Newton Faulkner announced as Solfest headliner


The headliner for this summer's Solfest has been announced as Newton Faulkner.

The internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter will lead the line-up when the popular three-day festival returns for the August bank holiday.

The multi-genre grass roots festival, situated on the Solway coast, has already announced a strong supporting cast, and has drawn one of its biggest acts in recent years to top the bill.

Breaking into the mainstream in 2007 with the summer anthem Dream Catch Me, Newton Faulkner has proven to be astonishingly diverse over the years.

In the past he was tagged the British Jack Johnson, and was seen as the guy with the dreadlocks who flayed the hell out of an acoustic guitar whenever he played live. These days Newton Faulkner is a different proposition, and his audacious last album, Human Love, is a colourful statement of intent.

His fifth studio collection embraces racing drums, African percussion, chanted choruses, ambient interludes and the most imposing hooks of his career to date.

His sound also lends itself to an energetic and engaging live performance, and promises to be a real highlight of this year's festival.

There are also a number of new acts which have been added to the line-up, including folk punk band Ferocious Dog, fresh from their headline UK tour.

London's purveyors of dance, folk and punk, Snapped Ankles, will be playing in the bar stage along with alternative indie outfit Super Best Friends Club, who release their second album next month.

The new additions are joined by an already strong line-up of national and international stars, including Dub Pistols, Stanton Warriors, Beans on Toast, Vibronics, Backyard Rhythm Orchestra, Vaodou Game, Will Varley, Chainska Brasika, The Undercover Hippy, Serial Killaz and many more acts spread across the eight stages.

Along with the performers on the selection of stages, there will be top walkabout acts on site, including freestyle football star Jamie Knight, who performed at the Champions League final this year, and the 20-strong carnival band Blast Furness.

A big part of the festival is providing interesting and visually-stunning spaces for people to experience, and with a new art team, they are working to make this one of the most wonderful years for art yet.

Smile Factor 10 are also back this year bringing art to the skies with their array of amazing kites.

For the full line-up and a list of the new additions, visit

Solfest takes place at Tarns, near Aspatria, between Friday August 25 and Sunday 27.

Tickets and vehicle passes are available from

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