Kendal Calling announces Riot Jazz line-up

Kendal Calling have announced the acts set to appear at the festival's quirkiest stage this year.

Jayne Robinson

Date published: 17th May 2012

This year sees Riot Jazz embrace the festival's Fairy Tales and Comic Book theme with 'The Great Puppet Show'; a real life festival fairytale with plenty of antics, art installations, eye catching décor, and a host of circus performers and eclectic musicians.

Without further ado, the acts set to grace the Riot Jazz stage this year include: 

Riot Jazz Brass Band, WhiskyCats, Honeyfeet, Lauren Housley, Jonny Dub (DJ), Dirty North, Gogo Penguin, New York Brass Band, Extra Love, The E.M.E, Nancy Kent, Lauren Housley, Age Of Glass, Toe Rag, The Templebys, Thingumabob & The Thingumajigs, Sara Mac, Al Baker & The Dole Queue, Chili Mazarin, The 2nd Tallest Man in the World, Scratter's & The Funky Disco Pig, Stan's Magic Foot, Al Baker, Joey Arnold and Blind Dog Daddy'o PLUS a special guest headliner.

The Riot Jazz Brass Band are the artists in residence, the masters of ceremonies who ventured from their arena and graced the main stage last year. Fronted by MC Chunky, the band has performed across the globe from Finland to Croatia delivering high-octane shows. As well as hosting the Riot Jazz area, the band have a debut album coming soon that captures their unique talents in time for Summer.

Other highlights on the bill include Honeyfeet; who has been described as a songbird of her generation with a full live band to support her electric sound. Also joining the bill is Lauren Housley, a bright artist from Yorkshire who is redefining Northern Soul as she conjures a warm, organic soundscape with a fresh, full voice that references Dusty Springfield with the virility of Ray Charles.

Live favourites WhiskyCats make a welcome return to the festival, with their hazardous and original get up. Their authentic sound and unique theatrical approach to performing has prompted people into saying that they are one of the best live acts in the country. Their sound is so diverse that ex-Blur bassist Alex James said Whisky Cats 'don't sound like anyone else in the world'

Aside from the music they’ll be a whole host of entertainment with performance art, circus troupes and vaudeville amusements. Riot Jazz is a true trip into a land of legend and fairytales, where costumes and decor transform reality, dusk turns into dawn and strangers become friends. Immerse in this adult wonderland armed with weapons of mass distraction. Experience and hear something new, Riot Jazz has landed.

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