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Solfest festival gets underway

Solfest music festival Credit: ITV Border

West Cumbria's Solfest music festival starts today.

The event near Aspatria didn't take place last year but organisers say it's back with a bang.

The lineup includes The Unthanks, Kathryn Tickell & The Side and Electric Village.

Dumfries DJ tops the highest paid list

Calvin Harris during his DJ set at V Festival Credit: PA

Music superstar Calvin Harris has been crowned the world's highest paid DJ for the third year in a row.

According to Forbes' latest rich list the 31 year old from south west Scotland is worth nearly £42 million.

Harris, who now lives in Los Angeles, grew up in Dumfries and was a pupil at Dumfries High School.


Joan Armatrading cancels Carlisle concert

Joan Armatrading Credit: Press Association

Singer Joan Armatrading has cancelled her concert in Carlisle tonight due to illness.

The three-time Grammy Award nominee had been set to appear at the Sands Centre this evening but the venue was contacted by the star's management this morning to say the gig was off.

“We were contacted early this morning by Joan’s management to advise us that she was unwell and therefore this evening’s show could not go ahead.

"We are clearly very disappointed, but wish Joan a speedy recovery. Our customers can claim a full refund by telephoning The Sands’ Box Office on (01228) 633766. Unfortunately it is unlikely that the date will be re-scheduled.”

– Jonathan Higgins, Sands Centre’s Arts and Events Manager


Swift set to buy Scottish castle?

Music's power couple Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift Credit: PA

News that music superstar Calvin Harris had been spotted on a visit to his hometown of Dumfries this week spread rapidly via our Facebook page.

It sparked online rumours that his pop-star girlfriend Taylor Swift may be buying a £4.6 million castle near his parents home.

The property sits amongst 39 acres of land and is equipped with a swimming pool, two tennis courts and a private golf course.

A spokesman for Savills estate agent who are selling the house said they couldn't comment on whether Taylor Swift had expressed any interest.

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