CUMBRIA'S biggest festival kicked off proceedings on Friday for the main weekend with rock band Kasabian topping the bill. 

Those lucky enough to have Thursday tickets were treated to some disco from Nile Rodgers and Chic and both classic and more contemporary indie-rock darlings Scouting for Girls and Black Honey.

However, proceedings properly kicked off on Friday, with thousands of people descending on the Lowther Estate for a weekend of fun. 

The Westmorland Gazette: Example brought his dance classic Kickstarts to an appreciative audienceExample brought his dance classic Kickstarts to an appreciative audience (Image: Harry Atkinson Photography)

Football fans took some time to watch the England women's squad beat Denmark 1-0 in the group stages of the World Cup, which was being screened in one of the tents. 

For people feeling nostalgic for the 90s and the 00s, Friday had a lot to offer. Spice Girl Mel C played classics from her repertoire, such as Spice up Your Life to a loud call and response from the audience.

The Westmorland Gazette: Dick and Dom brought a lively DJ set to the Parklands stageDick and Dom brought a lively DJ set to the Parklands stage (Image: Harry Atkinson Photography)

Children's TV presenters Dick and Dom, famous for their show Dick and Dom in da Bungalow which ran for 263 episodes between 2002 and 2006, played a well-attended DJ set on the Parklands stage. They even received a moshpit when they played Freed from Desire by Gala Rizzatto. 

Speaking of DJs, former Radio 1 presenter Annie Mac span her collection of dance records as the headliner for the Parklands stage. 

Rapper Example was one of the main acts on the Main Stage, bringing tunes to a willing audience such as his 2010 club banger Kickstarts. 

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A large crowd gathered for Wigan indie rock band The Lathums, before Kasabian came roaring onto the main stage as the Friday headliners. 

Kasabian began their set with Club Foot, a fan favourite from their self-titled debut album. The band is now fronted by Segio Pizzorno, after former lead vocalist Tom Meighan departed from the band in 2020. 

Last year, the band supported Liam Gallagher when he returned to Knebworth. 

The festival continues, with Blossoms, Rick Astley, Frank Turner and Circa Waves topping the bill for today's (Saturday) performances.