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KT Tunstall and Adam Ant announced for Solfest

KT Tunstall, Adam Ant, Big Country and Billy Bragg will all perform at this year's Solfest.

KT Tunstall photo
KT Tunstall

The three-day music festival is due to take place at Tarns, near Aspatria, on August 24, 25 and 26.

Singer-songwriter Tunstall - a Brit and Ivor Novello award winner - will perform on the main stage.

The former busker, who has also been nominated for a Grammy award, is perhaps best known for her hit Black Horse And The Cherry Tree.

Eighties star Adam Ant will visit the Cumbrian festival with his band Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad And The Lovely Posse.

One of the cult icons of UK punk rock, Adam And The Ants built a loyal following before hitting the mainstream with the tribal pop of Kings Of The Wild Frontier.

Following that, the band enjoyed a number of hits including Prince Charming, Stand And Deliver, Ant Rap and Goody Two Shoes

Adam Ant was presented with the Q magazine Icon award in 2008, previously bestowed on musicians such as Bryan Ferry and Paul McCartney.

Last year’s national tour saw Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad And The Lovely Posse entertain at sell-out shows throughout the UK.

Big Country emerged from Scotland in the early 80s with a distinctive rock sound and went on to become one of the biggest selling British acts of the decade.

Billy Bragg has been a permanent fixture on the music scene since his debut release, Life's a Riot with Spy Vs. Spy, was released in 1983. He remains one of the UK’s most outspoken political songwriters with racism, sexism, corruption and most recently, the banks, all falling victim to his spiky lyrical barbs.

Also announced for Solfest are Seth Lakeman, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer, tribute act The Bootleg Beatles, world music and dance fusion pioneers Transglobal Underground, America folk and bluegrass act Larkin Poe, Duke Spirit, a UK rock act and Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, an Australian singer-songwriter.

Tickets go on sale on April 2. Early bird tickets are available online - - and from the Carnegie Theatre, Workington, only.

Have your say

hahaha.. billy bragg singing all his socialist drivel songs and forever bleating out his nonsensical socialist views.

Posted by ian h on 22 March 2012 at 20:08

Once again Solfest has served up some interesting and varied acts, which I am looking forward too very much indeed. I can't help but wonder at those who head of to the bigger festivals where you camp miles away from the site and pay through the nose for everything that you can't take into the site with you, sorry but no festival anywhere will top the friendly atmosphere and general feel good factor of Solfest. Long may it continue.

Posted by Mark on 22 March 2012 at 14:14

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