CUMBRIA’S biggest music festival has announced its most significant line-up to date, to coincide with its 10th anniversary this year.
Kendal Calling will welcome the likes of Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs, James, The Vaccines and Snoop Dogg to headline over the course of the newly-expanded four-day event.
Elbow’s appearance, whilst being a defining moment in a decade of the festival’s history, is also northern festival exclusive. One of the most beloved and revered British acts of recent times, they will headline the main stage in the fashion which has seen them rise over six studio albums to become arena-filling voices of the nation.
US star Snoop Dogg is not only one of rap music’s top names, but an icon across the globe. Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide, his Sunday headline set promises to steal the show.
With an arsenal of hit singles and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands in the country, Kaiser Chiefs are an explosive headline performer and are certain to see Kendal Calling out in fitting style.
Indie upstarts The Vaccines have cemented their position as the most exciting young band in British music, and take to the main stage for the first time, while the return of James to Kendal Calling for the 10th anniversary celebrations is sure to provide a remarkable finale to the first ever Thursday night festivities.
Other main stage highlights from the first announcement include acclaimed singer-songwriter and Mercury Award nominee Nick Mulvey, psychedelic rockers The Horrors, Brit-Award winning songstress Ella Eyre, political bard Billy Bragg, edgy folk star Lucy Rose and the folk confessionals of Emmy The Great.
Kodaline will be bringing their epic stadium rock to the lakes to compliment indie stalwarts Embrace, pioneering club act Soul II Soul, classic Brit rockers the Levellers and UK Afrobeat artist Fuse ODG.
The phenomenal Public Service Broadcasting will headline the Calling Out stage, which also counts the likes of 2014’s breakout rapper and poet Kate Tempest, Bipolar Sunshine, Hyde & Beast, and Black Honey among it’s big attractions over the course of the weekend.
Local heroes British Sea Power make a welcome return having played the very first Kendal Calling festival 10 year ago and they will headline the picturesque Woodlands stage.
It wouldn’t be Kendal Calling without an appearance from veteran tea drinker and musical maverick Mr Scruff and a full dance programme of the most pioneering electronic music is still to be announced in the much revered Glow Tent.
This is just the beginning, with many more acts still to be confirmed on the Calling Out, Chai Wallah and Woodlands line-ups.
Kendal Calling founder Andy Smith says: “Since its humble beginnings as a teensy-eensy one and a half stage festival held in the grounds of a town centre art gallery back in 2006, to its current home spread across the stunning 300 acre Lowther Deer Park, home to our 12 stages - and more to come, it’s been an incredible journey.
“I think it’s fair to say this year’s line-up is going to take some beating though with an expanded festival seeing headliners over four days and an eclectic spread across all stages, but the real beauty is in the atmosphere of the audience and that's what it's really about at Kendal.”
Kendal Calling takes place at Lowther Deer Park, near Penrith, from July 30 to August 2.
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