Who needs Glastonbury? Kendal Calling headliners revealed

Date: Thursday 8th February 2018
The Libertines
The Libertines

LEGENDARY band The Libertines have been announced as the Sunday night headliners of Kendal Calling, which is to take place at Lowther Deer Park, near Penrith, from 26th to 29th July.

Featuring the infamous Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, who have both previously played Kendal Calling in separate musical guises, The Libertines are described as true heroes of the indie music scene.

Recognised as one of the most exciting and chaotic rock 'n' roll groups of the past 20 years, The Libertines disappeared from view after releasing only two studio albums — their debut Up The Bracket in 2002 and 2004's The Libertines.

But having reformed in 2010 for a series of headline shows, including slots at Reading and Leeds festivals, a third LP, Anthems for Doomed Youth, was released in 2015, cementing their legacy as one of the most inspiring and influential British bands of the 21st Century. A much anticipated new album is due out this year.

Drummer Gary Powell, who was part of the Dirty Pretty Things line-up with Barat at the 2007 Kendal Calling, said he was really looking forward to the show. It was going to be good to be back at an English homegrown festival, he said, and added: "Who needs Glastonbury?"

Friday night headliners are Catfish and the Bottlemen. A band first seen in Eden back in 2011 at the Ravenstonedale festival, near Kirkby Stephen, the North Wales quartet have risen through the ranks on the back of an electric live reputation.

Having first played Kendal Calling, on the Calling Out stage, in 2014, they are sure to attract a big crowd in the prime time main stage slot.

Filling the top spot on Saturday night will be hip-hop royalty Run DMC. With an arsenal of huge hits including It’s Like That, My Adidas and Its Tricky under their belts, they are sure to bring a lot of New York love to the Hackthorpe fields.

Kicking off proceedings on the Thursday night will be a special show from Hacienda Classical with the Manchester Camerata — the city's experimental orchestra which will be playing a new set of huge classics.

As Kendal Calling heads into its 13th year, the eclectic line-up is also set to include James, Shed Seven, Ocean Colour Scene, The Sherlocks, White Lies, The Wailers, Declan Mckenna, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Lucy Spraggan, The Amazons, Tom Grennan, Slow Readers Club, Peter Hook & The Light, Marmozets, Pale Waves, Idles, Dub Pistols, Hollie Cook, Sam Fender, Black Honey, Pins, The Blinders, Jordan Allen, Anteros, Yonaka, Trudy & The Romance, and Bang Bang Romeo.