Chart toppers, foot stomping folk and a taste of Abba to take centre stage at Keswick Mountain Festi

09 February 2016

Details have been unveiled of this year’s live music line up for Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF). On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May, a mixture of chart toppers, one of the world’s best loved tribute acts and local performers will take to the stage with the dramatic backdrop of Derwentwater and the Lake District fells. Lexus is once again proud sponsors of the Keswick Mountain Festival live music programme, presenting Björn Again as headliners on the Friday, while Scouting for Girls and Toploader lead the line-up for the Saturday.

Details have been unveiled of this year’s live music line up for Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF). On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May, a mixture of chart toppers, one of the world’s best loved tribute acts and local performers will take to the stage with the dramatic backdrop of Derwentwater and the Lake District fells. Lexus is once again proud sponsors of the Keswick Mountain Festival live music programme, presenting Björn Again as headliners on the Friday, while Scouting for Girls and Toploader lead the line-up for the Saturday.

Friday night at Keswick Mountain Festival promises plenty of opportunities for dancing. Liverpool funk outfit The Soul Rays will kick off the live music programme, followed by seven-piece ‘gypsy folkNroll’ band Holy Moly & The Crackers. The Peatbog Fairies will then take to the stage, returning to the festival for the third time and promising another high tempo folk set. Rounding off the Friday live music will be world renowned Björn Again, the cult phenomenon that has kept the Abba flame burning very brightly on the live music scene for nearly 30 years.

Saturday’s set will start with Cumbrian folk musician Annemarie Quinn, returning to Keswick Mountain Festival for a third performance. All female folk rock duo Sound of the Sirens will be next up on stage, followed by the wacky and impossible to label Thingamabob and Thingamajigs. Next up will be Toploader, who have over 20 international chart hits to their name, including the UK top 10 single Dancing in the Moonlight. Chart toppers Scouting for Girls will bring the Keswick Mountain Festival’s live music to a close. Since reaching number one with their eponymous debut album, Scouting for Girls have enjoyed a string of hit singles, including chart topper This Ain’t a Love Song and modern singalong classic She’s So Lovely. The group’s live shows are also very popular and they thrive in a festival setting.

Nicola Meadley, Keswick Mountain Festival director, comments:

“I can’t think of a better setting for live music than the Keswick Mountain Festival Village. The beautiful Lakeland surroundings really help to create a very special atmosphere and this has quickly become one of the most popular elements of the festival. We’ve chosen acts who we know will appeal to festival goers of all ages and bring new visitors to Keswick and the Lakes at the start of the summer, which is going to be so crucial to the area this year in particular. The dancing and singing will start early on the Friday and won’t stop, while we’ve managed to secure some of the UK’s best live acts to round off the programme on Saturday. We can’t wait!”

Sponsored by Hi-Tec, the 2016 Keswick Mountain Festival will run from Thursday 19 until Sunday 22 May, with its main base being the Festival Village on Crow Park in Keswick, open from Friday 20th. Along with the live music, the Festival promises a packed schedule of outdoor activities, speakers, sports events and family friendly attractions. Tickets for all 2016 Keswick Mountain Festival events are available at www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk or by calling See Tickets on 0871 2305537 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras). Prices for passes to see the live music start at £15 for adults for either Friday or Saturday night (less for children and locals) to £60 for an adult weekend ticket, including camping, both nights of live music and unlimited ‘have-a-go’ activities in the Festival Village. To find out more, visit the website, email info@keswickmountainfestival.co.uk or call 03300 555 734.

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