KENDAL Calling has put together a cracking line up of rising local stars for this year's festival.

Included are Colt 45, Hardwicke Circus, mylittlebrother, Droll Man, Eliza Gutteridge and more.

To celebrate the Yam Riot stage announcement, members of the acclaimed Hardwicke Circus and mylittlebrother will both perform special acoustic sets, live at Penrith’s award-winning and much loved chip shop Shap Chippy from 5pm, tomorrow night (Friday, March 15).

Those who head down to watch them perform, and buy some award-winning fish and chips, will be in with a chance of winning a pair of golden tickets to Kendal Calling 2019.

Colt 45 will be one of the headline names on the Yam Riot stage, following its hugely successful launch at last year’s Kendal Calling. The three-piece rockers return to their home festival for the first time in years to mark their 10th anniversary as a band. Drummer Adam Lewis - whose other band, False Flags, are also set to feature - said it was their tenth year as a band, so they were playing a handful of birthday shows to celebrate and extremely pleased to be adding Kendal Calling to their plans: "We’re especially pleased to be performing the same year as Manic Street Preachers - and, as always, the organisers make sure there are plenty of opportunities for local acts and new artists to step up and perform."

Hardwicke Circus are also Kendal Calling veterans, and return following a string of well-received EP releases and recent tours supporting the likes of Alabama 3 and Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats. Frontman Jonny Foster explained that Kendal Calling was the first festival he went to as a teenager. "I really can’t wait to back at this amazing festival with all the band. We’ve got a very special set up our sleeves."

Teenage singing sensation Eliza Gutteridge is also especially keen to see one of the legends of the Kendal Calling 2019 bill - last year she starred on our screens when she was coached by a certain Sir Tom Jones to the knockout rounds of The Voice. She is back once again for a set filled with a mixture of personal originals and well-known sing alongs from a variety of eras with her own spin and interpretation on them.

Also among the headliners are Cumbrian mainstays mylittlebrother, who have been playing their upbeat indie pop all over the UK for the past seven years. By contrast, upcoming emo outfit Canada Square are arguably the newest band on the entire line up having wowed crowds since playing their debut gig at Christmas and releasing their first single, I’ll Say Anything, last month. Guitarist Thom Fisher said that as a band, their main aim this year was to make a jump onto a major festival: "We couldn't be more excited to be playing."

Kendal Calling is staged at Lowther Deer Park from July 25-28.

Among the top names playing this year's festival are Courteeners, Doves, Manic Street Preachers, Nile Rodgers and Chic and Orbital.

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