Northern Irish stalwarts Ash will be headlining the Main Stage on Sunday night, following on from Scottish rockers Idlewild - both bands are currently recording and rumoured to be releasing new work soon. Saturday night sees industry-tipped bands for 2009 Twisted Wheel, Nine Black Alps and Red Light Company joining The Zutons, Sunshine Underground and The Travelling Band. Whilst Goldie Lookin Chain and Middleman join The Streets and Riot Jazz as Friday night's Main Stage acts.
Turntable dons Stanton Warriors headline Saturdays Traffic Dance Tent, following on from award-winning DJ Krafty Kuts, local hero Aim and Death on the Balcony amongst others. Reported as one of his favourite festival outings of last year, Howard Marks returns to Kendal Calling's Kayleid Stage. Also confirmed for Kayleid are Frank Turner, Tommy Reilly, Tarras, Mr & Mrs and Captain Hotknives joining Craig Charles.
The New Music Stage will be taken over by a different host each night and feature some of the freshest talent in the UK. Friday The Mighty Boof have selected Lo-Fi Culture Scene, Out from Animals and Atlas to join Fight Like Apes. Saturday's SameTeens line-up features Chewlips, Detroit Social Club, Tommy Sparks, The Answering Machine and Dutch Uncles amongst others. Whilst on Sunday night Club Cog present Kid British, Robb Blake, Lucid Dream, Spuds as some of the bands joining King Blues and Kasms.
The Comedy Stage will see its fair share of music too, with musical comedy from Duncan Oakley and Ruth Cockburn, plus Dan Nightingale, Matt Seber, Andy Rannard, Sam Gore & Chris Roche bringing out the laughs.
Organiser's are also delighted to confirm that SNO!zone will be bringing around 50-tonnes of snow to create a toboggan run and Snowbeach at this year's Kendal Calling, providing somewhere festival-goers can truly chill-out, whilst supping ice-cold drinks! Tongu-Fu, hosted by Ventriloquist*, is another making its first visit to the festival, combining performance poetry with improvised broken-jazz, funk and hip-hop from some of the best session musicians in the country in the Cumbrian countryside.
Another addition for 2009 will be The Holy Quail pub, with all sorts of colourful capers, all powered by solar energy! Amongst other shenanigans to be held here, The Witch and The Robot will be hosting TWATr Freakshow Disco and a meat raffle!
Peaceful Progress will be creating murals and graffiti, inspired by some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the UK. In a specially designed solar-powered tent, they will be hosting creative workshops, aiming to bridge the gap between holistic therapies and creativity, providing a positive message through music, dance and aromatherapy!
Kendal Calling want to ensure that fun is had by all and organisers are aware of the wider responsibilities that go along with holding a festival. With this in mind, advisory group CADAS will be raising awareness of drug and alcohol harm and their effects, plus providing a non-intimidating space to increase understanding of the support which is available. Not-for-profit social enterprise, Greenvoice, will also be onsite with a space powered by Bio fuel. They will be informing people of environmental issues both regionally and nationally and on how the public can get involved.
Co-founder and organiser, Ben Robinson, commented; "It's great to get the line up out, we've been beavering away for a long time to make sure we had a collection of acts that can truly bring the Deer Park to life and stage a show people will remember for a long time to come", regarding other features added this year; "additions such as the Snowbeach, circus dance arena and Holy Quail pub are set to entertain people all weekend with things you just don't find in Cumbria on your average weekend"
Along with the comedy stage, spoken word, interactive arts and workshops, the new breathtaking location of Lowther Estate will be taken over by site wide games such as 'Fox and Hounds' - complete with Kung-fu fox and break-dancing hounds, and cartoon comedy capers from 'Cat and Mouse' games!
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