Welsh wizard set to be "The Voice" of Kendal Calling
LEGENDARY singer Sir Tom Jones is set to transform Kendal Calling's Lowther Deer Park site, near Penrith, into the "Green, Green Grass of Home" when he performs in front of an anticipated 25,000-strong festival crowd this summer.
The 78-year-old singer — who will be performing at the popular festival with a full band — will join the likes of Courteeners, Doves, Manic Steet Preachers, and Orbital for the 14th year of Kendal Calling from Thursday, 25th July, to Sunday, 28th July.
Unlike many of the fresh-faced acts announced for the four day festival bill, Sir Tom has enjoyed a career which has spanned six decades. He has sold over 100 million records with hits including It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat, the theme song for the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, Delilah, She's a Lady, Kiss and Sex Bomb.
Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both his recorded work and live performances and since appearing as a judge on The Voice UK, he has won a whole new legion of young fans.
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. Since the breakout success of Not Nineteen Forever, in 2008, the formidable indie group has built a loyal fanbase, capable of selling out 50,000 tickets for their recent Manchester homecoming show in just over two hours.
A long-overdue appearance at Kendal Calling is set to be an exciting and memorable main stage moment for the expected 25,000 strong crowd.
The last time fellow Mancunian three-piece Doves played Kendal Calling was in 2010, and ever since then have been on permanent hiatus.
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. After reaching the number 1 spot in the Official UK Album Chart three times, they delivered the critically acclaimed Resistance Is Futile LP in 2018 and picked up praise from the NME who declared it as "an absolute victory". Expect a set loaded with thirty-three years of rebellious alt rock anthems this summer in Cumbria.
Also on the bill are 1970s disco legends Chic. They will be there to provide the ultimate sing-along dance party, complete with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy Award-winner Nile Rodgers. Few groups can boast a catalogue packed with as many timeless classics as
Nile Rodgers & Chic, whose works have gone on to inspire many more hits during the past four decades. The New York group's 1979 single Good Times has become one of the most sampled songs of all time — which Kendal Calling fans will recall from the unforgettable live performance of
Rapper's Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang in 2016.
The techno giants Orbital — famous for their spotlight spectacles and gloriously overwhelming visual displays, will be offering the kind of multi-sensory treat rarely found at a UNESCO World Heritage Site this year. Claimed to be the UK's original dance duo, the two brothers emerged
from the 90s party scene during the halcyon days of acid house and are known for their impressive live improvisation and punk politics, which makes them act well worth witnessing in 2019.
Festival director Andy Smith said: "We're thrilled to be heading into our 14th year with no less than five headliners! From anticipated headline slots, to Kendal Calling favourites, legendary sing-along dance anthems and spotlight spectacles, this year's line-up is one of our most diverse yet, allowing us to bring huge headliners to the fields of Cumbria, as well as exciting female fronted-bands, and shining new stars, amongst the rest of the magic that is sprinkled across the festival site, from art installations, to comedy, cabaret, gourmet food, real ale and so much more.
"We cannot wait to welcome our Kendal-Callers, new and old, back to the fields for an unforgettable weekend amongst the rolling hills, one which we hope will allow you to create lasting memories amongst your friends, family and new festival acquaintances."
The impressive list of acts also includes: Years & Years, Gerry Cinnamon, Miles Kane, The Fratellis, Gomez, Kt Tunstall, Mystery Jets, The Subways and Nina Nesbitt, while over on the Glow Stage Leftfield (DJ Set), Maribou State and High Contrast (DJ Set) have also been revealed.
Extending beyond the headliners is a line up filled with a broad range of genres, including an impressive crop of female fronted guitar-driven bands such as The Joy Formidable, The Big Moon, Dream Wife, Blood Red Shoes and Zuzu.
Some of the most hyped and exciting new talent for 2019 will also be making appearances across the festival's nine stages — including rising British rapper Slowthai, Bristol's punk rock masters IDLES, Glaswegian singer-songwriter sensation Gerry Cinnamon and the hotly-tipped indie six-piece Sports Team.
The innovative, fan-focused, independent festival is renowned for more than just music and visitors will also be able to enjoy four days of arts installations, comedy, cabaret, cinema, magic, kids' entertainment, gourmet food and real ale — all within the confines of what is surely the most beautiful festival site in the UK.