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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Adam Ant kicks off Solfest in style

Thousands of music lovers turned out in force as the ninth annual Solfest got underway.

Adam Ant photo
Adam Ant at Solfest

Music lovers from across Cumbria and beyond enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at Cumbria’s best known festival at Tarns, near Aspatria, where not even the wet weather put them off having a good time.

Last night kicked off with sets from Scottish singer KT Tunstall, followed by a huge crowd who went to see 1980s legend Adam Ant, with his band The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse.

Pop group The South also drew huge numbers when they graced the main stage.

Despite the grim weather forecast, revellers were in good spirits and enjoying the atmosphere, with many returning from previous years.

Rachel Owston, 34, of Granville Road in Carlisle, said it was “brilliant.”

“I came last year and it’s better this time because the bands are better,” she added.

“There are a lot morefamilies here and more people generally.”

Thirty-year-old David Syckes, of Wreay, said: “It’s absolutely spot on. I was here last year and it’s just as good.”

KT Tunstall was in good spirits, shouting to the crowd: “This is the best yet so enjoy it!”

The ever-popular Kids Arena was packed with families, while the reggae tent and Love Shack also proved a big hit.

Rain is forecast for today when The Waterboys, Billy Bragg and Seth Lakeman are due to dazzle the crowds on the main stage.

Today will also see festival-goers dressed up as characters from the books of children’s author Roald Dahl.

The weather looks brighter for tomorrow with rock legends Big Country and Germantechno DJ Timo Mass helping bring the curtain down on the festival.

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