Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) has unveiled its line-up of outdoor entertainment; over two nights the main stage will feature live music, a DJ set and a special screening of a new film, accompanied by a performance of the musical score. KMF has also announced that Land Rover has signed up as title partner and will have a big presence at this year’s event, which will run from 15-17 May.
Among those appearing on the main stage in Crow Park will be Space, Holy Moly & The Crackers, SWJ Group, Huey Morgan, and award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham with a screening of Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn. The festival will present a full programme of entertainment on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May, with the backdrop of Derwentwater and the Lake District fells.
The heart of KMF will be the Festival Village in Crow Park, which will be free to enter during the day and open to ticket holders on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Thanks to support from the festival’s new title partner Land Rover, facilities and activities on the site will be even more extensive in 2020. A major new attraction will be complimentary self-drives of the new Defender* across a challenging off-road course offered to festival visitors. In addition, the Defender will be on display on the Land Rover stand while the multi-sport Keswick Conqueror challenge will become the Land Rover Keswick Conqueror as part of the new partnership.
As usual, the main stage at KMF will be located close to the shore of Derwentwater. The live entertainment will begin on the evening of Friday 15 May, when the Batala Samba band will lead festival goers from Keswick town centre to Crow Park. Friday night’s headliner offers something new at the festival and will be an outdoor screening of award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham’s latest production, Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn.
Taking place only a week after its world premiere, this will be a unique opportunity for visitors to see the final film in Terry’s acclaimed Life of a Mountain trilogy on a huge screen, with the landscape that the three films celebrate in the background. The screening will be accompanied by a live performance of the musical score in what is set to be an atmospheric and compelling conclusion to Friday at Keswick Mountain Festival. For every ticket sold for Friday night £1 will be donated to charity, with the money raised to be split between the National Trust, Friends of the Lake District and MIND.
Saturday night offers a very different mix of entertainment, starting with Manchester based collective SWJ Group and their infectious funk and groove. Next up will be renowned live act Holy Moly & The Crackers, delivering “riotous party music for the masses” that features folk, blues and indie rock. Popular 90s outfit Space will also take to the stage at KMF, in the latest date on their Music for Pleasure Music for Pain Tour.
DJ, raconteur, author, producer, broadcaster and Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan will provide a rousing finale to the live entertainment on the main stage. A regular presence on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, Huey will bring his New York Lower East Side sensibility to Cumbria with a DJ set at KMF that will join the dots between funk, soul, disco, classic hip hop and rock ’n’ roll.
Festival director Nicola Meadley comments: “We’re very excited about both the live entertainment and the fact that Land Rover will be such a big part of the festival this year. Once again, we’re proud to be able to give a showcase to Cumbrian acts alongside international stars and the screening of Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn will be a great way to continue that theme. Terry Abraham’s films have become firm favourites with lovers of the Lakes and this conclusion to his trilogy is set to be the most spectacular yet. And of course, Land Rover is the perfect brand to partner with us in delivering these very special occasions.”
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