, Cumbria's biggest live music event has been awarded a development grant of £45, 000, spread over the next three years, by Rural Regeneration Cumbria. The award has been given in recognition of Solfest's unique approach to the festival experience, and the festivals ambitious development plans for the next three years.
Also it has been recognized that Solfest is instrumental in increasing tourism in North Cumbria with in 2004, 60% of people at the festival traveling from outside Cumbria and 74% staying in the area for three nights or more.
The award will allow Solfest to attract more major names to the festival, advertise more widely and will help Solfest increase in size over the next three years which will allow the festival to build a solid and sustainable financial foundation on which Solfest can develop.
This is the first time a long term development grant has been awarded to a festival in Cumbria by Rural Regeneration demonstrating the faith in the future growth and success of Solfest by the organization.
Simon Kay, chairman of Solfest committee commented on the news of the award:
"At our very first meeting in September 2003 it was decided that at all times we should run Solfest in as professional a manner as possible without ever cutting corners, and that by doing so we could put in place a sound foundation for what the festival might go on to become in the future. Now, nearly two years later, we are already experiencing the benefits of this decision and by continuing with this policy and developing Solfest in the ways outlined in this plan, we believe that we can achieve our ultimate aim to make Solfest the best festival in Cumbria, and eventually in the north of England. This award means that we are that much more able to realize that dream".
Held annually on the Solway coast of the Irish Sea in north Cumbria, the Solfest site boasts the stunning backdrops of southern Scotland's Galloway hills on one panorama and the north Lakeland fells on the other.
With an amazingly eclectic mix of music that encompasses, Celtic, Folk, World, Country, Singer-Songwriters, new wave legends and the best of local musical talent the site also plays host to a cutting edge dance music tent, an even bigger acoustic tent than last year, an amazing array of workshops and children's events and unique artworks that grace the festival site for the weekend.
After the huge success of the first Solfest at The Tarns Farm, Near Silloth, Cumbria in September 2004, The event returns with even bigger names, bigger ideas and a bigger site over the August Bank Holiday weekend 26th-28th 2005.
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