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Solfest attracts 5,500 festival-goers

Five and a half thousand festival goers have descended on Solfest.

It's the 13th time the event's been held near Aspatria.

There are 300 different bands and acts on show on 9 different stages, including Newton Faulkner who headlined on the Drystone Stage on Friday night.

This evening sees a performance from headline act Dub Pistols, who've now been going for 21 years.

Dutty Moonshine Big Band will play out the festival on the main stage on Sunday night.

Gypsy-funk bank Klonk playing at Solfest Credit: ITV Border

Three people arrested following theft at Solfest

Three people have been arrested following theft of cash, vouchers and a mobile phone from a tent at Solfest near Aspatria

The theft is believed to have occurred at some point between 2am and 11.30am on Friday August 26.

Following enquiries police have arrested a 36-year old man from Maryport, a 28-year-old woman from Maryport and a 25-year-old man from Whitehaven on suspicion of theft.

Police would like to appeal to festival-goers to ensure that they keep valuables on them and not leave them in an unattended tent.


Annual Solfest cancelled for 2014

The organisers of a festival in Cumbria have announced that the event will not take place next year.

In a statement they said that the postponement "allows us a much needed break after ten long years, and also gives us the chance to concentrate our efforts on Solfest 2015."

Mike Scott from The Waterboys at this year's festival Credit: Solfest

The statement continues,

"When we return, we intend to remain one of the most loved and best valued family friendly festivals in the country.

"We would like to thank all our supporters for their hard work and commitment over the last ten years.

"We are as committed as ever to the Solfest ethos and our passion for getting it right and creating the type of festival which you all deserve.

"We look forward to seeing each and every one of you back in our usual spot between the 28th and 30th of August 2015. We’ll keep the grass warm for you!"

Nina Nesbitt was one of the performers at this year's festival Credit: Solfest