The Undertones, Home Service, New Rope String Band and many more confirmed today
Cumbria’s Solfest have announced the first wave of headline bookings with Maximo Park, & Flogging Molly heading up the list on today's announcement.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1997, by Irishman Dave King, Flogging Molly has always defied categorisation. The infectious originality of their songs is a badge of honour and key to the band’s creativity, their urgency. They infuse punk rock with Celtic instruments—violin, mandolin and the accordion—and they merge blues progressions with grinding guitars and traditional Irish music, the music of King’s youth. “We’re not a traditional band,”
explains Dublin-born King. “We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, but without question we put our own twist on it.”
Maxïmo Park is one of the most interesting, intriguing, inventive and vital bands to emerge from the UK’s indie rock scene in the last decade. The five-piece came together in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear in April 2003, their name adapted from Maximo Gomez Park, a Havana meeting place for Cuban revolutionaries.
Afro Celt Sound System are musical behemoths with their powerful and unforgettable sound fusing together elements of Irish traditional music, African rhythms and dance beats to create something startlingly unique and eminently danceable. Since they came together in 1991 the floating musical collective have sold close on a million albums worldwide, the Afro Celt’s pan-global sound redefined dance music and stumped music critics. They remain defiantly, enigmatically uncategorisable.
UK folk-rock institution, Oysterband return for Solfest's tenth anniversary as do the hugely popular Utah Saints and Eat Static both living legends on the dance scene.
Also appearing throughout the weekend are Irish punk pioneers, The Undertones, (currently seeing their song ‘Teenage Kicks’ as a smash top-selling mash-up courtesy of boy band One Direction), the brass meets folk of Home Service fronted by John Tams (the actor who played Daniel Hagman alongside Sean Bean in ITV drama Sharpe), Solfest favourites Pikey Beatz plus DJ Yoda, The Jaywalkers, Bombskare, The Roughneck Riot, New Rope String Band and much more.
Tickets for Solfest cost £99 (Limited to the first 1000)for an adult early bird once gone an adult standard ticket will be £109. Young people (age 12-16) early birds are £65 or £70 after the early birds run out. Child tickets (age 6-11) are £30, babies & toddlers (age 0-5) are free but still need a ticket. Thursday Camping (per vehicle) is £15
Tickets will be available to purchase from the official website www.solfest.org.uk from 9am on Monday 4th March. Also from the Carnegie Theatre Box Office on 01900 602 122 between 9am and 5.00pm Monday through Saturday.
Solfest takes place from 23-25th August 2013 at Tarnside Farm, Silloth