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Kendal Calling announces 2019 lineup

COURTEENERS, DOVES, MANIC STREET PREACHERS, NILE RODGERS & CHIC AND ORBITAL TO HEADLINE

JOINED BY TOM JONES, YEARS & YEARS, GERRY CINNAMON, MILES KANE, THE FRATELLIS, GOMEZ, IDLES, KT TUNSTALL, MYSTERY JETS, SLOWTHAI, THE SUBWAYS AND NINA NESBITT

After selling out for thirteen years in a row, the UK’s most picturesque festival announces another huge lineup for 2019.

Courteeners, Doves, Manic Street Preachers, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Orbital will headline a four-day weekend of music, arts, comedy, food and drink in the Lake District’s Lowther Deer Park between 25th – 28th July.

Courteeners

Courteeners have a new album on the horizon and a decade of anthemic live performances under their belt, which makes them perfectly poised to take the headline slot as their first appearance at Kendal Calling. Since the breakout success of Not Nineteen Forever in 2008 the formidable indie group has built a loyal fanbase, capable of selling out 50,000 tickets for their recent Manchester homecoming show in just over two hours. A long-overdue appearance at Kendal Calling is set to be an exciting and memorable main stage moment for the expected 25,000 strong crowd.

The last time fellow Mancunian three-piece Doves played Kendal Calling was in 2010, and ever since then have been on permanent hiatus. The celebrated alt-rock heroes defined their own sound on Mercury-nominated albums Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast, which produced a string of hits including There Goes There Fear and Black And White Town. There’s no better way to embrace their welcome return to the stage after nine years away than with another pounding headline performance at Lowther Deer Park.

Manic Street Preachers

The Manic Street Preachers made their debut at Kendal Calling in 2017 and were keen to repeat the “inspiring” experience as soon as possible. After reaching the number 1 spot in the Official UK Album Chart three times, they delivered the critically acclaimed Resistance Is Futile LP in 2018 and picked up praise from the NME who declared it as “an absolute victory”. Expect a set loaded with thirty-three years of rebellious alt rock anthems this summer in Cumbria.

Chic

1970’s disco legends Chic will be there to provide the ultimate sing-along dance party, complete with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy Award-winner Nile Rodgers. Few groups can boast a catalogue packed with as many timeless classics as Nile Rodgers & Chic, whose works have gone on to inspire many more hits during the past four decades.

The New York group’s 1979 single Good Times has become one of the most sampled songs of all time – which Kendal Calling fans will recall from the unforgettable live performance of Rapper’s Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang in 2016.

Orbital

The techno giants Orbital, famous for their spotlight spectacles and gloriously overwhelming visual displays, will be offering the kind of multi-sensory treat rarely found at a UNESCO World Heritage Site this year. Claimed to be the UK’s original dance duo, the two brothers emerged from the 90s party scene during the halcyon days of acid house and are known for their impressive live improvisation and punk politics, which makes them act well worth witnessing in 2019.

Festival Director, Andy Smith said: “We’re thrilled to be heading into our 14th year with no less than five headliners! From anticipated headline slots, to Kendal Calling favourites, legendary sing-along dance anthems & spotlight spectacles, this year’s line-up is one of our most diverse yet, allowing us to bring huge headliners to the fields of Cumbria, as well as exciting female fronted-bands, and shining new stars, amongst the rest of the magic that is sprinkled across the festival site, from art installations, to comedy, cabaret, gourmet food, real ale and so much more!

“We cannot wait to welcome our Kendal-Callers, new & old back to the fields for an unforgettable weekend amongst the rolling hills, one which we hope will allow you to create lasting memories amongst your friends, family & new festival acquaintances.

“The countdown is officially on – we’ll see you in the fields!”

Years & Years


The impressive list of acts set to grace the lakes continues with the likes of Tom Jones, Years & Years, Gerry Cinnamon, Miles Kane, The Fratellis, Gomez, Kt Tunstall, Mystery Jets, The Subways and Nina Nesbitt, whilst over on the Glow Stage Leftfield [DJ Set], Maribou State and High Contrast [DJ Set] have also been revealed.

Tom Jones

Extending beyond the headliners is a line up filled with a broad range of genres, including an impressive crop of female fronted guitar-driven bands such as The Joy Formidable, The Big Moon, Dream Wife, Blood Red Shoes and Zuzu. Some of the most hyped and exciting new talent for 2019 will also be making appearances across the festival’s nine stages, including rising British rapper Slowthai, Bristol’s punk rock masters IDLES, Glaswegian singer-songwriter sensation Gerry Cinnamon and the hotly-tipped indie six-piece Sports Team.

Set in the incredible setting of the Lake District’s Lowther Deer Park, this innovative, fan-focused, independent festival is renowned for more than just music and visitors will also enjoy four days of arts installations, comedy, cabaret, cinema, magic, kids’ entertainment, gourmet food and real ale all within the confines of what is surely the most beautiful festival site in the UK.

Kendal Calling has firmly established itself as one of the undisputed highlights of the increasingly busy summer calendar, regularly picking up a awards including UK Festival Awards’ Best Medium Festival in 2016 and Marketing Campaign of The Year in 2018.

Tickets always sell out for the festival well in advance so fans are urged to get their tickets now to avoid disappointment. See you in the fields!

TICKETS ON SALE FROM THURS 31st 10AM AT £148 OR SECURE YOUR TICKET FROM £39 AND PAY OFF THE REST BEFORE MAY!

Full Lineup To Date:

COURTEENERS  DOVES   
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
NILE RODGERS & CHIC  ORBITAL
TOM JONES  YEARS & YEARS
   RIVAL SONS   GERRY CINNAMON  MILES KANE   
GOMEZ   THE FRATELLIS   IDLES KT TUNSTALL  
DERMOT KENNEDY  MYSTERY JETS   SLOWTHAI
BADLY DRAWN BOY   THE SUBWAYS    NINA NESBITT   
THE JOY FORMIDABLE   DREAM WIFE THE BIG MOON   THE RIFLES   BLOOD RED SHOES    SEA GIRLS BEANS ON TOAST   KYLE FALCONER TEN TONNES CASSIA    SPORTS TEAM EASY LIFE THE SNUTS
THE PEARL HARTS   RASCALTON ZUZU SOPHIE & THE GIANTS   ONLY THE POETS   AVERAGE JOE
THE NORTHERN THREADS   INDIGO YOUTH MARBLMOON   CELESTIAL NORTH BARRY POSTLETHWAITE
THE POSTCARD BAND
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DJ SETS FROM:
MARIBOU STATE    LEFTFIELD
JAX JONES   HIGH CONTRAST
CHRIS LORENZO  DANNY HOWARD DARKZY  KRYSTAL KLEAR MELE PAUL WOOLFORD
BARELY LEGAL   CINTHIE JUNGLE WARRIORS   MONKI WAZE & ODYSSEY
ELLIE COCKS    HARRIET JAXXON  JAY CARDER TRUDY KNIGHT
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GOLDIE LOOKIN’ CHAIN   THE CUBAN BROTHERS
FLEETMAC WOOD   THE SAMBA STONES
———-
KOG & THE ZONGO BRIGADE   BROKEN BRASS URBAN FOLK QUARTET   
TROPICAL TEA PARTY ft HIPPO SOUNDSYSTEM & GUESTS
THE ALLERGIES   BLOW 3.0 MC XANDER   THE HEMPOLICS
MUNTO VALDO   STOMPY’S PLAYGROUND   COCO & THE BUTTERFIELDS   KADIJA KAMARA TETES DE POIS   LYDIAN COLLECTIVE SNAZZBACK
ANNIE MCLUCKIE   BINBAG WISDOM THE PLIMP SOULS
———-
BELLA UNION TAKEOVER   TIM PEAKS FM WITH CHRIS HAWKINS
TIM BURGESS [DJ]    OUR GIRL THE SILVER FIELD   KEER HER MARK RADCLIFFE’S UNE
KEELEY FORSYTH  ROXY GIRLS THE NORTH BY SOUTH
THE TWO SHOT PODCAST    PABLO’S PAINTINGS COBAIN JONES
FRANKIE FRANCIS’ AMAZING RADIO SHOW   BECKI’S CHOIR
TINY TIM PEAKS WITH ALEX WINTERS   CLARE NASIR
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NICK BRIGHT [DJ]   THE LAKE POETS BAND OF HOPE   THE SMITHS LTD
DELIGHTS   THE K’S CLINT BOON [DJ]   TRASHED TV ELIZA & THE BEAR   Y.O.U.N.G
THE 99 DEGREE   HOWLING RHYTHM VULTURE AUTHORITY   DIRTY LACES SCUTTLERS
THE PAGANS S.O.H    THOMAS TURGOOSE [DJ SET]     FLEX 80s DISCO WORKOUT CLASSICS
JOHN LEATHER’S TARANTINO DISCO   THE UNGOOGLEABLE QUIZ
BANDS F.C HOUSE PARTY TAKEOVER!
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LA LUCHA BRITANNIA WRESTLING   KUNST KABARET   

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