Tarnside Farm, Tarns, Nr Aspatria, Cumbria, CA7 4NQ
24, 25, 26th August 2013
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Line up 2015

  • Drystone Stage

    • The Unthanks

      The Unthanks

      You might find them singing in a Tyneside folk club one night, and playing to 2000 Londoners the next, having performed to a primary school in the afternoon. You might find them collaborating with Adrian Utley (Portishead) one moment, and writing the score to an archive film about shipyards the next. Or visiting Africa with Damon Albarn, Flea and Joan As Policewoman and then presenting a TV programme for BBC4 about traditional dance. Rubbing shoulders with Robert Plant, Adele, Elbow and Radiohead at the Mercurys, or in a bunkhouse on the coastline of Northumberland cooking for 50 fans on one of their residential singing weekends. Running singing sessions in the back of a pub on a Monday before heading off to tour America or Australia on the Tuesday. Signing licensing deals with EMI while continuing to record vocals in broom cupboards under the stairs. Spending 9-5 managing their own careers without agents or labels, and heading down the studio in the evening to write scores for a project with a symphony orchestra. Collaborating with Orbital while championing songs from the folk club floor singers of the North East and re-presenting them to anyone who wants to listen. You'll find them played by the folk show on BBC Radio 2, but equally by cutting edge BBC6 Music, Radio 3 and Radio 1 DJs. You might find them on the cover of a folk magazine like fRoots or in the pages of NME. Definable only by their restless eccentricity, there are no easy one-liners to capture who or what The Unthanks are, or much point in guessing what they'll do next.

    • Kathryn Tickell & The Side

      Kathryn Tickell & The Side

      Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria.

      Kathryn is currently recording and touring with her new folk-classical ensemble The Side, comprising Louisa Tuck (cello), Ruth Wall (harp) and Amy Thatcher (accordion, clog dancing). With support from the PRS for Music Foundation, she is writing and commisioning new work. The Side first toured the UK in autumn 2013. The quartet's debut album is released in September followed by UK touring. Early 2015 sees further UK touring and concert hall dates at the Berliner Philharmoniker and Luxembourg Philharmonie.

    • The Baghdaddies

      The Baghdaddies

      Touring the world for over 15 years, the Baghdaddies’ music is world music with strong Balkan tendencies alongside Caribbean grooves, Middle Eastern rhythms and even some Geordie [native Newcastle] touches, all awash with influences such as ska, jazz, punk and metal, delivered with theatre and exuberance. Uplifting and infectiously danceable, full of blistering brass, rousing 5 part vocal harmonies and a rhythm section that you can’t keep still to. Songs to listen to and party!

    • Backyard Rhythm Orchestra

      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.

    • Peatbog Faeries

      Peatbog Faeries

      Welcome to the weird but undoubtedly wonderful world of The Peatbog Faeries, Skye's finest, where you should always expect the unexpected.


      Gloriously unpredictable, a band to treasure." fRoots

      Spring 2015 sees the launch of a great new CD for this now legendary band. To tie in with this they will be undertaking a special promotional tour Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance.

      Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century. They are Peter Morrison (pipes and whistles), Ross Couper (fiddle), Tom Salter (guitar), Innes Hutton (bass, percussion) Graeme Stafford (keyboards) and Stuart Haikney (drums).

      They have toured the world taking their inventive and unique brand of music and light show to audiences far and wide, never failing to fill the floor and delight the crowd. This is high octane Celtic dance music as you’ve never heard it before.

      Be prepared to dance.

    • Pikey Beatz

      Pikey Beatz

      The very welcome return to the Drystone Stage  of fantastic 7 piece Ska/Reggae band from Northumberland. Pikey Beatz are a fun and energetic band that can get a crowd moving with a smile on their face at the same time.

    • Holy Moly and The Crackers

      Holy Moly and The Crackers

      "THey call it circus folk..." Holy Moly and The Crackers are influenced by a wide range of styles and artists; the honest grit and gravel of Woody Guthrie, the gypsy bone-cage burlesque of Gogol Bordello, the spectral clarity of Laura Marling. As such they play a lively, moonshine mix of Romani, Americana and contemporary British ‘folk’n’roll’.

    • Emma and The Professor

      Emma and The Professor

      Emma and The Professor, like Bards of old Albion, call you forth to barrows and circles with their rousing performance of stirring, passionate songs. You can’t resist the charm of this duo as they weave a journey through tales of lusty battles, love lost and found and legends so deeply rich in our heritage. Their closeness as musicians and people can’t help but catch you up in the buzzing atmosphere they create. “Emma Heath is a real voice to listen out for in Folk, merging the haunting sensitivity of Sandy Denny with the commanding battle cries of Robert Plant.” Mark Davies (The Professor) quoted as, “Jimi Hendrix on the Bodhran” and “powerful and lively, never too dominant and always the right ornamentation at the right time. A sovereign, but sensitive player who has the talent to express his musical feeling to his instrument and to the music.” A bouncy, heartfelt, vivid duo with bags of energy and colour!

    • Gingersnap

      Gingersnap

      A tight funk outfit from the NE, featuring the distinctive soul voice of Joanne Robson and a band of startlingly good up-and-coming 'faces' from the NE jazz / funk scene.

    • The Coast Road

      The Coast Road

      Beautifully simple and stylish acoustic jazz-folk arrangements of an eclectic range of songs from the head and heart of Dave Camlin, given light and space by a versatile and accomplished band of fine musicians. The astonishing fretwork of Paul (Baghdaddies) Susans on bass, and Brendan Murphy’s arsenal of unusual percussion - including the remarkable sauvignon-blanc-o-phone – underpin Rachel Cross’ dextrous fiddle, and their close harmonies make for soaring, elegiac music of simple beauty.

    • Moss Troopers

      Tim Elvin’s folk ‘army’ of musicians from west Cumbria and beyond return to the Drystone with their own quirky mix of Tim’s cleverly constructed folk tunes. Lots of the best local musicians playing tunes written specially for Solfest - now in their 9th year!

    • Bridie Jackson and The Arbour

      Bridie Jackson and The Arbour

      Bridie has a unique voice "that despite its strength and power has a whisper like quality that draws you in with its gentle intimacy and bewitching melancholy" (The Crack Magazine). Her voice and “inventive guitar playing that instantly intrigues" (Head Scaffold), are complemented by 'The Arbour', a talented group of musicians who provide rich layers of vocal harmonies alongside combinations of cello, violin, mandolin and bell plates. The range of instruments are used sparingly; "working up magic from seemingly simple elements" (Narc magazine), in a set which varies from entirely a capella to riotous, stomping bluegrass-tinged new folk.

    • Sam Kelly Trio

      Sam Kelly is a twenty-two year old singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the depths of Norfolk. Sam's only link to folk music as a young child lay in the gaelic folk songs that his Irish grandfather would teach him to sing. Although many individual songs and tunes have been lost in the blur of childhood memory, Sam has never lost the love and child-like awe for the beautiful sounds of traditional music, and this passion pours out of him in every note he sings.
      "Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I've seen him perform live a few times and he's amazing...he's so talented" Cara Dillon
      "I think this guy is absolutely brilliant...I love the stuff he does" Mike Harding
      "A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously...Check him out!" Sean Lakeman

    • The Lancashire Hotpots

      The Lancashire Hotpots

      Back to Solfest by popular demand, The Lancashire Hotpots (Members: Bernard Thresher (vocals, guitar, hard drive defragging) Dickie Ticker (melodica, hand percussion, wireless networking) Bob Wriggles (bass, TCP/IP and IPX Routing) Kenny Body (Drums, matters of health and safety) Billy McCartney (Keyboards, 'Merseyside correspondent') make a very welcome return in 2015 with their unique blend of comedy folk.

  • Bar Stage

    • Annemarie Quinn

      Annemarie Quinn

      Annemarie Quinn is a singer songwriter hailing from the unique Lake District town of Keswick. Taking up the guitar and violin from an early age, she has developed her song writing techniques, becoming a prolific composer of beautiful music that reflects the lakes and mountains that she loves. Annemarie conbines her passion for the rural landscape with the broad music influences ranging from the folk stylings of Kate Rusby and Mumford and Sons to the memorable melodies of Bob Marley and Paul Simon. In doing so, she has homed a style that is uplifting, sun-shining and heart-warming, which continues to attract a large and growing following, locally and further afield. Annemarie has played at venues and festivals all over the country including The 02 Academy London, The Wickerman Festival Scotland and The Cavern Club Liverpool.

      With an album and single already on iTunes, Annemarie is currently in the middle of brand new recordings to be released later this year. After three years of classical training, Annemarie has recently graduating with with a First Class BA Hons Music Degree from Manchester Metropolitan and is now a full time professional musician, taking on the music industry by storm!

    • Mylittlebrother

      Mylittlebrother

      MYLITTLEBROTHER

       

      mylittlebrother we formed when 8 friends, who loved music, decided to get together, fuelled by gin, haribo and Pet Sounds, to write and record some. Their debut album "If We Never Came Down" with released to critical acclaim in 2014, and got airplay on BBC 6 Music, and on Radio 1, amongst others. This was backed up with sold-out gigs across the north of England and Scotland, and a string of well received festival appearances across the UK

    • Young Rebel Set

      Young Rebel Set

      Forget what you think you know about Young Rebel Set. For a start they don’t smell of whiskey.

       

      This is quite surprise in itself. For a band who up till now have unwittingly looked like the sort of group who should (and quite often have) been shrouded in the aroma of Scotch; who’ve subtly poked fun at their Teeside roots with videos set in dimly-lit pubs and working men’s clubs, this is a change in look. One that comes alongside a new album, ‘Crocodile’ which has taken their soul-searching sound to another place. It is a record full of dilemmas; haunted by mistakes and apologies. It has a injured bravado but walks with its head held high. 

    • Samuel S Parkes

      Samuel S Parkes

      Samuel S. Parkes is a Mod. He wears his influences firmly on his paisley pattern sleeve. His brand of up-tempo, uplifting Northern Soul Stompers make him impossible to ignore on the live & festival scene.

      influenced by a love for soul 45's
      "Night Owl EP" was launched in march to a sold out crowd in Leeds & has gone on to sell out a limited 500 physical copies.

      Samuel's first year active has seen him earn support slots with the likes of Cast/Ocean Colour Scene/The Rifles/Dexters & Motown Legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.

      The BBC's Alan Raw names Samuel as best of 2014 & ones to watch in 2015.

    • Heartbreak Remedy

      Heartbreak Remedy

      Heartbreak Remedy are a groove led rock band, based in the Lake District, UK, who formed early 2013, on the back of a drunken night out discussing music and ideas, the motivation for Heartbreak Remedy was ignited.

      Bass/Vocalist Matty and Drummer Stephen have played together for 13 + years and were discussing starting a new band, writing and playing all original music. They enlisted the talent of Luke, who Stephen had known a while, having traveled a bit together and had spoken music, most of the time.

    • We Are Quasars

      We Are Quasars

      Carlisle based band WeAreQuasars formed in 2013 and play their own brand of melodic indie/rock about wings, sandstorms, bruises, floorboards, breakdowns, silence and fire...
      2014 saw the band release their debut EP 'In the Shadows of Mountains' which received great reviews locally as well as nationally, even receiving support from as far as America - their second EP 'The Cities Lost Beneath Us' is due for release this Summer.
      They have enjoyed huge support from BBC Introducing in Cumbria including recording a Live Session with them.

    • Popgun

      Popgun

      PopGun are a Cumbria based group with a gift to give of well crafted tunes delivered with love and care. PopGun make up all our own words and music and hope you agree that the sound that comes out when we press play is strong, tuneful and brings joy and happiness. PopGun have been working hard on new songs and so we hope you will enjoy these, along with a mix of our old and loved numbers too. You never know, PopGun might even drop in one carefully selected cover! PopGun are counting the days until we see you all back in the bar tent on a glorious sunny day in August....All together...1-2-3-4.

    • The Exiles

      The Exiles

      The Exiles are a punk rock band with members based in Scotland and the north of England:

      Phil – vocals and bass
      Simon – guitar and vocals
      Tef – drums

       

      The Exiles are on a mission to inject revolution back into rock’n’roll!

    • Afterglow

      Afterglow

      Afterglow are a 4 piece band based in Norfolk.

      The band has an Indie Rock sound, mixed with some light funk influences.

      Influences include: Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Bombay Bicycle Club, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Keys and Bruno Mars.

      Afterglow met at the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn. This lead to the band playing covers for fun before they started work on writing their own material.

      In 2013 Afterglow released 'Home'. A 5 track E.P which generated interest in various Radio stations including BBC Norfolk Introducing.

      In March 2014 Afterglow will release a second E.P called 'Time'. The First track 'Pressure' was released on Christmas Day (2013) as a music video. The track has also had it's first play on BBC Norfolk Introducing.

    • The Borgias

      The Borgias

      An indie/alt/dance sound from Birmingham.
      KaYc Mundee on vocals, Jason Stretton on keyboard and Craig Black on guitars , giving a unique distorted sound. We love music so weve searched the depths and found fat dancey beats to wonder the universe . Helping sooth the seas .
      **WARNING** contains head nodding

    • No Thrills

      No Thrills

      Over the past sixteen years No Thrills have supported some of the biggest names in punk - Dead Kennedys, UK Subs, The Damned, Cockney Rejects, Control and Vice Squad, released three albums, 'Sally's Seven Deadly Hymns', 'Off The Rails' and 'Us Against 'em All', and have a loyal and dedicated bunch of fans who follow the band just about everywhere they play. In 2013 the band went from strength to strength and saw the release of a 23 track DIY album recorded in their rehearsal room called 'It's What’s Inside', comprising of six new songs and seventeen revamped crowd favourites from down the years. With appearances at Rebellion and Nice 'N' Sleazy festival already on the books for 2014, a European tour and a new studio album in the pipeline, No Thrills are on the top of their game, loving what they do, and that radiates out through the speakers or from the stage. They are; in their own words, quite literally, "punk rock till we die" 

    • Bombskare

      Bombskare

      Edinburgh’s 9 man juggernaut, Bombskare, are firmly established as one of the most explosive and entertaining live acts in the country for their trademark high energy shows.

      They are masterful musicians and performers. An awesome live band, they steal any show with ease, using breakneck ska rhythms and lush, three-part harmonies with choppy guitar sounds and an explosive horn section to truly blow the audience away. An eclectic blending of musical styles with 100 mile an hour dance floor filling crowd pleasers cements Bombskare’s undisputed reputation as Scotland’s premier skank masters.

      The band were formed around the time of Charlemagne. That would make them over twelve hundred years old, which feels about right, but until they get round to carbon dating Papa Joe, their oldest member, it’s all just speculation. You might not realise this, but Ska music before the Middle Ages was quite different. It was slower for a start, with a lot less electricity.

      With their renowned hometown ‘Skalloween’ club night attracting a 1000 sellout crowd Bombskare have, in the past two years, steadily begun a sonic assault on England with acclaimed performances at Boomtown, Solfest and Nozstock, to name a few. Fast losing their tag of Scotland’s best kept secret, the rest of the UK are wisening up to their talents.

      All in all Bombskare are a band with their tongue firmly in their cheek. They don’t take themselves too seriously and they work hard and party harder. You are guaranteed the most energetic, fun gig you are likely to experience anywhere!

      GigApe - Live @ O2 Toots & The Maytals “ These guys rock and are truly the best in the business…true musicians and true performers…rare attributes these days 10/10.”

    • No Coward Soul

      No Coward Soul

      No Coward Soul is a Folk Americana band fronted by Alaskan singer-songwriter Brad Schmauss. Their lush three part harmonies and powerful, energetic rhythms support the dark poetry of Brad’s lyrics and make them an exciting, un-forgettable live act. They are an experienced group who have played at a variety of festivals and great venues, including: Harvest at Jimmy’s, The Dublin Castle, Bull & Gate and headline spots at The Half Moon, Folk of the Wood, and the Underbelly.

      The London based band has just released their ‘Scarecrow’ EP and is lining up a tour to support this. The line-up includes Mandolin, Accordion, Cajon, Guitar, Banjo and occasionally Ukelele and Melodica.

    • The Skints

      The Skints

      The Skints mix reggae, ska, dub, punk & hip-hop, dubbing their sound as 'East London Reggae'.

    • The Hoochie Coochie Moonshine Band

      The Hoochie Coochie Moonshine Band

      The HCMB formed when friends started jamming in the local pubs and parties, there's a common interest in good ale and a raucous beat that results in a unique and infectious interpretation of great Irish based folk tunes and a few surprises as well... Guaranteed to get you dancing!

    • Kev Kendal

      Kev Kendal

      Former front man of mod covers band “Sound” Kev hung up his parka in 2007. Five years later (on 12-12-12 ) he relaunched himself onto the music scene as a singer songwriter and has not looked back since. Recent billings include supporting britpop legends Dodgy and Bruce Foxton’s reincarnation From The Jam. His own brand of #acousticmod blends nicely with his own material about love, life and rice pudding!

    • The Talks

      The Talks

      The Talks - Dub/Ska rockers from Yorkshire, UK.

      In just a short space of time The Talks have built themselves a compelling live reputation across the UK and Europe for delivering sweaty, high octane, dance floor filling shows, treading the boards with the likes of Madness, The Specials, Rancid, The Beat and many more.

      2013 saw the band release their eagerly anticipated ‘Westsinister’ E.P. along with singles ‘Can Stand The Rain’ - featuring the legendary Neville Staple from The Specials – and the YouTube smash ‘Friday Night’. The E.P. and respective singles achieved much success with Ska Punk and commercial listeners across the UK and Europe and also achieved the playlists of certain American, Australian and Japanese Ska orientated radio stations. With main stage performances at globally renowned festivals such as ‘This Is Ska’ (DE), ‘Mighty Sounds’ (CZ) and ‘Rebellion’, tweets of appraisal and support from new wave big hitters ‘Less Than Jake’, glowing reviews and cover features from Big Cheese and Vive Le Rock Magazines - not to mention appearing in programmes on various UK TV networks - the bands reputation has surged from strength to strength.

      In April 2014 the band released ‘Don’t Look Behind You’, their first single from upcoming album ‘Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves’, which boosted the bands popularity seeing them dramatically increase their touring schedule and break through further into commercial and alternative media across Europe. Proceeding with a successful second single "Radio" in their back pocket, The Talks shortly followed with new album ‘Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves' and set out on an extensive European tour. Totalling up 40 gigs spanning two months across 9 different countries, and about 10,000 miles of tarmac, the band were able to explore a lot of new, wide reaching territories and deliver the mayhem to brand new audiences in places such as Italy, Austria, Poland and Croatia.

      The openly received 'Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves' was released on 24th November 2014, as sales continue to rise and listenership grows evermore with air-play globally. And 2015 has got off to a blistering start with January’s release of live album 'Live at Kendal Calling', delivering The Talks seminal 2014 performance with all the punch and verve of a band in pole position.

      Be sure to not miss this band in 2015!

    • Stark

      Stark

      With their unorthodox blend of old and new from both sides of the Atlantic, Stark defy categorisation. Their infectious melodies, poetic lyrics and unique arrangements have won Stark a dedicated and growing fan base. For the last three years, this Brighton-based trio have been honing their song writing and performance skills, recording, producing and releasing their own music - to huge critical acclaim. They have been featured by a host of different publications, including Classic Rock, Fame, R2, Sound on Sound, Artrocker and as Critic's Choice in Time Out. Their new single 'Tunnel Vision' has continued the development of their sound, and is receiving amazing responses from around the world. Watch this space!

      'Clearly modern, gritty but groovy' - Classic Rock

      'Their sound is dirty and so tight it's waterproof' - Fame

      'A sound so explosive you may just fall off your chair' - The Vinyl District, UK Artist of the Week

    • Wilf Stone

      Wilf Stone

      Hailing from the rolling green hills of rural Northumberland, based in the urban backdrop of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Wilf Stone has been performing soulful performances for seven years. Drawing from his own experiences and those of others his songs tend toward the meaningful and sometimes, political. Spreading a message of understanding, tolerance (most of the time) and love Wilf has left audiences all over Britain happy and eager to hear more. Wilf's debut album "Chameleon Tree" is available at wilfstone.bandcamp.com for £5

    • Degrees Of Up

      Degrees Of Up

      Degrees of Up is an upcoming alternative music band, that creates a fusion of different genres and playing styles coming together as one. It originally started as an in college Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute band, performing songs such as ‘Give it Away’ and ‘Under the Bridge’. Though later on they felt the band had a good connection and wanted to start creating its own Material.

      The band is put together with 5 South Cumbrian music students from Kendal college.

  • The Love Shack

    • The Love shack

      The Love shack returns to Solfest this year with a Stellar line-up including:

      Paul Thompson
      Pablo Mescalito
      Iain Pattinson
      Tim Atkinson
      Dubbers
      Peach
      Lindsay
      John Tree
      Professor Les Wilkins
      Marvin Wilkins
      Kingtinny
      Stu Miller
      Jayney Mac
      EJ the DJ
      Roc Vicar

      Full biographies and links are to follow in the near future.

  • House of Joy

    • Lost & Found Stage in the Electric Village

      • Banco de Gaia

        Banco de Gaia

        Toby Marks was born in South London in 1964. He was drawn to music from an early age and formed his first band as a drummer, aged 14. He went on to sing and play guitar in a variety of styles, exploring rock, folk, jazz and world music, before discovering electronic dance music via the late ‘80s Acid House scene.

        In 1989 he formed Banco de Gaia, focussing on world music-infused dance and ambient/chill-out styles, and has released 17 albums (or 20 if you include some early cassette-only releases). His official debut album Maya received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and he achieved notoriety for his pro-Tibetan follow up Last Train to Lhasa.

        As Banco de Gaia he continues to play live and DJ worldwide and has previously performed with a variety of other musicians as a live band.

      • D.J. Templehead

        D.J. Templehead

        DJ Templehead (Dom to his mates) is playing his 3rd Solfest and can be heard in both the dance tent (generally 'avin it) and also the Dogs in Space tent where he will be playing this sort of stuff HERE. A seasoned veteran, Dom was a Megadog tour DJ, has played at Glastonbury, WOMAD and the infamous Megadog beach festival (were you there?). "I love playing to the Dogs in Space crowd because there's no rules. And I love Michael Dog - one of my DJ hero's, I still get a buzz out of working with him, legend :-)

      • Room Full of Mirrors

        The inimitable Room Full Of Mirrors draw upon every rootsy genre they can get their grubby little mitts on, from Celtic tunes to reggae grooves, Eastern European vibes to Americana, Middle Eastern sounds to English folk music, drawing it all together with a pop sensibility and an infectious groove...

      • 8:58

        I’ve always been interested in time,” says Paul Hartnoll, until recently one half of Orbital, Britain’s beloved, torch-bespectacled electronic innovators and live techno pioneers who brought down the curtain on a 25 year career in 2014. “I’ve always had a thing for clocks, and for time as a powerful force — but also the way time oppresses you. It’s one of those things I keep coming back to.”

      • Radioactive Man (LIVE)

        Radioactive Man (LIVE)

        Keith Tenniswood (better known as Radioactive Man and to most perhaps best as one half of Two Lone Swordsmen with Andrew Weatherall) is one of those cult status DJ’s – skirting the vanguards of rave culture serving as the UK’s figurehead of Drexcyian born electro. Speak to many a contemporary and they cite R_man as one of their major influences and a producer and DJ doing very much his own thing. Tenniswood was in fact the first UK rep to bring DJ Stingray over to the UK to his infamous Control Tower parties – his fierce 150 bpm militant electro label co-run with Dexorcist and still vehemently carries the flag for that magnificently heavy beat.

      • Age Of Glass

        Age Of Glass

        Reaching back through the annals of time, The Age of Glass pluck at the abundance of styles which rocked the world of music, blending them up in a whirlwind of contemporary 21st century modulation. With a stage show of monstrous energy and proportions, these boys are here to crawl inside your ears like a crazed bug, nibbling at your brain and digesting it into an aural soup, the like of which has never been tasted or heard before

      • Werkha

        Werkha

        Werkha is the project of musician and producer Tom A. Leah. After a big year in which his reputation has swiftly spread, this rising talent has now signed to Tru Thoughts and is putting the finishing touches to a clutch of new tunes to be released in 2014.

        Since Werkha unleashed his debut ‘Cube & Puzzle’ EP on Cool Kid Music, in September 2012, the release has become something of an underground sensation, enjoying airplay throughout Europe, most notably from the godfather of world music, Gilles Peterson.

        Hailing from Manchester, Leah began feeding his musical passions with classical, folk, and jazz music as a youngster. After leaving the bricks of Manchester for the sticks of Cumbria, a subsequently well-travelled childhood exposed him to a vibrant landscape of varied musical styles.

        This has clearly been manifested in the sound he has harnessed as Werkha. If you have yet to sample the delights, expect to hear an infectious fusion of Afrobeat, bass, house, jazz, funk and soul, bound together and brought bang up to date through contemporary electronic production that never stands still.

        “It’s important to switch tempos around, keep things moving, and bring something different to everyone”, Leah enthuses.

        A string of UK dates in early 2013 served to further raise Werkha’s profile. This led to him being recruited on remixing duties for fellow Mancunians, Dutch Uncles, on their single ‘Fester’, introducing his production style to a whole new audience.

        Werkha cites physical instrumentation, and his own live recordings, as the essential ingredient that gives his sound its consistent energy and unique identity.

        More recent productions further explore this live instrumentation and point towards a more layered sound that is set to characterise future works. Through all this, Werkha retains the electronic contiguity that led to ‘Cube & Puzzle’ ruffling the feathers of so many luminaries of the dance world.

        With a successful 2013 under his belt, and a new label base, watch this space for the rise and rise of Werkha.

      • Silverclub

        It’s got Talking Heads, it’s got Human League, it’s got Beck, it’s got Bowie, it’s really brilliant. I’ve got a new rival.” – John Bramwell, I Am Kloot
        Silverclub are :
        Duncan Edward Jones – Vox, Guitars, Programming.
        Henrietta Smith-Rolla – Synths, Vox
        Gareth Carbery – Programming, Turntables, FX, Synths
        Ian ‘Budgie’ Jones – Drums

      • Gella

        Gella's unique, twisted production style has established him a versatile remixer of choice across the bass music scene and beyond.

        With a career in music stretching back to the mid-90s, Andy refined his production skills with releases under several psudonyms leading up to an explosive debut as Gella in 2007 remixing Baobinga & ID's "Jump Up Get Hype". The remix received rave reviews from the major UK Dance Music press.

        Gella has remixed artists including Si Begg, Elite Force, Eskmo and Meat Katie and rocked dancefloors with original productions such as "Twinkle" featuring MC $pyda.

        Gella tunes and remixes have appeared on these fine record LABELS
        Sub Slayers
        Noodles Recordings
        U & A
        Botchit & Scarper
        Fat! Recordings
        Hardcore Beats
        Bassrock
        Valium
        Mutate Recordings
        Digital Distortions

      • Projekt Dataline

        Dataline is Cenk Sayinli (Jake). This is a project which focuses on making electronic music using Elektron Music Machines and performing with them wherever possible...

        Cenk's first musical experience started through a commodore64. Astonished by the those sounds, he decided to craft his own music using hardware sequencers and drum machines. Dataline first started as solo project around the early 90s while living in Istanbul. After moving back to UK and getting hold of an Elektron Machinedrum, he never looked back and did many gigs around Europe using only Monomachine and Machinedrum, taking part in gigs with well known acts like Vector Lovers and Daedelus.

        Dataline also did live jamming sessions with Koshi Mazaki a.k.a Radek Rudnicki - Polish electronic music artist, who is living and studying in York. Video

        During his time in the UK, Cenk became a resident performer at the LaptopLounge - a well known electronic music night in Edinburgh.

        From the beginning of 2012 Dataline was participating in the project Weeklybeats, where every Sunday artists are releasing new tracks till the end of the year.

        After acquiring the Octatrack - Elektron's latest 'invention' and OP1 - portable wonder from Teenage engineenering, Dataline performed with Elektron trinity (Machinedrum, Monomachine, Octatrack) and OP1 combined together. Though his latest performances also include Elektron's newest product - 4 voice analog synthesizer AnalogFour.

        At the moment Cenk is living in Gothenburg (Sweden) and actively works and promotes Elektron Music machines.

      • Seventyfourpercent

        seventyfourpercent is a collision of tastes, influences, opinions, attitudes and musical backgrounds, fused by a shared desire to create unique music.

        Joe - Vox
        Cozza - Guitar
        Troy - Bass
        Joe - Keys
        Buck - Drums

      • Ska ya Man

        Ska ya Man

        Live Digital Reggae Dub from Scotland. Mixing live drums, bass, trumpet, guitar with Ableton and Conscious lyrics . Our aim is to connect the dance floor. We formed in 2009 and since then have played all over the UK. In 2012 we recorded our first ep 'Blessing', 2013 we took a break and now in 2014 were back with a whole new set. This is Roots, this is real this is now. The world is waking up and so have we.

      • Where's North?

        Where's North?

        DJ, Producer and Live Outfit

        Pulling together influences from genres across the board to infuse with the bass/breakbeat style that is Where'sNorth? Bass, Barminess & Crazy remixes are a speciality, with a rapid mixing style and high energy sets Where'sNorth is one DJ to be keeping your eye on!

        Recently Shortlisted in Breakspolls 2014 Best New DJ Category and Having played head turning and dancefloor fueling sets alongside the likes of; Stanton Warriors, Deekline, Ed Solo, A.Skillz, Stickybuds, Benny Page and even Major House heads like Breach, Route 94, Kidnap Kid, Eats Everything and Hannah Wants on top of many many more 'Where'sNorth?' has firmly cemented himself in the northern Breaks/underground music scene and continues to push the sound he loves!

        Currently releasing material via the underground dance label 48 Inch Records. Open to Releases by more so labels get in touch..!

        Recently having made the break-through to a Live Act, Where'sNorth [LIVE] is a 6 piece band amounting of a Sax, Guitar + Synth Unit, Drums, Percussionist and Sampling, Guest Vocalists and of course Where'sNorth himself on the 1's & 2's! Blasting a huge Breaks/Tech Funk/Techno sound with cutting edge fusion of influences, The Live show is something that everyone needs to see!

      • Flapsandwich

        Flapsandwich
      • Deaf Eric (live)

        Deaf Eric (live)

        Deaf Eric is a DJ/Producer from West Cumbria. His debut live performance at Solfest combines Synthesis, Drum machines and live improvised remixes. Using a blend of original material and sampled classics to keep you on your toes and dancing.
        Influences on his performance style include The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk and as a Solfest resident Deaf Eric has performed alongside the likes of Plump DJs, Utah Saints and The Freestylers. Creating a fusion of his influences on the fly into a unique performance every time.

      • Dohnut (Formerly known as eating disorder)

        Dohnut (Formerly known as eating disorder)

        Hello. We are Dohnut. A six piece disco punk rave unit from Bentham in North Yorkshire. We are here to share the cake with you and your friends. Get along to witness the stupendous live show and get down to our next level beats.
        As someone who has tried the cake says, “Somewhere in the vast territories between punk, house and disco music, Dohnut have found their groove and are here to pass it round. Whatever you do, don’t miss this band!”
        Our mission is to unite the world and share the cake. We do this with a smiley face and a four to the floor drum beat. Zef.

      • The Farmer

        A veteran of the north west outdoor party scene and original member of The Farmyard Noises Soundsystem who have been running parties around Cumbria for 19 years .
        He lives up in the hills with bracken and sheep for company and has been making the vegetation shudder and vibrate to his breaks and bouncy house sounds till the cows come home.
        Recently exploring the Bass & Ghetto Funk sounds... to add to his already eclectic array of good time party music and unmistakable style. A regular at Solfest and Beatherder festivals, with regular gigs and apperances around the northern party scene. Come on down the farmyard...

      • Mr Kipling

      • Funcklebuck (aka LSD-Licious)

      • Cumfy LIVE

        Chris McBryde has been using Cumfy as his DJ Production name since about 2001, when it was given to him by mates... during some very late night sessions...!
        He likes to make live mixes using korg electribes, often layering synths, FX, live vox and traditional instruments. He likes them unedited... one take... live meaning live...
        His music ranges from the bouncy and trippy to tech/trance and breakbeat sounds, with a lounge feel at times, sampledelic, musical and with old school hip-hop sensibilities, expect plenty of nice fat synth workouts and deep sub bass... all touched with his wry humour!
        Cumfy can also be found mixing it up on the ones and two's and is a key member of the Lost n Found crew, often playing back to back with The Hobo. He likes the late night sessions most, as anything goes... expect the unexpected...!

      • Heatpod

      • The Hobo (aka DJ TurtleWax)

        The Hobo (aka DJ TurtleWax)

        The Hobo (aka DJ Turtlewax)

        With a long history at Solfest, having played here since the begining. The Hobo (aka DJ Turtlewax), (or whatever he's calling himself this week) is part of the furniture... Spawn of the northern party scene and inspired by these early experiences. Part of the "Lost n Found" crew, your hosts for this new stage. "For them this year is all about giving back the love... A love that's been informed by exposure to two decades of DIY and soundsystem culture & has given birth to long established music addictions" He's now been playing records (he likes) to fellow hedonists, like minds, freaks, geeks, the lovely and the insane for the best part of 18 years... honing his skills at home, house parties & after party sessions, free parties, dirty little clubs & festivals mostly in & around the north, north west & Scotland...
        With an eclectic taste and strict adherence to a policy of substance over style and a distinct lack of hype, trends or fashion means you should leave your expectations at the door and just enjoy the MUSIC...!

      • A Man About dog

      • DJClumsy (Madhatters)

        Another vetran DJ and promoter of the northern party scene, having established and run The Preston Madhatters Soundsystem in the North of England for the last 12 years. He's been DJing using vinyl for about 15 years.
        In the past he has supported legends such as the Liberator DJ's & Ege Bam Yasi, Sicknote, Astralaisia and various other artists. In the last few months he's supported Zion Train, DreadZone and the Orb at Hebden Bridge Trades club in Yorkshire...
        He's also held residencies for Megadog soundsystem, Leaf Secrets, Madhatters and a bunch of other nights.

      • Dicky Flower

        Dicky Flower

        Proudly delivering shonky mixing since 1992...

    • Stylus in the Electric Village

      • Acid Rockers

      • Gemma Furbank

        Gemma Furbank

        Gemma Furbank is an International House, Techno and Electronica DJ and Producer. She is a Vestax Europe Pro Artist, Orbit resident, Union Label and Re-Konstrukt Artist. She also runs 2 Radio Shows.
        Gemma also specialises in Graphite, Traditional Drawings.

      • Sam Pemberton

        Currently a part of Carlisle's Dead Horse Gang, dropping House Disco and Techno bomb's on a regular basis.

      • Adam Kellet

      • Ben Jones

      • Adam Broadly

      • Robin Walker / Fallback Productions

      • Josh

      • Ritchie Barrow

      • Pod

      • Dirtbox Dj's

      • The Whip

      • Sly & Shakey

      • Organic Dj's

    • Unity Sessions in the Electric Village

      • El-B

        El-B

        Even if recognition at large forever eludes him, one thing is certain: British producer El-B has already left his mark on the music world for eternity, as he is universally considered one of the pioneers of dubstep. His road to such prominence almost naturally began by immersing himself in the genre's immediate progenitor, 2-step. He was initially one half of the duo known as Groove Chronicles but left in 1999 to pursue a solo career. He runs the Ghost Recordings label and is also part of the duo El-Tuff.

      • Zha

        Zha

        Zha is a Grime and Garage producer based in Southampton with support from artists such as Spooky, Logan Sama, Amy Becker, Starone and many more. After having his music played on Rinse FM, Empire FM, Rood FM, DejaVu FM, Zha has developed a strong following and has begun to focus his sound on Asian and Middle Eastern sounding Grime. Zha has released five EP's and worked on remixes for Dullah Beatz, Trends, B Major, Wiley, J Beatz, Champion and many others including seeing two tracks onto vinyl on his own record label 'White Peach'. The much anticipated 'Southampton Lengman' record is coming to vinyl in June which has been relentlessly battered up and down the country. Zha also runs Fent Plates which is a strong and established Record Label.

      • La La & The Boo Ya

        La La & The Boo Ya

        La La & the Boo Ya are Marf & Eddie, a sibling collaboration based in West Yorkshire, UK. They describe the music they create as "songs for dancefloors and kitchen tables". Music is in their blood, and the eclectic flavours they grew up with have shaped their unpinnable sound. Be it their dad's John Peel cassettes or their uncle's ska band, family folk songs round the fire or mum's car speakers pumping soul and reggae, big sister's Smiths records or big bro's jungle-mania - it's all there, with plenty more to boot. There's a fair bit of genre teasing - flitting between electro, ragga, folk, break-beat, funk, dubstep and tear-out jungle. The basslines jump from dirty and distorted to bouncy and playful. It's this sense of fun that binds together the creative flows of brother and sister. Marf has the lyrical ability to be sincere and tongue in cheek at the same time, part folk songstress and part rude gal - her husky tones pack a punch as, from song to song, she veers from the very personal to the downright political, discussing 21st century environments with sweet melodies and brutal honesty.

      • Dub Boy

        Dub Boy

        Bristol's Dub Boy is a DJ, producer and promoter of international esteem who plays a wide variety of soundsystem and carnival musics. He is the driving force behind the seminal clubnights, Ruffnek Diskotek and Monster Bass, and performs regularly across the UK and Europe, including festivals such as Glastonbury, Outlook and Boomtown. Through regular mixtapes and music released through legendary Bristol labels such as Idle Hands & Punch Drunk, he has become one of the most relevant dancehall DJ's on the scene, naturally joining the dots between soundsystem culture and underground dance music. 2009 saw Venue magazine vote him Bristol's 2nd best DJ behind Joker. Dub boy regularly plays Dancehall & Soundsystem shows with top raggamuffin MC, Tenja (of Dubheart fame), or Soca, Bashment & Juke shows with Atki2 as The Dutty Inspectors. His bag of dubplate specials, unreleased exclusives and infamous mashups and remixes always get crowds moving ...... waistlines never fail to wine!

      • PulseCode

        PulseCode

        PulseCode is a southwest producer of a variety of mid tempo dance genres and he is a resident DJ for Jenga Sound System from garage to techno never failing to get a crowd moving.

      • Iller Instinct

        Iller Instinct

        Iller Instinct has been banging out sets before he could even bang out a beard. He's known by his production of Jungle and also 2 Step. But in his DJ sets he will play a wide variety of music ranging from 140bpm all the way to 200bpm depending on the time and the place. A new comer to the game but defiantly one to watch out for!

      • Amen Shamen

        Amen Shamen

        Amen Shamen is a 21 year old jungle producer and resident DJ for Jenga Sound System currently living in Bristol always aiming to make and freely distribute lively jungle and dub designed for the dance floor.

      • Rezaloot

        Rezaloot

        Rezaloot up and coming production duo based in bristol making all kinds of heavy neuro beats specialising in DnB.

      • Dutty Inspector

        Dutty Inspector

        The Dutty Inspectors are Atki2 and Dub Boy, a DJ & production duo from Bristol. Their sound is a rowdy cocktail of soca, rave and dancehall aimed squarely at your waistline!
        Atki2 & Dub Boy formed the project in 2013 through promoting Bristol's legendary Ruffnek Diskotek parties together and releasing music on the influential Idle Hands label. Driven by a healthy appetite for soca music, rum and rave culture, they're fast building up a reputation as exciting, energetic performers that are hyping up crowds up and down the UK with their lively and creative DJ sets.

        Their music has already received support from artists such as Addison Groove, DJ Die and Dre Skull and they recently won the influential Mixpak Records 'Gypsy Riddim' remix competition with their ferocious version of Famous Eno & Rubi Dan's 'Terminator'.

      • Babylon Uprising

        Babylon Uprising

        Babylon Uprising Market Soundsystem ft. Boa Kusasa, Mincewa and Junior J, run by legendary south-west bassweight warriors ‘theBRSS’ , is a celebration of this journey, an adventure in dub. Paying homage to the originators and foundation of the sound, and journeying all the way through to explore the furthermost regions of dance and bass that is being created by the producers of the future. Stay locked online to theBRSS and Babylon Uprising, and experience the finest in soundsystem culture.

      • OmniRythm

        OmniRythm

        Head Jungle honcho at Technicolour Sounds and certified reprobate Omnirhythm. Part time knob'ed, Full time Jungle spinning, bass making, amen shuffling badman. Represents Jungle Cat/Amental/LLTA/UK Jungle and ofcourse Technicolour sounds.

      • Papa Shanti

        Papa Shanti

        Based in the North, playing a selection of tribal roots, dub sampled, jungle swinging, afro-bashment, ragga-muffin, off-beat drum and bass music.
        Played festivals such as Boom Town Fair, Eden Festival/Eden's Masked Ball, Camp Bestival, Solfest, Ravenstonedale Festival, Playing For Change and Wild Out West etc.

        Supported acts such as ANT TC1, Aries, Jacky Murda, Jinx in Dub, Dub Smugglers, Red Eye HiFi, Chief Rockas, Riddim Tuffa, Zion Train, Origin One, Slugabed, Dave Beer, Skittles, Parly B, etc.

        Co-founder of Unity Sessions & Born Inna Babylon, resident DJ of JAMbEATER Sound System.

      • Dr. Oscillator

        Dr. Oscillator

        Dr. oscillator's sound is the agression of grime and DnB forged with the infectious funk in uk garage and 4x4 bassline tunes and is already supported by scene stalwarts Flava D and Dr Cryptic. With dancefloor destroying releases on such labels as Project All Out and Cryptic's Chip Butty imprint it's no time before this guy explodes. Guaranteed to screw your face right up.

      • Spoovoy

        Spoovoy

        Spoovoy has been mashing up dances across the North for over a decade, moving the people with choice cuts of forward thinking positive vibes music, including dancehall, ragga jungle and dubwise bass music.

      • Schnez

        Schnez

        Straight out of NG5: Surprising, engaging, progressive and non stop filthy are just some of the expressions used to describe the porno Schnez's granny was in. Expect a mash of oldskool, hardcore, acid through to ravecore with nothing in between except the broken dreams of people who used to like dubstep. With a number of releases on Long Live the Animals, he continues to purvey his sound of amens, donks and cheese. Bring your inhaler and prepare yourself for an assma attack. Namaste!

      • Mr. Joon

        Mr. Joon

        Mr. Joon is a small time Drum and Bass producer and DJ originally from the sticks but currently residing in the mighty Leeds. Getting involved in the huge scene Leeds has to offer - making links with such well known nights as Overflow and the ever expanding Rush Records. Spinning some of the biggest dnb tunes old and new, Mr. Joon is sure to make you move your feet and skank to your hearts content. Keep an eye out for future releases this year, its sure to be a biggie!

      • Somah

        Somah

        Somah is the auditory explorations of Joe Rooney, inspired by the early days of dubstep, he has managed to carve out his own unique take on the genre infusing elements of garage, dub-techno and post-rock, adopting the mantra "anything goes at 140". Somah’s heavily swung beat patterns and earth shattering sub-bass has earned him an impressive following in the past 2 years. Expect neck-snapping 2-step riddims and nuff dubs.

      • Supa Ape

        Supa Ape

        Manchester based DJ producing roots driven Ragga-Jungle. The Supa Ape sound spans a variety of styles, from earth shaking amen rinse-outs to uplifting dubwise anthems. Having recently released some bangers on Deep In The Jungle Records, expect old school vibes, reggae dub heritage and above all.. postive energy inna dance.

      • King Cargo

        King Cargo

        Originally hailing from West Cumbria but currently based straight outta' Saigon in southeast Asia, King Cargo is a sonic explorer, selecter and DJ. Returning for a special one-off with the Unity Crew, his eclectic taste span continents with a tropical twist, from dub cumbia, afro-house to global bass. A real tiptoe through the BPMs, genres and soundscapes, designed to get you down and dirty.

      • Oh My Josh

        Oh My Josh

        After dj'ing for 6 years all over Scotland, Oh My Josh is a regular in the Scottish festival and club scene bringing a versatile selection from Jungle to hard and techy Drum & Bass. After supporting such artists as Dillinja, Aphrodite, Kasra, Emperor and Ivy Lab alongside running Kryptonik Sound Kollective and Basstonik club night, prepare to get sweaty to an all out DnB attack.

      • BiG JiMSTARR

        BiG JiMSTARR

        BiGJiMSTARR Putting the magic in magical bean! Unity Sessions rudeboii, this man brings you the best in underground and oldschool hip-hop.

      • Abarai

        Abarai

        Abarai started mixing when he was 16, influenced by such DJs as Ferry Corsten, it wasn't until he saw Goldie live that he found his love in mixing drum and bass using the techniques that he picked up from trance. Now with a broad taste he incorporates different styles such as jump up, neuro funk and jungle to satisfy every ravers needs.

      • 1point5

        1point5

        1point5 is a Leeds-based artist originally from West Cumbria producing electronic music with a distinctive style derived from a dark UK garage sound. With various releases on labels spearheading the current movement of new-school UK garage and support from big-name DJs in the scene, he's surely one to watch.

      • Inari

        Inari

        Straight up bangaz for your nannaz!

      • Dom HZ

        Dom HZ

        Dom HZ: Manchester selectah extraordinaire Dom Hz propagates a one-off blend of bass music.
        Dub, Two-step, Reggae, Hiphop, Drum n Bass and a host more influences are all absorbed
        and compounded into irrepressible, bounce inducing sounds.

        Dom earned his stripes as a MC, working with the best and keeping well abreast of
        happenings in both his beloved D&B scene and the rapidly developing dubstep movement.

        These years of prior experience are telling in the way Dom crafts a track.
        Flawless production is a trademark and the phrase ‘for the club’ was conceived with
        producers like Dom in mind but in the style of his Manchester contemporaries,
        Indigo, Synkro, Biome etc. Although he is by no means limited to any set genre, style
        or tempo, frequently foraying into outer territories of bass music with great success
        and not inconsiderable critical acclaim.

      • Zom-B

        Zom-B

        Zom-B is Unity Session’s Multi Genre Wizard. Playing in clubs since he was 15 years old he has firmly cemented himself in the north wests club and festival scene. Garage to Drum and Bass or Donk to Footwork, you never know what might happen! Expect Bombs to be dropped and a seriously bass driven set!

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