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Keswick Mountain Festival unveils live outdoor music and film line-up

Huey Morgan, Space and Holy Moly & The Crackers to appear on the main stage

Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) has unveiled its line-up of outdoor entertainment and details of a major partnership with Land Rover. Over two nights, the main stage will feature live music, a DJ set and a special screening of a new film, accompanied by a performance of the musical score. KMF has also announced that Land Rover has signed up as title partner and will have a big presence at this year’s event, which will run from 15-17 May.

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Among those appearing on the main stage in Crow Park at the 2020 Keswick Mountain Festival will be Space, Holy Moly & The Crackers, SWJ Group, Huey Morgan, and award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham with a screening of ‘Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn’. The festival will present a full programme of entertainment on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May, with the backdrop of Derwentwater and the Lake District fells.

Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) is one of the UK’s best-loved outdoor festivals, attracting 20,000 visits every year to Cumbria. From 15-17 May, KMF will kick off this year’s summer festival season with its unique mix of live entertainment, sporting events, outdoor adventures, high profile speakers, taster activities, exhibitor stands and camping for all of the family.

The heart of KMF will be the Festival Village in Crow Park, which will be free to enter during the day and open to ticket holders on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Thanks to support from the festival’s new title partner Land Rover, facilities and activities on the site will be even more extensive in 2020. A major new attraction will be complimentary self-drives of the new Defender* across a challenging off-road course offered to festival visitors. In addition, the Defender will be on display on the Land Rover stand while the multi-sport Keswick Conqueror challenge will become the Land Rover Keswick Conqueror as part of the new partnership.

As usual, the main stage at KMF will be located close to the shore of Derwentwater. The live entertainment will begin on the evening of Friday 15 May, when the Batala Samba band will lead festival goers from Keswick town centre to Crow Park. Friday night’s headliner offers something new at the festival and will be an outdoor screening of award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham’s latest production, ‘Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn’.

Taking place only a week after its world premiere, this will be a unique opportunity for visitors to see the final film in Terry’s acclaimed Life of a Mountain trilogy on a huge screen, with the landscape that the three films celebrate in the background. The screening will be accompanied by a live performance of the musical score in what is set to be an atmospheric and compelling conclusion to Friday at Keswick Mountain Festival. For every ticket sold for Friday night at KMF, £1 will be donated to charity, with the money raised to be split between the National Trust, Friends of the Lake District and MIND.

SWJ Group

Saturday night offers a very different mix of entertainment, starting with Manchester based collective SWJ Group and their infectious funk and groove. Next up will be renowned live act Holy Moly & The Crackers, delivering “riotous party music for the masses” that features folk, blues and indie rock. Popular 90s outfit Space will also take to the stage at KMF, in the latest date on their Music for Pleasure Music for Pain Tour. Formed in Liverpool in 1993, Space released two platinum selling albums and also enjoyed success in the singles chart with hits such as Female of the Species, Neighbourhood, Me and You Versus the World, Avenging Angels and The Ballad of Tom Jones.

Huey Morgan will take to the main stage at Keswick Mountain Festival on 16 May

DJ, raconteur, author, producer, broadcaster and Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan will provide a rousing finale to the live entertainment on the main stage at Keswick Mountain Festival. A regular presence on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, Huey will bring his New York Lower East Side sensibility to Cumbria with a DJ set at KMF that will join the dots between funk, soul, disco, classic hip hop and rock ’n’ roll.

Festival director Nicola Meadley comments: “We’re very excited about both the live entertainment and the fact that Land Rover will be such a big part of the festival this year. Once again, we’re proud to be able to give a showcase to Cumbrian acts alongside international stars and the screening of Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn will be a great way to continue that theme. Terry Abraham’s films have become firm favourites with lovers of the Lakes and this conclusion to his trilogy is set to be the most spectacular yet. And of course, Land Rover is the perfect brand to partner with us in delivering these very special occasions.”

Jaguar Land Rover UK Marketing Director, Anthony Bradbury, adds: “We are delighted to be title partner of the Keswick Mountain Festival; it really is the perfect fit and the best representation of our mantra ‘Above and Beyond’.

“Our first year will coincide with the launch of the new Defender – our Icon re-imagined for the 21st Century and we are looking forward to getting involved with all the activities throughout the weekend.”

To find out more about KMF and book tickets, visit, email [email protected], find the event on Facebook, or follow @keswickfestival on Twitter and Instagram.

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