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.

    • 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.

    • 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!

    • The Coal Porters

      The Coal Porters

      The Coal Porters are an exciting and dynamic acoustic folk/bluegrass combo with a DYNAMITE LIVE ACT
      "Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on with his current band, the Coal Porters." Billy Bragg

      "...the fantastic spirit and great music of the Coal Porters...featuring Sid Griffin, a man of many parts, some of them still working..." Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2)

      The Coal Porters claim to be the world’s first “alt-bluegrass” act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition in the USA and recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. Long established as the UK’s most inventive and exciting acoustic folk/Americana/bluegrass act the Coal Porters announce a new line-up as the 2014 shifts into its second half.

      As always the band is led by ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin on mandolin and vocals. This is the same Sid Griffin who is a noted author with four books to his credit, is a longtime music journalist of note, and who appears monthly on BBC6 Music’s Radcliffe & Maconie show as “resident musicologist”.

    • 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.

    • Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson

      Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson

      Sometimes thought to be a little unlikely as performing duo, Kevin & Rosie are a virtuoso duo blending British and American folk music in a new and exciting way. Separated by several generations and the Atlantic Ocean, Rosie is from Cincinnati USA and Kevin is from Coventry in the midlands.
      Coming from different sides of the Atlantic Ocean, they find they have much in common musically yet they each bring freshness and depth of understanding to their music. This makes their performances unique and very entertaining. Kevin & Rosie have toured and played together many times over the last five or six years, during in which time they have released two excellent CD’s (The Salty Diamond & between the Distance) and they have a new CD Night Birds to be released - winter 2014.

      Kevin Dempsey is known across the UK as a master performer on the guitar, an arranger, a singer and a top quality live entertainer. He's played and recorded with many of the most famous names in acoustic and folk music: Dave Swarbrick, Joe Broughton, Chris Leslie, Peter Knight, Dando Shaft, Uiscedwr, Whippersnapper, and Mary Black, (not to mention, those giants of folk music, Percy Sledge, The Marvelettes & Alice Coltrane!) Widely acknowledged as one of the UK's best guitarists in the field of folk and acoustic music, Kevin can hold the audience in any type or size of venue, from the smallest folk club to the largest concert auditorium or festival marquee.

      Rosie Carson, a young American singer and fiddle player from Cincinnati USA, has amazing musical versatility and a fine singing voice. She trained with some of the world's top folk musicians, including Seamus Connelly, Liz Carroll, Liz Kane, and Oisin Mac Diarmada. She has won national competitions for both fiddle and voice, which took her to Ireland for world competitions and led to further studies in singing with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (Danu).

      Rosie has played with many other well-known performers in the folk and acoustic world, including in New York with singer Teddy Thompson (son of legendary guitarist, Richard Thompson). Rosie’s playing combines lyricism with dexterity and her voice is captivatingly beautiful.

    • Backyard Rhythm Orchestra

      Backyard Rhythm Orchestra

      Big festival party band taking influence from an eclectic mix of world music traditions featuring conscious lyrics, sweet harmonies, and loads of energy. Formed out of the beautiful cultural melting pot of the alternative Newcastle party scene we are a gathering of trained and talented musicians, poets, dancers and dreamers. A review for the Newcastle Green Fest recently wrote -

      “BRO mix up a little of almost everything into a festival dance band storm. With styles covering Reggae, Ska, Balkan, Hip-Hop, Cumbia, Rave, Funk and Drum and bass. This is fused with conscious and political protest and a sense of humour”.

    • 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’.

    • Bridie Jackson and The Arbour

      Bridie Jackson and The Arbour

      Bridie Jackson and the Arbour are a Newcastle trio of folk-influenced musicians; creating works of haunting beauty, both sparse and detailed. With rich vocal harmonies and subtle string arrangements, they are led by Bridie’s remarkable voice and evocative wordplay, at once dark and playful, joyous and melancholic.

      From vintage Joni Mitchell through to Laura Marling, the accompaniment is powerfully restrained, steeped in musical history yet with both eyes looking forward in the unique and inventive arrangements. Indeed, the songs display an effortless beauty and intrigue to set them apart from typical folk artists, calling to mind the timeless aura of idiosyncratic chanteuses Regina Spektor and Joanna Newsom.

    • The Fire Beneath The Sea

      The Fire Beneath The Sea

      16 piece Hip Hop / Funk / Jazz / Ska / DnB / Phuxubtlety band! The Fire Beneath The Sea began their adventures, recoding and writing a plethora of songs that reflected their shared experiences in formation and development. Spreading their message on the streets and in the clubs of Liverpool, they quickly earned the interest and attention of people looking for a more positive, accessible route into hip hop and beyond. Their music defies genre-classification, and by it’s very nature is intended to surprise, wow, excite, and above all else, make you dance like nothing matters. With lyrics deeply rooted in positivity, forward-thinking and the more soulful side to life, combined with a collective hatred for the corporate and the spoon-fed, not only is the music incredibly effective and astonishing, but the tracks carry genuine, heart-felt meaning.

    • The After Hours Quintet

      The After Hours Quintet

      Opening the Mainstage to a crowd of about three were the Leeds based outfit, After Hours Quintet. It’s lucky for them that they’re killer though as the three quickly turned into at least three hundred, early doors audiences don’t get much better than that. As if that wasn’t enough of a testament to their ability, they were invited to play again on the Stumblefunk stage the next day. Fusing Jazz with funky bass lines, the Quintet come close to Electro-Swing without dipping their feet to deeply in the generic puddle, clearly encompassing a wider range of influences, mostly notably Hip-Hop beats. The shear talent of these musicians, combined with the mighty Ocelus standing in for their usual man on live production duty, meant that although seen by few, the AHQ were one on the stand out performances of the weekend. (Beatherder 2013 review)

    • Sam Kelly Trio

      Sam is a 22-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally hails from the depths of Norfolk. As a young child, Sam's only link with folk music was through the Gaelic songs that his Irish grandfather taught him. He has never lost his love for traditional music, and this passion pours out of him in every note he sings.

      Sam's debut EP, entitled 'Your Way Home', was released in March 2013, featuring Beth Porter (Eliza Carthy Band) on cello. This created a buzz of interest in the folk scene for Sam's music, being described by Bright Young Folk as a 'captivating introduction to a name we'll be sure not to forget', and gaining him support slots with the likes of Cara Dillon, Jim Moray and Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman as well as a number of headline slots. His musical journey ranges from reaching the final of ITV's Britain's Got Talent to being selected for the first ever EFDSS Artist Development scheme.

      Sam is now touring with his band, Jamie Francis on banjo and Evan Carson (The Willows) on bodhran. The trio are receiving glowing reviews, and with a new EP released in Feb this year they are quickly becoming ones to watch. He has a new album coming out in early 2016

      "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

    • 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!

      Joining Emma & The Professor at Solfest this weekend is Ben Walsh, a fiddler and mandolinist from Ludlow,Shropshire. His dynamic and lyrical playing have made him a sought-after session player across all areas of the folk world,ranging from Old Time and English trad to Psychedelic folk. He is part of the trio Grey Wolf and has performed with the likes of Willy Mason,Deborah Rose, Circulus and more recently,rock legend Robert Plant.

    • 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.

    • Elaine Davidson

      Elaine Davidson

      "I love to write songs, never something which can be done in a hurry, like a field that lies fallow for a time, sometimes you need to wait. Seeds are planted, ideas present themselves, some take root while others are blown away by the wind. Almost like delivering a letter by hand, never quite feeling I wrote it, as if by magic they come. Then they are passed on to the listener in the same manner, taking on an entirely new meaning, unique to that person, igniting memories, creating feelings, opening doors to other worlds."

      "'Elaine Davidson is one of the most gifted singers and songwriters I have ever worked with. Elaine has the unique ability to write a beautiful melody, an incredibly honest lyric and deliver it with true depth and passion. Listening to Elaine’s music recalls a time of mastery in songwriting and story telling and you will get lost in the uncluttered, unfiltered true beauty of it. She is a one of a kind true English Folk Singer with a beautiful voice as well as an accomplished acoustic guitarist, see her live whenever you can, it will be a truly magical experience."

      Warren Huart (Aerosmith, James Blunt, The Fray) record producer, Los Angeles

    • The Coast Road

      The Coast Road

      Acoustic Collective from Cumbria and the NE, featuring the songs and voices of Dave Camlin, Bethany Elen Coyle and Bex Mather, with Paul (Baghdaddies) Susans on bass and Brendan Murphy’s arsenal of unusual percussion, joined for this gig by Sharon Durant. A harmonious fusion of folk and jazz, songs from the heart weave close harmonies into soaring music of simple beauty.

    • Chapin-Wickwar


      Lisa and Sue Chapin-Wickwar are a Cumbrian based acoustic duo, both singer-songwriters in their own right, singing songs which feature life in the way its found - in its rawness - through an array of melodic, evocative narratives, beautifully executed in the duo's own, unique intricately crafted style.

      "A gorgeous combination of rhythm and finger-style guitar. Harmonies so close, one voice is almost indistinguishable from the other. The effect is mesmerising." Paul Hart - Carlisle Folk and Blues Club.

    • Srogan's Run

      Srogan's Run

      Scrogans Run are Kendal based singer-songwriters Wayne Scurrah and Paddy Rogan. A blend of banjo, guitars and vocal harmonies with thought provoking lyrics, they mix traditional influences with their own original bluegrass and folk inspired style. Both musicians are experienced performers on the festival scene: you may have heard them on big stages, round the fire in the small hours or busking on the streets. Favourites on BBC Cumbria Introducing where their first e.p is gaining plenty of airplay, they are still only at the start of a musical journey together. Great for a dance or a listen and a lounge about, their character, melody, rhythm and flow will draw you in...

    • Ourselves & Us

      Ourselves & Us

      Fresh-faced uplifting music from a collective of young singer-songwriters: chamber folk meets Hip Hop in a trendy cafe and puts the world to rights through harmony. Defying categorisation, they're just as likely to use a banjo as a deftly-constructed rap to make their point, and their catchy positive anthems will have you in their thrall before they leave the stage.

    • Eabhal

      Eabhal, hailing from Scotland’s West Coast and Northumberland, are a group of musicians who met studying traditional music on the Isles of Uist in the Outer-Hebrides. They play an eclectic mix of their own compositions and traditional tunes and take inspiration from the Islands on which they live and the culture of Gaelic and Irish music, all the while breathing modern flair and grace into the tradition. Since they formed last autumn Eabhal have been entertaining audiences across the Highlands and Island and the North-East of England, prepped and ready to bring their music of the Hebrides and Ireland to Cumbria. Eabhal feature Paisley’s Roy Campbell (Accordion), native Gaelic speaker Jamie MacDonald (Fiddle), Northumberland’s Nicky Kirk (Guitar/Tenor Banjo) and, in place of their usual purveyor of air powered instruments Hamish Hepburn, the Isles of Uist’s Micheal Steele (Pipes, Whistles and Flute) will join the band. As Nicky (ex-Yan Tan) says, playing at Solfest is "an opportunity to bring the fresh sound of the Hebrides back home." Remember, you saw them here first!

    • Jack Mason and Meghan Avery

      Jack Mason and Meghan Avery

      An up-and-coming local acoustic folk duo from the 'Yan Tan' stable, Jack and Meghan trade in a captivating blend of guitar, flute and vocal harmonies, putting a unique spin on familar and original folk themes.

    • 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!

    • Solfest Singing Picnic

      Solfest Singing Picnic

      Following on the tradition of the Drystone 'Community Musical', this year we're proud to bring you... the Solfest Singing Picnic! Breaking bread with your neighbour is possibly one of the oldest traditions we have as human beings, and singing is one of those timeless ways of connecting with each other too, so put them together and you have... the singing picnic. Bring some food, share it with other people if you're up for that (but don't feel obliged!) smile, say hi, and join us in a romp through some Solfest favourites, including Simon Kay's Solfest anthem, The Place Where You Earned Your Name. If you want to learn any of the music beforehand, you can download it from https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6smfop31hhq9r98/AAD_QMzIg2j8Y-mVg3F5scAYa?dl=0

    • Kosoti

      Kosoti are a fresh, upcoming & unsigned, five piece folk/pop/rock group based in the North East of England, UK.

      "gorgeous hooks & melting melodies" THE CRACK

      - "rousing choruses... full-bodied & heart-felt sound" LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

      - "Mumford and Son’s raise your game, Kosoti are on your tail and they do it better" THECOURIERONLINE.CO.UK

    • The Social Ignition

      The Social Ignition

      A mighty 6 to 8 piece Ska band from Hinckley, Leicestershire.. guaranteed to roll up in a bus full of bass, brass ‘n booze with an arsenal of get-up/get-down skanking beats. with a heavy reggae, ska, funk and hip hop influence. The band uses a diversity of style and instruments that gets the crowd pumping.... every time.

  • Bar Stage

    • The Skints

      The Skints

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

    • 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. 

    • 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!

    • 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.”

    • 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 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

    • 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 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.

    • 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" 

    • 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 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!

    • 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



      BLACKMAMBA is a Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band based in the North West England (Lancashire)

      The Garlo Brothers: Jonny and James front the band, with Jonny on bass as the lead vocalist and James on lead guitar and backing vocals. In the engine room, Chris Mansell on the drums.

      “Hard, heavy and melodic- Straight up n’ in your face!” best describes them. Their music approach and is characterised in equal measure hard rock, heavy Metal and melodic styles. Makes them stand out of the metal genre.

    • The Honey Badgers

      The Honey Badgers

      The Honey Badgers are 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.

    • Ivory Veins

      Ivory Veins

      Formed in early 2014, Ivory Veins are a dynamic acoustic duo from Workington,
      Cumbria. Leaving the success and UK acclaim of Things That Hang From Trees when
      they disbanded, Emily and Matt wanted to play music that catered to their tastes. Both
      with a passion for acoustic music, they decided to branch out from the sound of distortion
      and drums, to form an acoustic project....Covering the likes of Anberlin, Circa Survive and
      The Neighbourhood, this talented twosome are currently recording their debut EP set to be
      released late 2014.

    • Project 9

      Project 9

      Project 9 are an ‘Alternative Ska / Punk band’ from the West Coast of Cumbria. The band sound is a modern blend of Ska, Punk, and Rock – often blending all three styles in one song – and sometimes adding a touch of Reggae. 

    • The Fiction

      The Fiction

      Fresh from features on BBC Radio 1 & BBC Radio Cumbria, The Fiction are hard at work putting their own stamp on the music scene, lighting up venues around Cumbria with their Attitude filled Rock 'n' Roll.

    • Shields


      Shields performance is characterised by their unmatched bright and colourful energy. The music they write is powerful and dynamic, consisting of layers of harmony, pounding rhythms, fuzzy guitars and shimmering synths. They've teamed up with Grammy Award winning producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse, Everything Everything) to complete their debut album.

      "How Can We Fix This?" is set to be released November 2015.

      “Shields blew my socks off… Within the first five seconds of the first song they just smacked us around the ears with this tight, beautiful, powerful sound with perfectly honed vocals… Songs which took you on journeys… Huge energy… Huge commitment." –

      Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music)

      Shields recently came 2nd out of 6000 applicants in the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Event. As a result of their blistering set at glastonbury emerging talent the band have secured 3 slots at the festival this year.

  • 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
      John Tree
      Professor Les Wilkins
      Marvin Wilkins
      Stu Miller
      Jayney Mac
      EJ the DJ
      Roc Vicar

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

  • House of Joy



      Solfest House of Joy resident soundsystem operator / owner a regular face on the northern festival scene playing a pure vinyl selection.



      Producer / Promoter team Lunatix and Mr Organized join us ine the house of joy for a heavy live session recreating the vibes of their notorious Northwest reggae club night, "Ring The Alarm" Expect great party vibes and a wide selection of reggae music spanning from the early classics right up to never heard before dubplate exclusives!

    • Miss Chop

      Miss Chop

      Manchester roots reggae selector Miss Chop playing a pure vinyl session



      Mister Monster and the Monster Monster crew have been rocking parties up, down and across the land since 2003! Specialising in Reggae and all of
      its associated genres, spanning right through the ages. The Monster is proud to be joined by Anya Asia - a star in  the ascendency! This girl’s vocals are highly  sought after already racking up guest appearances at WeeDub, Audio Soup,  Walk and Skank, Eden festival and more.

    • Irie Vibes

      Irie Vibes

      Yorkshire style! Dishing out dub, roots, reggae and dancehall... and not forgetting irie vibes! Running regular events in York playing host to a multitude of reggae soundsystems and selectors they are the true definition of soundsystem culture.

    • Bushrocker HiFi

      Bushrocker HiFi

      Veteran of the festival and free party scene, Cojo once again joins us in the house of joy to nice up the place with a selection of the finest reggae dance floor grooves.

    • Operation Soundsystem

      Established in 1996 the “North West Heavyweight” is custom built, hand crafted, roots reggae dub sound & record label based in UK. Live in session Operation Sound is a raw reggae, dub, steppas, roots & culture experience not to be missed

  • Lost & Found Stage in the Electric Village

    • 8:58 (Orbital's Paul Hartnoll)

      8:58 (Orbital's Paul Hartnoll)

      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.”

    • 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

      Dom is playing his 4th Solfest and will be smashing up Friday night with a monster selection of bass driven breaks, techno, & jungle.

      Festivals end events he has DJ'd at include Beaverfest, Bearded Theory, Solfest, Womad, Glastonbury, Megadog, Cabbage & Riff Raff with the likes of Chris Liberator, Dave The Drummer, Lab 4, Eat Static, Dreadzone, Sven Vath, System 7, Hallucinogen, Dub Pistols, Propellerheads, Freestylers, DJ Yoda, Timo Maas and many more.

      "I love Solfest, great people, great vibe. Can’t wait to rip it up on Friday"

    • 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...

    • 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 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
      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

    • 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

      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...

      Part of the crew responsible for 'The Love Shack' at Solfest and 'The Snug' at Beatherder, The Farmer is often found at these festivals releasing a funk fuelled romp through multi genre sets, however with plenty of after hours down tempo experience and previous Dogs in Space appearances Loungevity has herded him back into the udderside for a chilled, but foot tapping crop of farmyard favourites.”

    • Mr Kipling

      Bringing a slice or too of something naughty but nice... Mr.Kipling will be one of our resident DJs for the weekend, playing along side the Lost n Found crew. With a passion for house grooves and bouncing bass heavy beats... good time music to have good times too. Smile...!? You'll be grinning from ear to ear at the 'downright loveliness of of it all'. Currently helping establishing regular new club nights in Carlisle and Cumbria as a driving force behind BeatRoute...

    • Funcklebuck (aka LSD-Licious)

      A true purvayor of all thats good and holy in mash-up-dom... and a proper gent to boot. A DJ you could take home to mom. A welcome addition to any crew. When not keeping time on the drums, can be found in many a dark corner all over the north, huddled behind a mixer, keeping the dancers feet moving and there minds engaged. Multi-Genre mixer of a Psychedelic Nature.. drifting through the realms of Hip Hop, Jazz, Swing, Funk, Ambient, Glitch, Techno, Downbeat, Chillout, Rock, Jungle et al... into hopefully an unpredictable percussive paradise, full of your favorite audio treats, undiscovered gems and oft forgotton classics.

    • 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

      Heatpod is the name for the musical ventures of Liam Hiatt. Initially started as a solo electronic project, the music has taken a more ethnic turn in recent months as Liam began to develop his skills on the Kalimba (African thumb piano) and for gigging purposes, enlisted the help of friends Michael Woodward on bass and Rory Connor on guitar. With the use of these three instruments and various other funny little electronic gadgets, they play a mellow mix of improvisations that touch on Folk, Jazz, Hip-hop and World Music.

    • 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

      A Man About A Dog are one of Leeds’ newest and freshest sounds. Formed in 2013 and born of the Leeds party scene, members of the Quake soundsystem joined forces with local musicians to create a seamless fusion between live heavy funk and hip hop/funk/soul samples. Years of experience in the underground music scene has forged an ensemble that encapsulates the spectacle of a live 5-piece band and the grooves of a live DJ. Notching up 7 festivals in their first summer and having played multiple shows at The Wardrobe , Brudenell Social Club, and recently headlining Hifi’s “Sunday Joint” A Man About a Dog have proven their sound pedigree and continue to enliven the Leeds live music scene. For a genuinely fresh, innovative and get-out-of-your-chair-and-DANCE mash up of all things funky, look no further. Isn’t it time you went to see “A Man About a 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..."
      Straight outa Manchester... and a man of many styles.
      Dicky is one of the guys behind the "The Beatherder Garage". Those of you who've had the pleasure will know what to expect or not to expect, more to the point...! It's a place always full of dancing strangers, crazy moves, new besties and lunatic antics. Hopefully his shear presence will be enough to cause spontaneous happenings of a simillar nature.

    • Shocon

      We're happy to wecome back Manchester - based DJ/producer and promotor Shocon, or 'Dave' to his mum. Dave's played up and down the country from Edinburgh to London and all in between, inc Festivals like Wakestock and Hoge Festival as well as playing across East Asia and Europe, including seasonally in Ibiza.

      When the sun is shining he loves to play those deep Ibizan beats, any chance to play soft upbeat techno so people can wear there sunglasses and drink lager in the sun!
      When the sun go's down, he can darken the mood with punchy techno, moody minimal and tech styles. A perfect mash up of all the hottest and freshest techno from accross the scence you can handle.
      (He's a bit of a technology freak so expect drum machines, effects units, samplers and synthesisers to perform an all out live set for festival go'ers this year.)

      Releasing under his newly started North West label 'Isolate Recordings'.

    • Joss Jinx

      Joss Jinx

      Surely needing no introduction... North west lad Joss Jinx will be going back to his old skool free party roots and gracing the decks for an exclusive set of House, Breakbeats & Garage vibes. This veteran of the UK Festival & Club scene and seasoned DJ/producer, is widely regarded as the one of the UK's top rankin Dubwise Breaks / jungle producers and long-standing bass contributors for his work as Jinx in Dub. With Jossa, Gella, Radioactive Man and other treats, its shaping up to be one hell of a Saturday night for all you old school breakbeat junkies...

    • TIM TOIL

      TIM TOIL

      Where do we start...
      as well as holding down residencies at both TTT and BOSH!, Hosting The Illustrious Society gatherings that he and the Toil Soundsystem crew run regularly for there local crowd and organising the Beat-Herder Festival year on year (to rave reviews). Tim also finds the time to host his own monthly residency over at Modulate FM and appear regularly as a guest DJ at some of the finest underground nights around the north and the uk.
      We love Tims style here at Lost n Found, and are very happy to have one of the finest working beards, sorry DJs... lined up for your aural entertainment!

    • Dubwild

      DJ Dubwild or Cass to his mum Sall... is from proper party lineage. Exposed to the power of the bass-line from the off. Yet another great underground DJ to come outa Lancaster. With roots buried deep in the northern party scene and a long established vinyl habit, and hefty record collection, dating back to 88 or so... he's a true crate digger, a multi-genre, old school specialist, from dub roots - old school house n rave - bass fuelled dubwise d&b.

    • Nema Kuta (aka Ben Jamin)

      A well as being one of the family, a good friend and core crew... instrumental in the birth of Lost n Found...
      Ben-Jamin aka Nema-Kuta first and foremost is drummer. His musical selection is heavily influenced by chunky beats and rhythms. Roots and world music are at the core of a versatile and varied music selection, having had the connections to work with some renowned bands, producers and musicians, Nema-Kuta has some unique and interesting tunes for your listening pleasure.
      Highlights in the last few years include playing at Glastonbury, Boom Town, Edinburgh Wee Dub Festival and Beat-Herder. Also working with the Police Rave Unit, Club Samedia and Jinx in Dub.
      His sets can include a mash up of styles including Dub, World, Reggae, Jungle, Techno, Drum & Bass, Funk, Kuduro, Footwork, Bashment, Folk, Ska, Garage, Hip Hop, Breakbeat, Carnival, House, African, Latin, Balkan, Jamaican....

    • Bill Lloyd

      Bill Lloyd is best known as a live performer in Cumbria, the Borders and North West England, and in and around Cavan in Ireland, both as a soloist, with the Willy Ruby Band, The Wildwood Band, and with Billy & The Goats.

      He has appeared at clubs and festivals throughout England, Ireland and Scotland, including Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, The Wickerman, Eden, and Tinto festivals, the North Wales Bluegrass Festival, The A1 Roots Festival, Gainsborough Old Time Festival, Dent and Sedbergh Folk Festivals, previous Solfest's and for the last three years at the All Ireland Fleadh.
      He has worked as a dance caller for 20 years, and for 4 years was Director of the Kendal Folk Festival and the Kendal Jazz Festival. He has become well known among travellers at pub sessions and all-night camp-fires on the road to Appleby Fair, where us is known as Banjo Billy. He is a Gypsy and Traveller Representative on the Appleby Fair Committee.
      His material is wide-ranging and includes old-time Appalachian dance music and songs, country rock, bluegrass, contemporary and traditional Irish ballads, traditional European dance music and his own songs.

    • Sol e Sombra

      Sol e Sombra are a new northern band with Owen Saunders (Guitar & Vocal), Kevin Olive (Guitar, Bass & Vocal), Davey Bouy (Percussions), Xtof Lheureux (Kit & Percussions) who will be performing a set of colourful, eclectic and funky latino music....
      Owens most definatly a seasoned Solfest veteran... so they should know just how to lively up your good selves.
      They "promise to get you dancing summer vibes style".

    • Jaz

      A blistering riot of dirty, punky beats and panel beaten funk courtesy of a DJ from just across of the border... Jaz is a young man on a mission, with a style all of his own, full of energy, attitude and bounce. Come and get down with the yoot dem..!

    • Mission To The Watchers

      Cumbria based local four piece made up of some well know face's on the Northwests live music scene. Collectively Paddy Rogan, Wayne Scurrah, Jack Hartley and Mike Fearon have appeared in various bands over the years... as well as countless hours keeping the good folk entertained by the fire well into the wee hours! Songs n strings n musical things...

  • 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

    • Sly


      For his first appearance at Solfest on Friday @ 2-4am in the Loungevity Tent. Sly will be returning to his roots of DJing on Blackburn Pirate radio 120.5FM, playing a strictly dubwise selection. A lover of all forms of dub, expect a musical journey, covering all genre’s of dub. A Founder member of the North West underground collective Mayhem, you can catch Sly, doing a Tech house set in the Stylus Electric Village, between 10.30pm-12 on Saturday night.

    • Sonny Wharton

      Sonny Wharton

      With DMC Magazine hailing him as “One of the finest new producers around’’, Sonny Wharton has firmly established himself as one of the brightest prospects to emerge from the UK in recent years.
      Beginning his career as a DJ, Sonny first gained recognition by winning a DJ Mag mix-tape competition for Renaissance; it was this breakthrough that gave him a prominent start within Ibiza’s club scene, leading to high profile slots at Amnesia, Space, Pacha, Ministry Of Sound and a weekly residency at the infamous Manumission.

    • Fallback Productions

      Fallback Productions

      Fallback Productions (Robin Walker to his mum) makes his debut Solfest appearance for 2015.
      His genre-busting DJ style incorporates Reggae infused beats and Disco edits to wonky techy House and bass fueled Breaks yet always stays true to the party vibe.
      Often found behind the decks at many a North West club night and a regular fixture at Europe's Snowboxx festival and Kendal Calling resident the Fallback name has gained recognition for quality tunes to rock any dance floor whether a hot sweaty club or under canvas in a field.

  • Unity Sessions in the Electric Village

    • 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 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 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 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


      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 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


      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 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 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 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


      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 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!

  • Loungevity - The Chill Tent

    • Loungevity

      Loungevity is the new chillout space that has been created by Paul Clark/DJ Hood and Jed Whitcher

      after over 25 years of partying and dj’ing on the underground music scene and a longing to create

      something for a festival the moment has finally arrived at Solfest this year..expect to hear an

      eclectic mix of Down Tempo Music from both talented dj’s and live music all weekend gathered

      from far and wide to come and grace our space here at Solfest.

    • Andy P

      Andy P

      A regular at Solfest since 2009 playing in the much loved Dogs in Space tent both night and day. A lover of electronic music for many years; his sets cherry pick the groovy aspects of underground house, disco and techno alongside established classic tunes to keep the dance floor moving. A regular visitor to the North West working with the Trailor Trash crew at Beatherder and at their own events. Andy hails from London, where he is part of the Fools Gold party collective. “ It’s always a pleasure to come up to Solfest and play some tunes, it’s a great event. See you on the dancefloor....”

    • Blanty


      Blanty is a well travelled musician (singer/songwriter) and fantastic entertainer, currently spending some time back in the UK. He has over the last number of years lived, toured and played extensively around Europe and North Africa. He set off travelling with his guitar over 20 years ago & has become one of the best entertainers around.. He can often be seen playing around East Lancashire and Manchester & can easily play for 5+ hrs, he's also been described "the human jukebox". He has lots of his own songs & plays Spanish & Celtic songs & music as well as a never ending stream of ad lib lyric, music and Blantified covers. "A highly entertaining troubadour from over the Pennines" "Catch him while you can, a gig not to be missed"

    • Daisy


      My name is Daisy and I am a singer/songwriter, floating around Yorkshire, trying to make sense of the world by creating music. A ukulele makes a few guest appearances in my songs, but an acoustic guitar is my first love. I write about the bonds and relationships that I've seen and that I've been through, and these lyrics get turned into sweet melodies and brooding tales. I write music to make myself happy, and I hope you enjoy listening to my songs as much as I enjoy playing them.

    • Baxter Rhodes

      Baxter Rhodes

      Regularly clocking up over 100 live performances each year across the north-west of England and beyond, Baxter Rhodes is no stranger to festival stages.

      You may have caught him at Beatherder, Galtres Parklands, Cloudspotting, or Reeferstock, where he shared the bill with Nick Harper and Chris Helme.

      Recent highlights include playing high-profile support slots for Jon Gomm and John Smith, and he'll be joined by one or two musical friends to ease you into your Sunday evening at Solfest.

      "Acoustic singer-songwriter from the hills of east Lancashire. A melody-laden blend of folk and country, with a flavour of rock, blues and soul". - Blackpool Music Festival

      "a weather-worn vocal style which compliments his lyrics perfectly ... expect excellent songs, excellently played" Band on the Wall

      "I like what this guy does" Sean McGinty, BBC Introducing Lancs.

      "as delightful as marmalade on toast, Baxter’s succulent sounds tempt the listener to discover more" IndependentMusicNews.co.uk

      "His music is delicious" Itsoundedsweet.com

    • Eat Cake

      Eat Cake

      Eat Cake. Smalls + Grimm of DOHNUT (formerly known as eating disorder). Live vocals with their next level beats. Coming direct from The Church & The Snug @Beatherder festival.

    • Paul Thornton (Dig Deep / Itch)

      Paul Thornton (Dig Deep / Itch)

      Paul has been DJing since the 90s, honing his skills with 5 hour sets at The Departure Lounge in Preston and going on to play at hundreds of events all over the UK. Now a seasoned club and festival DJ, Paul has steadily built a reputation as a respected selector that plays across the board.

      A self confessed vinyl junkie, Paul is one of those increasingly rare breed of DJs that still lugs crates of black wax to every gig. Originally discovering funk, soul, jazz, boogie and disco through hip hop and house, Paulís love of the music led him back to its roots and he has spent the last 17 or so years buying the tracks that either influenced or were sampled on his favourite records. As you can imagine he discovered many more gems along the way.

      Paul is possibly best known as the host of the 'Dig Deep' show on Cowbell Radio. Broadcasting since 2006, Paul has worked with some of the most respected DJís and live acts from around the world including Mr Scruff, Rahaan, Danielle Moore, Mr Mendel, Sean P, Boogie Nite, Mikey Donn, Marcel Vogel, Yogi Haughton and Manmademusic to name a few.

      Paul is also co-promoter and resident DJ at itch - Prestonís longest standing club night which has brought the likes of John Morales, RSL, Domu, Cottam, Diesler, Treva Whateva and Jon K to the city. Elsewhere he has shared the decks with Manchester stalwarts Darren Laws, Martin Brew, Beatphreak and The Unabombers, and has played at Beat-Herder, Trailer Trash, The Scottish Soulful Weekender, Kendal Calling, Perfumed Garden, The Snug, Horseplay and Herbal Sessions...

      Paul is one half of the DJ tag team that supports The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show when it rolls into town and has supported Smoove & Turrell, Templebys and The Mouse Outfit. Heís also one of the many resident DJs at Manchester based club night Boogizm ìa party full of music aficionados that know how to let loose on the dancefloorî.

      When asked to describe his style he said "soulful music that has the funk".

      The Dig Deep show is broadcast live on the 3rd Saturday of the month on Cowbell Radio.



    • Red Tin Dave

      Red Tin Dave

      Red Tin Dave (Perfumed Garden, White Rabbit, Hebden Bridge Trades Club) Enigmatic neologist Red Tin Dave will be throwing open his Red Tin to release an exuberance of tunes to set your toes nodding and your head tapping. Anticipate a genraporetic suffusion of country, folk, soul, psych, motorik and other stuff .... Mixes and more at 

    • Psychosomasis (aka Instant Euphory)

      Psychosomasis (aka Instant Euphory)

      My real name is Slawomir Lisak (Polish) and over the last few years i've lived in Barnoldswick (UK) I'm a DJ and co-founder in SYSTEM(R) Sound System & fresh member of the Psyberia crew from Leeds. I play Progressive Psytrance, Psytrance, Full-On & Deep Psychedelic Trance under the name Psychosomasis and Ambient, PsyChill/Downtempo Psychedelic Trance with pinch of Temple Step under a name Instant Euphory.. I also run my own events in Burnley (UK) called ''Euphoria'' and ''Psychedelic Vibrations''where we play all kind of ''intelligent'' Psychedelic Trance music..

    • Guy Tat AKA Mr Shaky

      Guy Tat AKA Mr Shaky

      Guy Tat AKA Mr Shaky has been spinning vinyl since the days of the warehouse parties, he was the co founder of the much loved Mayhem nights and has played at clubs and festivals all over the UK. The last Solfest saw him play a spaced out mash up of world music, dub and electro in the Dogs in Space tent.

    • John Tree

      John Tree

      A familiar face at Solfest, having been a resident in Dogs in Space since 2009, John will be bringing his own style of downtempo amusements to keep your ears entertained. Expect an unreasonable mix of hypno jazz, global misfits, Balearic smokestep…did I mention psych? future vintage electronica, and other musical fluff from the back of the sofa.

      Founder and resident DJ of The Perfumed Garden stage at Beat-Herder, he has also been a regular presenter on Cowbell Radio since 2012. He has played widely across the country, having been spotted causing musical bother at the likes of Bearded Theory, Musicport, Coastival, Alchemy, Exodus, Alfresco and Free Rotation.

      “The John Peel of Cowbell Radio” - Chinny (Cowbell controller)
      “He made my favourite mix of last year” - Michael Dog
      “You’ve just driven over my foot” - Fenny (BBC On The Wire)

    • Samurai Breaks

      Samurai Breaks

      something a little different from his usual style. Gunna be mashing up a selection of psychedelicious grooves, deep rolling bass and squelchy beats to take you on a journey behind your eyelids. representing for Remedy, Eden Vishnu Crew, The Psychedelic Breakfast and Magicana Festival

    • Dead Horse Gang

      Dead Horse Gang

      The gang are a collective of DJ's who, back to back, blend together everything from: House, Disc...o, Soul, Deep Funk, Edits, Electro, Rare groove, Techno.

      Collectively the gang have warmed up for & played on the same bills as DJs and artists such as: The Revenge, Greg Wilson, Norman Jay, X-press 2, Todd terry, Yousef, Krysko, Harri & Domenic, Marcel Vogel, Ruf Dug, Derrick Carter, Josh Wink, Danny Rampling, Dom Thomas,Sasha, Groove Armada and Crazy P.

      The 'DEAD HORSE GANG' parties have been running over in Carlisle for just over a year and have been steadily building momentum. The gang of misfits started out as a 5 pack including Western Groove, Tim Forrester, Sam Pemberton snr & sir Tim Hamblin, but over the duration of the parties they have gained a futher two musical outlaws - 78Edits & most recently fox bothering balearic bad man Mike Boorman.

      The night itself was born simply out of a bunch of mates getting together and having chance to play the music they are passionate for. Since its beginnings, the defining strength of 'Dead Horse Gang' has been about the showing of love and the promotion of good times .It's this attitude that let the gang entice one of the most highly regarded figures on the re-edit scene to take up residency with them. 78 Edits!

    • Pat Trash aka Mr Scratch

      Co founder of TrailerTrash and operator/selector alongside RedJ of Undergroundroots Soundsystem.

      Musically educated inna Brixton in the late 80's, a seriously long term vinyl junkie will be bringing some musical dub delights to massage your aural senses at Sydney's chill out at Solfest this year.

      Roots Reggae Dub at its best.



    • The Farmer

      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...

      Part of the crew responsible for 'The Love Shack' at Solfest and 'The Snug' at Beatherder, The Farmer is often found at these festivals releasing a funk fuelled romp through multi genre sets, however with plenty of after hours down tempo experience and previous Dogs in Space appearances Loungevity has herded him back into the udderside for a chilled, but foot tapping crop of farmyard favourites.”

    • Vinyl Junkie

      Vinyl Junkie

      Vinyl junkie, 80s music lover, and a DJ from the north west of England, Tim has been spinning records everywhere from clubs to festivals and underground parties since the start of the 90s, from Glasgow to Glastonbury and beyond, and as far afield as the Netherlands and Australia. He's promoted club nights and parties and played as support to DJs right across the electronic spectrum including Greg Wilson, Andrew Weatherall and Ritchie Hawtin, and has been an occasional contributor to the internet radio station Intergalactic FM, supplying ambient space sets as 'inserted'... He has played at festivals up and down the UK including at Glastonbury, Beatherder, and has played at Solfest in the Dogs In Space tent at previous events ...the only thing you can be sure of is that anything goes!

    • Vez (Paul Verity)

      Vez (Paul Verity)

      Vez has been spinning tunes for the last 15 years..learning his trade with the mayhem crew as Yeahman.with this being his 1st ever solfest theres going to be an extra special set lined up...expect anything from hip hop trip hop breaks funk house and disco.

    • Paddy Rogan

      Paddy Rogan

      Paddy Rogan hails from the North of England and has been playing to audiences around the country and further afield for the last 10 years in a variety of settings from lively firesides to bouncing festivals to hush-hush folk venues as well as supporting the likes of Cara Dillon, Nizlopi, The Will Pound Band and more. His songs are just as varied; from Traditional and contemporary folk music, both from the UK and abroad, rootsy Blues and Gypsy Jazz. With a steady background in Folk and Blues he draws heavily from the narrative approach to song-writing, crafting his songs with a trademark finger picking technique on both Guitar and Banjo.

    • Ben Jamin

      Ben Jamin

      Ben-Jamin aka Nema-Kuta first and foremost is a drummer. His musical selection is heavily influenced by chunky beats and rhythms. Roots and world music are at the core of a versatile and varied music selection, having had the connections to work with some renowned bands, producers and musicians, he has some unique and interesting tunes for your listening pleasure. Highlights in the last few years include playing at Glastonbury, Boom Town, Edinburgh Wee Dub Festival, Beat Herder. Also working with the Police Rave Unit, Club Samedia and Jinx in Dub. He is looking forward to the opportunity to play some of his more down tempo & chill vibes for the Solfest people..

    • Robbo


      From Autechre to Zappa and everywhere in between, Mr. Robinson's musical journey has been a long and strange one. It's time to explore the wonderful world of weird, as he selects some of his favourite spaced oddities and serves them up in style.

    • Fromage Flatley

      Fromage Flatley

      Fromage Flatley- queen of cheese. A new kid on the block. Present's a retro 80's jukebox style disco. Jumping a round the music genres of this fabulous decade. Fromage brings the party to Loungevity. No scratching ,no mixing ,a real ,no frills dj with ,no technical skills . Fromage is so bad it's good. The talent Fromage has is unleashing the tunes , that hook you on a vibe and then let's the dad dancing commence. Cheese is not just for toast. It's a feast for the ears.

    • Red Jay

      Red Jay

      Born in a bass bin sometime in the eighties, Red J was fed on a diet of punk, early house, reggae and Lee Perry before discovering techno and bass. Co-pilot of Underground Roots Sound System, this Crimson King has been described as ‘the man most likely to pop up at a lovely musical gathering near you’. Be ready for a lovely eclectic mix of never heard before greatness, and beautiful things you'd forgotten about."

    • Alan Matu

      Alan Matu

      Having spent the first five years as a DJ playing mainly clubs and pubs in the North-West, which included a residents slot at the Empire in Morecambe. Discovered the underground outdoor party scene at the end of the 90's, and has since worked with many of the sound systems in the North of

      England and Scotland. With Festival appearances at Palgowan, Thimbleberry, Beat Herder and Solfest playing all styles of dance music, as well as more eclectic sets playing Punk/New Wave in the Snug at Beat Herder, and an 80's Synth-pop set in the Love Shack. Celebrating 20 years of standing behind the decks making people dance, with a set that you can enjoy whilst sat down planning your festival weekend to come.

    • The Mutant Fairy

      The Mutant Fairy

      "I started djing on the Free Festival circuit in the 90's, with my Sunday Morning Mutant Disco. My "Claim to Fame" is taking the world famous hardcore techno soundsystem Spiral Tribes decks over with my ABBA records at The Mother of All Festivals in 1995. smile emoticon Resident dj at Dark Horse Radio since 2012, I play a wide variety of music, specialising in classic 70's disco and comedy.

      At Solfest this year expect a silly set, featuring those Supreme Masters of comedy, Monty Python."

    • Badger


      The Badger is happy to have been asked back to play this year in The Loungevity Tent. Having played in Dogs in Space in 2013. I dont often leave the Sett to play a Set I ll be playing what i think is Good Stuff at the moment A bit of Tech House mixed with some old skool and a smattering of Techno.

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