Music

The Festival Village on Crow Park will play host to two evenings of fantastic live music from headliners Peter Hook and the Light and Melanie C.

Soak up the festival atmosphere with friends and family whilst enjoying a refreshing pint of Timothy Taylor's from the bar. In our opinion there is no place better to locate a stage and watch some live music, the backdrop of the Catbells and the Borrowdale Valley are simply stunning! 

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Keswick Mountain Festival National Trust Appeal - The Great Gift of Freedom

After the end of the First World War, Scafell Pike, Great Gable and 12 other summits in the Lake District were gifted to the National Trust to commemorate those who had fallen. In 2018 for the centenary of the end of the War, we’re rebuilding the memorial cairn on the summit of Scafell Pike. And we’re asking for your help, to repair erosion damage on the paths up these memorial mountains and to look after places special to you in the Lakes. 

FRIDAY

Peter Hook & the Light

9.30 PM

Headlining on Friday 8 June will be Peter Hook & The Light.  Led by legendary bassist Peter Hook, the group has built an enviable reputation on the live circuit over the last eight years.  Their set will showcase seminal tracks from the back catalogue of Joy Division and New Order, two of the UK’s best-loved bands.  

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First revisiting Joy Division’s seminal albums “Unknown Pleasures” back in May 2010 for a commemorative charity concert and following it each year with new albums performed live from the repertoire of Hooky's bands, New Order and Joy Division, Peter Hook & The Light have now moved through each of the albums from those bands to arrive at Factory Records "Substance" compilation albums which they are currently touring world-wide.

Hooky's dedication to his back catalogue has seen him move  through “Closer”, “Still”, “Movement”, “Power Corruption & Lies”, "Low Life" and "Brotherhood" to arrive at the seminal compilations and having toured extensively with the band, The Light have come to amass some 450 shows in the seven years since their first concert

Reintroducing Hooky’s early repertoire to a host of new audiences across festivals and dates in the The Light have taken headline slots at Bestival,  Primavera Sound, Benicassim, 1234, and other European and world festivals. The band have also toured Europe, North and South America, China, H Australia, New Zealand and Japan to great success and reactions from fans and critics.

The band have also begun to play festival “hybrid” sets of the well and lesser known material from both bands which they have played so far along their journey. With the band having performed every Joy Division and New Order song ever released up until “True Faith” in 1987, these sets are far from just a greatest hits but , a selection of little heard fan favourites alongside the instantly recognisable classics.

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“Peter Hook And The Light” – Live Reviews

“Peter Hook & The Light have developed into a well-oiled machine that - whisper it - actually deliver these songs better than the current line-up of New Order....they've become an impressive tour de force more than worthy of associating themselves with arguably two of the finest back catalogues in rock and roll history.” Drowned In Sound

“Stirring, emotive and exceptionally impressive....Hooky and the band reinvigorated the old material with real passion. Word Magazine

“5 Stars – A fitting tribute to one of the greatest bands Britain has ever produced. Hooky pulled it off and then some.” Sunday Mail

“This is New Order reinvigorated, re-energized;  Hooky has arguably reclaimed the songs and is delivering them with heart and soul."  Louder Than War

“Hooky is the Rock God of bass players, his performance at North London’s Koko had far more energy than last summer’s Hyde Park show by the rest of New Order. He closed with a triumphant Temptation then the inevitable encore of Blue Monday. The Sun

“While pages and pages of text has been written about how influential Peter Hook’s bass sound is, and how much it defined Joy Division and New Order, he’s also a very compelling front man. Now, 30 years later, the songs really come to life with a punchier musical delivery than they ever had on record, and an uber-confident Hook belting them out.” Artrocker

 “Best decision I made all year? Quite possibly.... My god, man. Go see this band.... Well played, Mr. Hook. Well played.” The Pale Drummer

“The passion and above all the quality of his shows. In this era of manufactured pop trash we need genuine legends of the calibre of Peter Hook, long may he continue.” QRO Magazine

“Taking in the show, I could imagine that this is what it might have felt like hearing the original New Order playing that material back in the day.  More organic and authentic to the time. I really, really enjoyed this show immensely.” Rock Subculture

"A triumphant return for the band, the main floor was packed shoulder to shoulder with a diverse crowd of emphatic fans. On the second level an outdoor balcony, overlooked a bustling Hollywood Boulevard below. On the third balcony level every seat was taken, with a crowd dancing about in the back. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the marathon music lesson that the band was offering up on the roots of what has become modern dance music." 5 Stars Examiner

“Peter Hook & The Light provided Back To The Future moments aplenty with a strong set making the bassist's claim to the combined legacy of Joy Division and New Order as genuine as that of his former compadres. Being old enough to have seen both Mancunian groups in their prime, I can state that Hook has certainly recaptured the collision of Krautrock and garage rock that made Joy Division such a visceral post-punk proposition, and proves as decent a vocalist as Bernard Sumner.” The Independent

Peter Hook & the Light

Peatbog Faeries

8.15 PM

The Peatbog Faeries are now as much a part of KMF as the tipis and the lake - we love them and we know that you do too.  They travel from their base on the Isle of Skye, bringing us their traditional jigs and reels mixed with jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. Their own particular high octane Celtic music has us all dancing, come rain or shine.

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The Peatbog Faeries are now as much a part of KMF as the tipis and the lake - we love them and we know that you do too.  They travel from their base on the Isle of Skye, bringing us their traditional jigs and reels mixed with jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. Their own particular high octane Celtic music has us all dancing, come rain or shine.

Peatbog Faeries
Peatbog Faeries

SATURDAY

Melanie C

9.30 PM

Melanie’s first solo venture was featuring on the hit single ‘When You’re Gone’ with Bryan Adams. Incredibly successful across Europe, it entered the UK charts at Number 3 and gave Melanie aspirations for more solo projects.

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Melanie’s first solo venture was featuring on the hit single ‘When You’re Gone’ with Bryan Adams. Incredibly successful across Europe, it entered the UK charts at Number 3 and gave Melanie aspirations for more solo projects.

As a solo artist, Melanie has released seven solo albums - Northern Star (1999) and Reason (2003) were released on Virgin Records and after setting up her own label, Red Girl Records, in 2004, she released Beautiful Intentions (2005), This Time (2007), The Sea (2011), Stages (2012) and Version Of Me (2017) as an independent. She has achieved over 3 million album sales, two Number 1 singles and six top 10 singles.

Melanie’s solo success however reached far beyond home shores. In 2005 a track entitled First Day Of My Life was to become one of her biggest hits to date, selling over 400,000 copies in Germany alone. It also went on to chart at Number 1 in Spain, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal where it helped to propel the album Beautiful Intentions to double platinum status
and kept it at Number 1 for 9 weeks.

In June 2007 it was announced to the world that the Spice Girls were reuniting. Any initial reluctance to take part in ‘The Return of the Spice Girls tour’ soon diminished by spending time with four friends she had so many life-changing and memorable experiences with. Melanie relished the opportunity to perform in some of the biggest venues in the world, such as
the O2 Arena in London and New York’s Madison Square Garden. She left audiences impressed by her energy, presence and live vocals.

The Self-styled workaholic - Melanie was critically acclaimed and had starring roles in two musicals - Blood Brothers (2009) and Jesus Christ Superstar (2012), to which she also was a mentor and judge for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV series Superstar. Melanie reunited with the Spice Girls again in the summer of 2012 for the self-confessed highlight of their career as a group – performing at the Olympic Closing Ceremony in London. Seen as one of their most anticipated appearances and in front of a global TV audience, the world could never look at black cabs in the same way again! 2013/14 saw Melanie become a special guest for 2 full tours with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, where she started initial writing sessions for ‘Version Of Me’, which was to become her 7th solo album and was released in October 2016.

In April 2017, with her brand-new band in tow, Melanie took Version of Me on the road, touring the UK/Ireland. The tour continued in Europe, with Melanie and the band playing to crowds in cities throughout Germany, Denmark and Switzerland.

Melanie C

The Farm

8.15 PM

Twenty years after their million selling album Spartacus reached No 1 in the UK album charts, legendary Liverpool band The Farm have reformed to play live again in 2011. The group who had eight top forty hit singles in the UK including Groovy Train and All Together Now that were a soundtrack for a generation will be returning to the stage with their original line –up. 

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Twenty years after their million selling album Spartacus reached No 1 in the UK album charts, legendary Liverpool band The Farm have reformed to play live again in 2011. The group who had eight top forty hit singles in the UK including Groovy Train and All Together Now that were a soundtrack for a generation will be returning to the stage with their original line –up. 

The Farm enjoyed worldwide success after the release of Spartacus in March 1991 on their Produce label.  The album was a worldwide hit and they were signed by the legendary Seymour Stein for Sire Records in the US in 1991.

For a four year period between 1990 and 1994 The Farm toured the world and their raucous live shows became the stuff of legend. The group went their separate ways in 1995 but continued to enjoy popular appeal and their records have become all time classics.

In December 2010 the original line-up returned to play their home town at the O2 Academy, to much acclaim. The concert was meant to be a one- off to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their anthem All Together Now but was such a success that they decided they should play live again. Peter Hooton lead singer of the band commented  ‘we enjoyed our gig at the Academy so much that we thought we would go out and play more in 2011. 

The Farm have been performing again, and recent years have established regular appearances at summer festivals, and in 2011-2012 performed as part of the Justice Tonight Band.  They joined many other artists and bands on that tour, including 4 performances with The Stone Roses, and culminated 2012 as part of the Justice Collective, who’s single He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, got to Number One in the UK Official Christmas Chart.

The Farm

Blurb

6.15 PM

Working under the moniker of BLURB the group plays all the hits with the same energy that Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave are famous for - recreating the glory days of the British Britpop movement!

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Working under the moniker of BLURB the group plays all the hits with the same energy that Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave are famous for - recreating the glory days of the British Britpop movement! You will not leave disappointed! As well as the Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool 2008, Blurb have played many venues, including: the Ku Bar in Stockton, The Tackeroo in Cannock, The Kingfisher in Ipswich, the Bacon Court tavern in Gillingham... and many, many others!

Blurb

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