Bands from around the world will be descending on Cumbria next week when the county's premier music event returns.

The 13th Kendal Calling festival takes over Lowther Deer Park, near Penrith, from Thursday July 26 to Sunday 29, offering up 10 music stages, a comedy tent and plenty of on-site attractions and entertainment.

Festival-goers from around the country will be planning out their weekends now, and to help them in their task, organisers have issued the day splits - detailing who will be appearing where over the course of the four-day extravaganza.


Hacienda Classical headline on Thursday (photo by Jack Kirwin)

As we've seen in recent years, Kendal Calling kicks off with a small Thursday line-up on the Main Stage and the Chai Wallah tent: Leeds-based cinematic-electronic duo Lost Colours, who feature Cumbrian DJ and producer Martin Allinson, have the honour of getting 2018's proceedings under way.

Also on the largest stage, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Micky P Kerr, underground singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon, and Red Dwarf star and soul music aficionado Craig Charles provide the warm-up for the evening's headliner - the spectacular Haçienda Classical live show, where the legendary nightclub's original DJs, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, are joined by a live orchestra, Manchester Camerata, alongside vocals from the AMC Choir and special guests.

Tropical Soundclash, Afla Sackey and Afrik Bawantu, Malavita, Kiriki Club, and Diplomats Of Sound all feature on Chai Wallah.


Catfish and the Bottlemen top the bill on Friday

Friday is where the whole site opens up, giving attendees access to every stage, and the Lost Eden woodlands, where live performances, stalls, sculptures and artwork lines the footpaths.

The Main Stage line-up will begin with glam pop act Felix Hagan and The Family, followed by garage rockers Saint Agnes, Kendal Calling regulars Plastic Mermaids, solo artist Hollie Cook, the legendary Dub Pistols, promising indie youngster Declan McKenna, post-punk stars White Lies, and long-standing favourites of the festival, James. It is down to indie superstars Catfish and the Bottlemen to close the stage, stepping up from an afternoon set in 2016 to headliners in 2018.

Across the site, the highlights on the second stage, Calling Out, include man of the moment Tom Grennan, Marmozets, William McCarthy from Augustines, Jordan Allen, and Marsicans, with the neighbouring House Party welcoming the likes of Gareth Brooks, a When In Manchester DJ Set, and Disco Illusion, the Glow dance tent has Icarus, Gorgon City, and Cousn appearing, and Chai Wallah is hosting a Nice Recordings Takeover, featuring Soulcheeba and Spinx, Calibro 35, and Daytona.

In the Woodlands, an Elvis and Nirvana mash-up, Elvana, is the star attraction, alongside Night Flowers, Scarlet and The K’s, among others. Elsewhere, the Tim Peaks diner has a live set from its founder, Charlatans' Tim Burgess, as well as DJ sets from Nico Mirallegro, Tom Turgoose and Thomas Lowther, WKD stage has a Crucast takeover, the small Carvetti stage hosts Electronic Empires and Equilibrium Dance.

The new Yam Riot stage has a strong Cumbrian feel: below headliners Family Ranks will be local acts such as Sugarspun, Kontiki Suite, Run And Hyde, Flynt, Serene, Fight For Friday, and Delagrave.

The star names appearing on the Soapbox comedy stage for day one are Mark Watson, Brendon Burns, and Noel James.


Saturday's main act are Run DMC

A huge Saturday programme is topped by Main Stage headliners Run DMC playing a set of classic New York hip-hop, following a day of action from returning indie frontrunners Shed Seven, US stars Fun Lovin’ Criminals, grime icon Bugzy Malone, and well-regarded bands The Slow Readers Club, Sam Fender, The Blinders, False Advertising, and New York Tourists.

Calling Out's bill is topped by singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan, with support from up-and-coming acts Black Honey, King No-One, and Yonaka, among others, and Glow has a massive night in store from the likes of Grandmaster Flash and a Hospitality Records takeover.

The main acts of the day on the Woodlands stage are London Astrobeat Orchestra performing Talking Heads classics, Hello Cosmos and No Hot Ashes, while House Party has the likes of Dave Haslam, Reach Up Disco Wonderland and Twisted Wheel, Chai Wallah features Wrongtom, Horseman & The Uppercut Band, and Lazy Habits, and Tim Peaks has DJ sets from Martin Blunt, Tim Burgess and Simon Raymonde.

Carvetti has Xam Volo, Zapatilla and Lao Ra on an eclectic line-up, and WKD has Richy Ahmed and Route 94, while the Yam Riot stage features Templebys and a returning Felix Hagan & The Family, ably supported by Cumbrian acts The Lucid Dream, The Chadelics, Dansi, Indica Gallery, Family Selection Box, Paper Cranes and Melanie Baker.

Hal Cruttenden, Tom Houghton and Keith Carter are the best-known names on the Soapbox comedy stage.


The Libertines close the festival on Sunday

Although the festival draws to a close on the Sunday , there is no let-up in the amount of entertainment on offer.

BritPop legends Ocean Colour Scene, reggae icons The Wailers, promising rockers The Sherlocks, Peter Hook & The Light, Lady Leshurr, Life, and The Lancashire Hotpots all appear on the Main Stage before a resurgent The Libertines play through a greatest hits set to round out the festival.

Elsewhere on the final day, The Amazons are the main name on the Calling Out stage, joined by Pale Waves, Findlay, Pins and more, and the Glow tent features Basement Jaxx, Horse Meat Disco and Deadbeat UK.

Woodlands will come to a close with a performance by The Beat-sie Boys, having hosted acts such as Dantevilles, Mint and 100 Fables earlier in the day.

House Party has DJ sets from Clint Boon, Kieren Webster, and Tom Turgoose, Chai Wallah highlights are Si Chai & Chai Honey, The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, and Friendly Fire, the main names in Tim Peaks diner are Bear Growls, Jack Jones, Average Sex, and a DJ set from The Coral, Carvetti has July Julay & The Mambo Kings, DJ, Mayeva, and El Condor, and WKD has Redlight, Alexis, and Emerald.

The last outing for the Yam Riot stage sees Manchester mash-up act Omit Sleep close the show, with local names such as Molly Warburton, Late Night Legacy, Graces, Prowles, Pariahs, Wolfpeake, and The Liars Club starring during the day.

The last laughs in the Soapbox tent come from the likes of Alun Cochrane, Mike Wilkinson, and Ray Bradshaw.

For a full programme for the festival, visit www.kendalcalling.co.uk