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Tom Jones, Manic Street Preachers and Nile Rodgers are among the Kendal Calling 2019 line up

COURTEENERS, Doves, Manic Street Preachers, Nile Rodgers and Chic and Orbital are all in the mix for this year’s huge Kendal Calling line up. After selling out for 13 years in a row, the four-day weekend of music, arts, comedy, food and drink will be staged once again within Lowther Deer Park between July 25-28.

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. Meanwhile, the last time fellow Mancunian three-piece Doves played Kendal Calling was in 2010. 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.

The Manic Street Preachers made their debut at Kendal Calling in 2017 and were keen to repeat the “inspiring” experience as soon as possible. Expect a set loaded with 33 years of rebellious alt rock anthems this summer in Cumbria.

And so to 1970s disco legends Chic and Grammy Award-winner Nile Rodgers who will provide the ultimate singalong dance party. Also, headlining this year are techno giants Orbital, famous for their spotlight spectacles and gloriously overwhelming visual displays. Claimed to be the UK’s original dance duo, the two brothers emerged from the 1990s party scene during the halcyon days of acid house and are known for their impressive live improvisation and punk politics.

The impressive list of acts set to grace the Kendal Calling stages also includes likes of hip swinging Tom Jones, Years and Years, Gerry Cinnamon, Miles Kane, The Fratellis, Gomez, Kt Tunstall, Mystery Jets, The Subways and Nina Nesbitt.Festival director Andy Smith said they were thrilled to be heading into their 14th year with no less than five headliners. “From anticipated headline slots, to Kendal Calling favourites, legendary singalong dance anthems and spotlight spectacles, this year’s line-up is one of our most diverse yet.”

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