Kendal Calls Up 50+ More Acts

Kendal Calling 2023. Pic: Tom Martin

Kendal Calling has added another 50+ acts to its 2024 line-up including Lucy Spraggan, Charlotte Plank, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, A Certain Ratio, Sugababes, The Snuts, Feeder, Bilk, ADMT, Alfie Jukes, Future Utopia, HotWax and more. This includes stars of the main stage, Tim Peaks’ biggest-ever Kendal Calling billing, new names from the best in new music for Calling Out, dazzling world music from Chai Wallahs and laugh-out-loud comedy acts for The Soapbox. Kendal Calling is headlined this year by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Paolo Nutini, The Streets, Paul Heaton with guest singer Rianne Downey, and Keane.

Over four days, forty thousand festival goers will gather as Kendal Calling transforms into Cumbria’s third largest town. Joining the line up is Lucy Spraggan who made a much anticipated comeback releasing her latest album last August. Plus, collaborations with Rudimental and Turno, Charlotte Plank who’s been tipped by the likes of NME and Zane Lowe heads to Lowther, as well as Sugababes, The Snuts, Feeder and British youth counterculture rockers Bilk. Midas Touch hitmaker ADMT, Alfie Jukes who releases his latest single Eyes Wide in January, as well as Future Utopia, and teen punk powerhouse HotWax will be heading to the Fields.

Kendal Calling wouldn’t be complete without Tim Burgess’ own Tim Peaks Diner, loved for legendary sets as well as the very best coffee around. The 2024 Tim Peaks line-up is claimed as  bigger and better than ever. Of course, there will be secret sets but as festival goers well know, they are, y’know… top secret. This summer, A Certain Ratio will not only be playing live at the Diner, but their set will also be mixed, mastered and pressed into vinyl so quickly that it will be available to buy at Tim Peaks on the Sunday of Kendal Calling, and what’s more, the band  will be there to sign them. A Certain Ratio said, “We’ve always wanted to play Kendal Calling, especially Tim Peaks Diner, so we are very excited!”

Having received his Fellowship at The Royal Northern College of Music in November, Tim Burgess will be collaborating with the Session Orchestra for a one off performance alongside Dexys Midnight Runners legend Helen O’Hara. Elsewhere across the weekend at everyone’s favourite Diner, Dave Haslam will be hosting two book events as well as one of his legendary DJ sets on the Friday night which is not to be missed. Two Headed Horse, who have been involved in the Help Us Help Us Bands project will be performing at Tim Peaks, as well as Leeds rockers Ultimate Thunder whose story with Tim Burgess was covered by the press globally. Chris Hawkins will be bringing Names In Songs to life for the first time at a festival as part of his Tim Peaks FM show on Saturday. And there is much, much more still to come.

Tim Burgess said, “I say it every year but I genuinely think this might be our best line up ever – to have A Certain Ratio playing live and to be making their set into an album is dream come true stuff for me.”

Calling Out is Kendal’s iconic music discovery stage which over the years has played host to some of the best up and coming music from across the globe as they embark on their journey to main stage status. Famously, the stage has played host to names such as Mumford & Sons, London Grammar and The 1975. This year some of the biggest upcoming artists are taking to the stage, with headliners Sundara Karma, The K’s and Peace joined by latest additions Benjamin Francis Leftwich and ADMT alongside Antony Szmeriek, BBY, Lauren Hibberd and Felix White’s new project, 86TVs.

Unique touring venue Chai Wallahs is back, confirming its status as the ultimate destination for all things world music, jazz, hip hop, reggae, funk and soul. For over 15 years, Chai Wallahs is where diverse sounds from across the globe unite to create unforgettable moments. This year, Chai Wallahs is set to host an impressive lineup of acts that will leave audiences spellbound. Among the headliners are Tom McGuire & The Brassholes, the acclaimed 8-piece soul/funk ensemble from Glasgow, ready to ignite the stage with their infectious energy. Joining them is Omega Nebula, delivering their signature high-spirited reggae beats and powerful basslines, ensuring an electrifying performance that will move the crowd. Chai Wallahs is set to welcome an array of talented bands and artists from across the globe, including The Allergies Live, Dr Meaker and Jamu, cementing itself as a must-visit for amazing sounds from across the globe accompanied by incredible pizza and atmosphere!

From some of the UK’s rip-roaring stand-up comics to the wild and wonderful spectacle of Drag Bingo, The Soapbox is home to all things entertainment! With an array of family friendly, and not so family friendly shows, there is something for all audiences. And today, Kendal reveals the first acts who’ll be taking to The Soapbox to surprise and delight festival goers, including Angelos Epithemiou, Olivia Lee, Jojo Sutherland, Micky P Kerr, Rich Wilson, Matt Bragg, Tadima Mahlunge, Danny McLoughlin, Phil Chapman, Dani Johns & Jenny Hart.