A MAGICAL micro festival returns to Cumbria this summer for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Krankenhaus Festival was first staged in 2019 and was raved about by listeners of Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music show.

Founded and hosted by Sea Power, Krankenhaus takes place in the grounds of Muncaster Castle.

The 2022 Krankenhaus will have an increased capacity of 750 and will bring even more music and culture to this breathtaking setting.

Headliners at this year's festival include Gruff Rhys, Low, This Is The Kit, Richard Dawson, Pigsx7, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, Sea Power and much more.

The four day festival begins on Friday, August 26 and will end on Monday, August 29.

“The first Krankenhaus was an unforgettable weekend,” says Sea Power co-frontperson Jan Scott Wilkinson.

“It felt amazing to bring brilliant music and wonderful authors to such a magical part of the world.

"Covid stopped us making an immediate return but now it feels great to be going back – with a bigger bill and a bigger audience. Some of our band grew up in the Lakes and it really does feel like an honour to be putting this event on in this place.”

Alongside the above artists, Krankenhaus 2022 will also feature live sets from Steve Davis’s The Utopia Strong, Sweet Baboo, Bdrmm, The Bug Club, Haiku Salut, LYR, Pale Blue Eyes, Ditz, Alison Cotton, The Umlauts, Nat Sharp presents Marra, Loose Articles, Memorial, Daemonik Fonce and Group Listening. 

There will be talks from Lias Saoudi (Fat White Family, including solo performance), New Order’s Stephen Morris, radio legend Mark Radcliffe and The Quietus’s John Doran, Luke Turner & Rob St John and Amy Liptrot.

Sam Hunt from Aerial said: “It sometimes feels like the Western Lake District coast gets overlooked or forgotten about, but it’s a magnificent place to host a festival.

"This area is home to some incredible artists and creatives and over the coming years we’ll be working with both them and Sea Power to create something as unique as this landscape. Krankenhaus brings a wonderful opportunity to develop new talent and new audiences in Cumbria.”