Get rocking at Lakes festival

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BORED of Wills and Kate’s nuptials, why not book up this weekend for a proper knees up?

 Sunderland five-piece Frankie & the Heartstrings will be playing the main stage at this year’s Kendal Calling festival, which was named Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards last year.

 The petite but perfectly-formed three-day bash in the Lake District looks set to wow revellers again this year.

 Held at Lowther Deer Park in Hackthorpe, Kendal Calling takes place from Friday, July 29, to Sunday, July 31.

 Other new additions to the jam-packed line up include American hip hop group House of Pain, folk/punk singer Frank Turner, musical collective Easy Star All-Stars, Manchester punk band Sonic Boom Six, actor Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club and comedy folk band the Lancashire Hot Pots.

 Gracing the Glow Dance Tent will be American house DJ Derrick Carter, breakbeat maestro Adam Freeland, electro dubstep producer Herve, Space Ibiza resident Yousef and Irish electronic act The Japanese Popstars, who are performing live.

 The killer line up already features headliners Blondie, The Cribs and Chase & Status and a host of other big name, including Beardyman, Young Knives, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Levellers, performing across eight stages.

 Ben Robinson, director of Kendal Calling, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to bring such a diverse and energetic set of musicians into the Cumbrian fields.

 “The combination of how much they love to play and how well received they are by the Kendal Calling crowd really does make for a special weekend.

 “This year we have acts from as far away as Argentina, New York, Chicago, Sierra Leone and Berlin.

 “It’s certainly going to be a unique mix of cultures and festival celebration; bring on July.”

 More acts are to be announced and tickets for the 8,000-capacity festival are expected to sell out.

 Tickets are available from and local outlets, priced from £95.

 Visit for more information and to find out more about camping ticket options.

 Wearside revellers can make the journey from Sunderland city centre with the Big Green Coach company, which is running a service from Park Lane Interchange to the festival.

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