Everything You Need to know Ahead of Solfest This Weekend
One of the nation’s favourite small festivals is nearly upon us, here’s what you need to know.
With Solfest just days away, the hard work of the festival organisers and it’s army of volunteers is about to pay off in spectacular style.
If you’re heading to the festival this bank holiday weekend, the organisers have put together some essential info, from what acts are playing to what to expect on site, with some of the most frequently asked questions explained.
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The main event is the music, with hundreds of acts spread out over the three days. Every music style will be covered, from folk to reggae, dance to hip hop and everything in between, artists come from overseas, locally and nationally to wow the crowds. It may be hard to pick who to go and see so here are some highlights, but we really do urge you to explore as much of what’s on offer as possible.
Newton Faulkner hits the Drystone stage on Friday night at 9pm, he’s best known for tracks like ‘Dream catch me’ and will also be playing new songs from his forthcoming album ‘Hit the Ground running’. Ferocious Dog have been described as one of the best live festival bands going, the folk/punks headline the Bar tent also on the Friday night playing from 11.30pm.
Stanton Warriors are probably the world’s best known Breaks and Bass outfit and have pioneered the scene through their label ‘Punks’. They take to the Lost n Found stage on the Saturday night just after midnight. Dub Pistols take to the Drystone stage around 11pm making Saturday night the one for dancing, the Pistols are world renowned for their amazing drum & bass fuelled live shows.
On Sunday Beans on Toast will bring his uniquely entertaining set to the Drystone stage at 9.30pm and just before him on the bar stage, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, are sure to be superb. Dutty Moonshine Big Band finish the Drystone off on Sunday night meaning everyone will be able to dance their socks off to some seriously funky breaks to send off the festival.
There is really so much amazing music over the weekend, we suggest getting a programme which will have in detail all the acts plus lots more info about the site.
On the campsite there will be toilets, showers and water taps. The fields will be separated into family, noisy and live-in vehicles, remember if you have a campervan or a caravan you will need to purchase a live-in vehicle pass. For health and safety reasons glass, barbecues or open fires are not allowed on the site. Due to licensing laws, cars cannot park next to tents. Gates open first thing Thursday morning and close around 9pm, opening again on Friday morning. The camp site is operated on a first come first served basis.
There are many wonders to the main arena and lots of secrets to explore but here is what you need to know. We aim to get the arena open by Friday afternoon, you must have a wristband to enter. The site is open 24 hours a day and so are a few of the tents. You can bring your own food and drinks into the main arena, but no glass bottles and we please ask you to drink responsibly. It looks like we are going to get a bit of sun so drink plenty of water.
In the arena we have a superb array of traders serving everything from prime cut burgers to continental curries. You will also be able to shop in the many market stalls and get some Solfest goodies from the merch stall. The arena will be split up into sections, including, the kid’s arena, healing area and of course, the nine stages. We recommend having a good walk around the arena to find some of the hidden gems.
Tickets are available from www.solfest.org.uk/tickets. They are selling well but we will also keep some on the gate to sell. We don’t technically sell day tickets but if you come on the Saturday your ticket will be a third cheaper than the Weekend Pass and if you come on the Sunday, it will be two thirds cheaper.
There is a shuttle bus running to and from the festival from Thursday to Monday, in line with the trains. No dogs are allowed on site due to the land owners wishes and we don’t have a cash machine, but if you head back in to Aspatria on the bus you can use the one there. Some traders will have card facilities. We have mobile phone charging hub on site plus any other information you need can be catered for at the information tent. There is also a first aid tent and a welfare tent.
The main thing is that you have as much fun as possible, whether you are coming here with the family or just with your pals, if it’s your 13th year or your first, all of us here at Solfest really hope you have an amazing experience.