Stellar line-up of local talent at Kendal Calling confirmed

Date: Thursday 14th March 2019

A STELLAR line-up of local stars will be joining world renowned artists at the Kendal Calling music festival near Penrith in July, including Colt 45, Hardwicke Circus, mylittlebrother, Droll Man and Eliza Gutteridge.

To celebrate the Yam Riot stage announcement, members of the Hardwicke Circus and mylittlebrother will perform special acoustic sets at Shap Chippy tomorrow from 5pm.

Returning heroes Colt 45 will be one of the headline names on the Yam Riot stage, following its hugely successful launch at last year’s Kendal Calling.

The three-piece rockers return to their home festival for the first time in years to mark their 10th anniversary as a band. Drummer Adam Lewis, whose other band, False Flags, are also set to feature, said: “This is our 10th year as a band, so we’re playing a handful of birthday shows to celebrate and we are extremely pleased to be adding Kendal Calling to our plans.

"We’re especially pleased to be performing the same year as Manic Street Preachers — and, as always, the organisers make sure there are plenty of opportunities for local acts and new artists to step up and perform.”

Teenaged singing sensation Eliza Gutteridge is also especially keen to see one of the legends of the Kendal Calling 2019 bill. Last year she starred on television screens when she was coached by a certain Sir Tom Jones to the knockout rounds of The Voice.

She is back once again at the festival for a set filled with a mixture of personal originals and well-known singalongs from a variety of eras with her own spin and interpretation on them.

Also among the headliners are Cumbrian mainstays mylittlebrother, who have been playing their upbeat indie pop all over the UK for the past seven years.

By contrast, upcoming emo outfit Canada Square are arguably the newest band in the line-up, having wowed crowds since playing their debut gig at Christmas and releasing their first single last month.

Guitarist Thom Fisher said: “As a band, our main aim this year is to make a jump on to a major festival, so we couldn't be more excited to be playing."

Festival director Andy Smith said: "The Yam Riot stage made its debut at the festival last year, and we’re thrilled for it to return this summer. The team at Kendal Calling are committed to supporting local talent, and with so many incredible artists hailing from the Lake District we’re over the moon to have so many joining us in the fields this summer.”

The list of acts set to grace the Yam Riot stage also includes the previously announced Indigo Youth, The Northern Threads, The Postcard Band, Celestial North, Barry Postlethwaite, and Marblmoon, while the other new additions include Droll Man, Holiday, The Case Of Us, Record Street, Brocken Spectre, Cosmic Cat, Shot Balowski, Kveis, Sallows, Glass Phantoms, Ogres of Go-Go, Beachmaster, Building Giants, Slow Mojo, Jiggy Beast, Reptilians, Paddy Rogan and The Unsung.

Major acts on this year's festival bill include Courteeners, Doves, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Orbital.