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Music festival set to take place in D&G

Moorland May Music Festival Credit: ITV Border

The Moorland May music festival is set to take place in Langholm over the bank holiday weekend, 27-28 May.

Over 13 bands will be performing across all hotels in the town over the two days.

Organisers are hoping to take advantage of tourists lured to the area for the Spring Fling.

Well tourism's kind of integral to the town you know, a lot of the local businesses are closing down. It's a bit of a tough time at the minute so the more folk we can attract through the town to come and maybe stay the night or have a meal, things like that then the better it is for everyone.

People kind of drive straight through Langholm there's not a great many places they can stop so if we can make the most of it while the folk are here you know and try and do as much as we can for the local businesses then we're more than happy to do that.

– Rick Taylor, Langholm Initiative

Organisers of Eden Festival call out for volunteers

Eden Festival

Organisers of Scotland's second largest music festival are looking for volunteers,

The Eden Festival recruits around 300 volunteers yearly, to assist with pthe planning of the festival.

A variety of volunteering roles are available, including:

  • stage management
  • artist liaison
  • compering
  • bar staff
  • ticket office staff
  • site artists
  • wardens etc.

One thing that makes Eden Festival special is that it is not a hire in jobbie - it is hand built each year by local volunteers (and some from further afield), young and old, with a lot of time, sweat and community spirit going in to creating the magnificent Garden every year - this makes for a more intimate and unique festival.

– Adam Curtis, Founder and Head of Production

Festival headliners include Cat Power, Bony M and Alabama 3.

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Cumbrian band British Sea Power talk about 10 years of Kendal Calling

Cumbrian band British Sea Power returned to Kendal Calling for the festival's 10th birthday.

Three of the band are from Natland near Kendal and performed at the first Kendal Calling in 2006, before being asked back several years since and have seen the festival grow from a few thousand people in Kendal's Abbott Hall Park to the 23,000 it now entertains in the grounds of Lowther Castle.

British Sea Power performed on one of the woodland stages on Saturday night Credit: ITV News Border

Our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson caught up with three from the band at the festival: Yan Scott Wilkinson the band's singer, who is originally from Natland near Kendal, Phil Sumner who plays the keyboard, cornet and guitar and Martin Noble who plays guitar and keyboard.

Left to Right: Yan Scott Wilkinson, Phil Sumner, Martin Noble.

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Kendal Calling 2015: What you can and can't bring...

Festivals have strict rules on what you can bring into the fields Credit: ITV Border

Kendal Calling opens its gates today, and with more and more people flocking to the Lake District festival every year, organisers have answered many of their frequently asked questions in preparation.

What you can, and can't, bring to the festival:

  • You CAN'T bring your own sound system; they don't have the license for this.
  • You CAN bring a reasonable amount of alcohol into the campsites, but not into the arena, where the festival has its own drinks suppliers and bars.
  • You CAN'T light campfires but you CAN bring your own disposable BBQ.
  • You CAN'T bring drugs or other illicit substances; the laws of the United Kingdom don't stop at the festival gates.
  • You CAN bring your own DSLR Camera, for personal use (Some festivals don't allow these).
  • You CAN'T bring a gazebo, as the organisers insist there isn't enough space.
  • You CAN bring gas canisters, as long as they are the standard 220g.
  • You CAN'T bring a 'live-in' vehicle, such as a campervan or caravan, into the main campsites, but there is a separate campsite available for these vehicles.
  • You CAN'T bring glass of any kind into the Deer Park.

Here's what facilities will be available:

  • Compost toilets
  • Bars and drink stalls in the Arena
  • Showers are only available to those who purchase a 'luxury camping upgrade ticket', which costs £10 per use, or £30 for the weekend in advance. Campers in Emperor's Fields will also have showers access.
  • Free water is available in the campsites, and water bottles in the Arena.
  • A General store in the Village Green. Vital supplies such as milk and toilet roll will be available.
  • A mobile phone charging station.
  • Lockers will be available in the village green.

Around 20,000 expected at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling last year. Credit: ITV Border

Around 20,000 people are expected at the Kendal Calling music festival, which begins today.

The event, held at Lowther Deer Park near Penrith, will feature acts including Elbow, Snoop Dogg and the Kaiser Chiefs.

It's the 10th anniversary of Cumbria's biggest music festival.

Music Festival Ambelside

First Brathay International Music Festival opens on Friday, June 1, at Holy Trinity Church, near Ambleside.It's been described as "an ambitious programme for a small but dedicated band of organisers."One of Britain's foremost pianists, Martin Roscoe, is among the artists to perform.

Also appearing are the renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet, and the first Chinese guitarist to gain international repute, Xuefei Yang.

The church sits on top of a rocky outcrop, a place admired by William Wordsworth, he said:'

“There is no situation out of the Alps, nor among them, more beautiful than where this building is placed.”

– William Wordsworth

Friday June 1: Fitzwilliam Quartet Saturday June 2: Voces8, from Gibbons to GershwinSunday June 3: Rededication with the Bishop of Carlisle and the Carlisle Cathedral ChoirMonday June 4: 12.45: Xuefei Yang, Bach, Villa Lobos, Koshkin, Paganini7.30: Martin Roscoe, Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy