Solfest 2013

Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August 2013
Tarnside Farm, Tarns, nr Aspatria, Cumbria, CA7 4NQ, England MAP
early bird £99 adult weekend
daily capacity: 8000
last updated: Mon 22nd Jul 2013

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A non-commercial music and arts festival with a warm atmosphere set between the Solway Firth and the Lake District mountains in picturesque West Cumbria, as always it features a massive range of musical and cultural adventures.

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The tenth Solfest will take place over August Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August, 2013 and offers something for everyone, with a main stage, dance tent, second stage with many smaller acts, and a children's area with workshops to amaze, educate and enthrall kids and adults throughout the day.


The latest additions are DJ Templehead, Afriquoi, Eat Static, Syd Arthur, United Vibrations, Polaroid 85, Marley Chingus, The Templebys, Dub Jazz Sound System, Axis, Andy P, John Tree, Red Tin Dave, Ben Invasion, Varda, Michael Dog, Mr Hovis, Sanscrypt, The Wise Goldfish, Tim Hamblin, Twisted Wheel, Neck, Birds Vs. Planes, Emma and the Professor, and Boomin.

Maximo Park, and Flogging Molly headline with Afro Celt Sound System, Oysterband, Utah Saints, DJ Yoda, Eat Static, The Joy Formidable, Alabama 3, New Model Army, Krafty Kuts, The Correspondants, Deaf School, Ahab, Delhi 2 Dublin, N.U.M.B, By The Rivers, Jakarta Club, Gerry Richardson's Big Idea, The Young 'Uns, Jaywalkers, Pikey Beatz, Paddy Garrigan Band, Sid Wright, Middleman, Templehead, Jeramiah Ferrari, Colt 45, The 45's, Project 9, Humanism, The Indicies, Home Service, New Rope String Band, The Undertones, Bombskare, Roughneck Riot, The Boston Tea Party, The Minx, Thatcher's Bush, Brother Bear, Carousel Circus, The Bluebuds, Nikki Rous, Victorian Trout Conspiracy, Missarioty, 13 Stars, Life In A Glasshouse, and David Kay.

There will be seven stages of entertainment to be announced in total with a host of other folk, pop and rock bands appearing across the weekend. For the line-up details as available please click here.


An adult early bird ticket is priced at £99 (Limited to the first 1000), the standard price will be £109. A young person (age 12-16) limited early bird ticket is priced at £65 (full price £70). A child weekend tickets (aged 6-11 years) is priced at £30. Babies & toddlers (age 0-5 years) can attend free, but still need a ticket. A Thursday camping (per vehicle) pass is priced at £15.

To buy tickets, click here.


The festival policy is "to appeal to four generations of people, from the tiny babies through to the great-grannies and great-granddads (and everyone else in between) and have them all partying together at the same time – and lovin' it!"

Fancy dress

Saturday is fancy dress day at Solfest, this year's theme has not yet been announced.

On site

Solfest is expected to include free camping (quiet and noisy!); free parking (next to your tent); plenty of food from around the world; a licensed bar (or you can bring your own); sculptures; a healing area; adult workshops where you can try things such as belly dancing and wood turning; craft stalls; walkabout performances and theatre; a baby area; fire performances; an acoustic music session tent, and friendly and helpful stewards.

The Solfest Workshop programme offers a wide range of activities to educate and inspire.

For kids

Solfest has an action packed kids area for children of all ages, from the Baby Chill-Out with facilities for feeding, changing and resting.

Plus fun things like painting drop-in sessions, circus skills, musical workshops, craft workshops, ultraviolet sandpit, wood lathes and green woodworking, facepainters, songs and stories, Hula Hooping workshops, water play, bubbles, and other toys and activities.

For older kids and teens expect the return of the Trailer Trash Games Emporium, a mobile youth club featuring activities like table football, table tennis and other games and activities.

Early entry

Last year the 'Shoreside' field (Noisy Camping) was open for public access between the hours of 5pm and 10pm on Thursday evening. There was no access to the main festival field or any of the other camping fields until the Friday.

More information will be here when available.

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Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August 2013
Tarnside Farm, Tarns, nr Aspatria, Cumbria, CA7 4NQ, England MAP
early bird £99 adult weekend
daily capacity: 8000
last updated: Mon 22nd Jul 2013

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