, this comparison, although bold, only scrapes the surface of the Bands influences and sound.

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Shooglenifty appearing at this event

The Kings of the new Scottish groove scene playing what has been dubbed 'Acid Croft' music; this six-piece band play a heady, fast and furious hypnofolkedelic mix of traditional and original material.

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The Lucid Dream

The Lucid Dream appearing at this event

Is it Krautrock? Is it No-Wave? Is it Psych? Cumbria four-piece The Lucid Dream certainly fall into the psychedelic rock camp, but exactly where you pigeon hole, it's not quite clear. With favourable comparisons to Suicide and The Jesus And Mary Chain though, there's certainly a shoegaze feel to their fuzzy sound. They may also come from the North West, but there's nothing particularly northern about their sound. "They're from Carlisle but sound like they're from L.A.!" claimed fan Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman and DJ; Huey Morgan.

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Cocos Lovers

Cocos Lovers appearing at this event

Eight piece from the Kent coast, producing a fantastic mix of traditional English folk inter-woven with Eastern and African rhythms. Intricate musicianship and full band harmonies make this band a favourite on the festival circuit. Featured in The Independents 2010 hot new bands section and debut album 'Johannes' is receiving critical acclaim.

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Backyard Rhythm Orchestra

High Energy party band taking influence from world music traditions such as Klezmer, Cumbia, Reggae, Afrobeat and Hiphop. Featuring conscious lyrics inspired by the sub-conscious to stimulate the collective conscience.

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The Langan Band

An exciting three piece outfit offering a unique sound emerging from Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy swing, and progressive music. They present an extravagant, eclectic package that, though contemporary, has a traditional, acoustic aesthetic, and a remarkably big sound for a three piece.

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Rob Heron & His Tea Pad Orchestra

Rob Heron & His Tea Pad Orchestra appearing at this event

These six young hipsters from Newcastle Upon Tyne play a foot stompin’ blend of early 20th century American music. With razor-sharp solos, great arrangements and original songs, they hark back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern. Frontman Rob Heron is a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire and good old fashion hollerin’. Expect themes of debauchery, disasters, drink and debt. An eclectic mix of hokum blues, ragtime, western swing, gypsy-jazz, cajun and country roots.

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Will Varley

Will Varley appearing at this event

Will Varley is a folksinger/ poet/ storyteller and novelist from London. He has been a stalwart of the Acoustic/Folk scene since his early teens, playing hundreds of gigs in England and Ireland and supporting some huge names along the way. He's picked up a whole host of new fans including folk guru Mike Harding and BBC Introducing presenter Tom Simmons.

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Soccer 96

Soccer 96 appearing at this event

A two-piece from Brighton, Soccer 96 are a stripped-down, amped-up analogue synth vs live drum assault. “Pschedelia, techno and 21st century R&B interwine in a trip Sun Ra and Ken Kesey would comprehend” – Jazzwise

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Funke And The Two Tone Baby

Kent-based mechanical alt-blues band 'Funke & the Two Tone Baby' is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist Dan Turnbull. Described as creating ‘new, exciting and innovative music’ (R2 Magazine), in two years Funke has gone from pub gigs in Margate to performing 300+ shows and festivals across the UK and Europe. Combining effects pedals, beatboxing and grooving bass lines with traditional instrumentation, powerful vocals and relentless energy that provides tracks with a ‘distinctive and contemporary twist’ and gets people ‘grooving like an apoplectic orang-utan’ (Sound of Confusion).

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Merging the sounds of instruments like the didgeridoo, violin and bass with new technology and beats, sci-fi backdrops and haunting vocals, Loonaloop are a truly inventive dance quintet who create a stunning global soundscape.

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Dub-heavy Celtic dance band reminiscent of the mighty Headmix Collective. An infectious mix in a celticskapunkfunkdubdance style!

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Captain Hotknives

Captain Hotknives appearing at this event

Expect rhymes about forms of bread. Far better and lyrically adept than it has any right to be. Imagine the Lancashire Hotpots and Half Man Half Biscuit jamming with Johnny Cash!

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Paddy Steer

Paddy Steer appearing at this event

Seen as a Zelig-like character intertwined in the timeline of Manchester's musical tradition he has played a wide range of music over the years. Under disco lights and from behind his stacked array of instruments, Paddy provides chaotic abstraction and nonsensical expression, taking the listener on a brilliant adventure.

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Molly's Lips

Molly’s Lips are a duo from Deal, Kent made up of members of the band Cocos Lovers. Over the past year they’ve been haunting the drinking holes of deal, honing their sound besides roaring fires, pints of ale and intrigued locals. In 2015 they released a live EP on Smugglers Records which was recorded, mixed and released all in one day. With a full studio album in the works and a tour with label mate and drinking companion Will Varley, the pair are set to bring their music to a much wider audience in 2016.

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Fading Face

Fading Face is one-man band Luke Hobson. His genre-bending show has been described as “part Hendrix, part looping chaos” (Classic Rock Magazine). Using a loopstation Hobson builds layers of ethereal samples, adding soul and gospel infused vocals along the way. Let your mind melt and your body move to the psychedelic soul of Fading Face!

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Eabhal appearing at this event

Eabhal are four young musicians who met and began making music together on the Outer-Hebrides' Isle of Uist. Playing folk and traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, Asturias and further alongside self-penned tunes and Gaelic songs, they produce a melting pot of sound representing their very different backgrounds. Roy Campbell - Accordion. Jamie MacDonald - Fiddle. Nicky Kirk - Guitar.  Hamish Hepburn - Bagpipes, Flute and Whistles. “A fantastic array of music, driving and catchy performed with a confidence and style beyond their years.” - Mick West, Scots Singer of the Year, Na Trads. "A brilliant sparky young band with their feet firmly rooted in their Highland and Island traditions" - Ann Martin. Previous performances include Ceol on the Croft Festival, Solfest, Celtic Connections and performances alongside Diamh and The Outside Track.

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Martha Hill

Martha Hill appearing at this event

Martha Hill is a Newcastle based singer/songwriter from Scotland who fuses elements of folk, blues, pop and reggae into one big soup of rhythmic guitar and soulful vocals.

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Alabaster DePlume

From 'This Product', Alabaster is one of the UK's most original poets.

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The Borgias

An indie/alt/dance sound from Birmingham, with KaYc Mundee on vocals, Jason Stretton on keyboard and Craig Black on guitars, giving a unique distorted sound.

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The Social Ignition

A mighty 8 piece ska band from Hinckley guaranteed to roll up in a bus full of bass, brass ‘n booze with an arsenal of get-up/get-down skanking beats.

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A nine piece rocksteady band hailing from Hebden Bridge, Pepperjam deliver original sounds rooted in ska and reggae. The leading exponents in the UK of 'Modern Rocksteady', Pepperjam have received praise from the likes of James Brown, calling them a "lava flow of rhythm" and Phill Jupitus, who said that they are "one of the best bands I've seen in a long time".

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The Postcard Band

A Carlisle based trio who take their influences from bands including The Jam, Beatles and Teenage Fanclub.

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Deep.Sleep are an alternative/indie-pop band from Newcastle upon Tyne, fast gaining attention through their catchy and anthemic songs which radiate feel-good vibes and captivate audiences live.

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The Hostiles

"The Hostiles bring the upbeat energy of US west coast ska punk to the less-sunny climes of west coast Scotland. Their take is spirited and infectious, combining distorted guitars riffs, low-slung rhythms, in-your-face vocals and a two-pronged brass backbone of trumpet and trombone. It’s a formula that’s helped the five-piece build a strong reputation on the live circuit as an act to be reckoned with, good times guaranteed. The punk and ska scenes’ big guns agree, with The Hostiles recently touring the UK with Reel Big Fish!" - The Skinny

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Also Appearing

Lost Colours, Maxiroots, Sigil, Grinny Grandad, Tea Tree, DJ Instinctive, Dawn Foster, Whipp, Konitki Suite, Ponyland, Mansion Of Snakes, Smokin Coconuts, Ubunye, Helenonearth, Reptiliians, Roz Slumans Evolution: Sax Anthems Band, Beachmaster, Melanie Baker, Kendra France, Bluejam, Homegrown DJs, Dead Horse Gang, Jonny Thieves, Gaz And Daz

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