See You In The Fields: 2018 Festival Round-Up

Festival Guide

There’s live music and entertainment events popping up in all areas of county over the coming months. Pull on your wellies and grab the glitter body paint, as we bring you the best festivals in Cumbria and the surrounding areas this summer.

Esk Fest Festival

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6 – 7 July, Eskdale
The crazy creative Cumbrian collective that is EskFest, returns for the third year in a row. Once again this unique weekend event will take place in the breathtaking valley of Eskdale, with a line-up including Manchester trio Cassia, folk-pop ensemble Dansi and the much-lauded Lowes, as well as a whole host of local talent. Much more than just music festival, EskFest is an independent creative platform for West Cumbria. Though small, it offers all the variety and quality of some of the UK’s biggest festivals.

Music On The Marr Festival

Music on the Marr
19 – 22 July, Castle Carrock
“The world’s finest small music festival” returns to the heart of Castle Carrock, near Brampton. A well-loved, local festival with the feel-good factor, Music on the Marr brings music and performance from Cumbria, the UK and beyond, from folk to frenetic, roots to reggae, poetry to performance. This year’s headliners include top folk acts such as Trail West, Edward II and rising East London five-piece Stick In The Wheel.

Aspatria Festival

Aspatria Music Festival
20 – 22 July, Aspatria
Chart-topping pop rock band, The Hoosiers will headline the fifth annual not-for-profit festival at Bower Park. They will be joined by internationally renowned live acts including Europe’s top ABBA tribute band, Platinum, punk rock covers band, the Sex Pissed Dolls and acclaimed Cumbrian covers band Super-Fly will give a rare one-off performance.

Kendal Calling Festival 2018

Kendal Calling
26 – 29 July, Lowther
It looks set to be another amazing year in the fields. At the end of July Lowther Deer Park will host a huge line-up, including Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Libertines, Run DMC, Hacienda Classical, James, White Lies and many, many more. This year’s theme, ‘Into The Future’ promises to bring a whole other dimension to the festival.

Solfest Festival

24 – 26 August, Aspatria
Cumbria’s favourite music and arts festival, Solfest is ready to thrill again this summer. It looks set to have another cracking lineup this year, but the standout has to be Scottish rockers, The Fratellis who will headline the Drystone Stage. Covering practically every genre, other acts announced so far include Carlisle’s The Lucid Dream, 10-piece live band Slamboree, folk-singer Will Varley, Reptilians and of course, Goldie Lookin Chain.

Silloth Festival

Silloth Beer & Music Festival
6 – 9 September, Silloth Green
The friendly festival takes place on Silloth Green overlooking the beautiful Solway Firth. As always the event will showcase over 75 real ales and ciders, with great live music this year headed up by the Lancashire Hotpots and Five and Dangerous. There are also family friendly sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoon where the kids go free.

Plus ones to look out for further afield…

Wonder Fields Festival

Wonder Fields
29 June – 1 July, Devon
Now in it’s fourth year, Wonder Fields, the self-proclaimed annual ‘Heaven in Devon’ will return to Great Fulford Estate near Exeter. Head down south this summer to catch headliners such as David Rodigan, Mungo’s HiFi and Babylon Circus. Not to mention the Kernow Springs Hot Tubs, incredible local food, glamping, yoga and wellness workshops, fun, games, magic and wonder for all.

Lindisfarne Festival

Lindisfarne Festival
30 August – 2 September, Northumberland
An independent music, creative arts and wellness festival in a unique location, overlooking Holy Island on the spectacular Northumberland coast. With 150 acts over nine stages, headliners including Happy Mondays, Levellers, Dub Pistols and Ferocious Dog, Lindisfarne is the ultimate end-of-summer blow out. It’s an intimate, boutique festival that knows how to put on a damn good party.

Electric Fields

Electric Fields
30 August – 1 September, Dumfries and Galloway
The Scottish boutique music festival, held each summer at Drumlanrig Castle in Thornhill will host Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, james, Ghostpoet and The Coral to name but a few. Intimate and eclectic, Electric Fields embraces all generations and tastes, from the kids play and craft area, to its very own real ale festival and the copious amounts of world cuisine on offer.

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