Idris Elba joins star-studded Glow Tent bill for Kendal Calling 2017


KENDAL Calling has announced the full Glow Tent line-up for this summer's festival, with A-List star Idris Elba set to debut at the event.

READ MORE: Full Kendal Calling line-up so far

The critically-acclaimed actor joins major names such as Example, Faithless, Mike Skinner and Tom Zanetti on the biggest dance tent bill in the Cumbrian festival's history.

The new names announced today also include Kurupt FM, Bugzy Malone, Friend Within, Eli & Fur, Star.One, Coco and Shadow Child.

Having sold out all 25,000 tickets a week after announcing no fewer than six headliners, those who managed to get hold of one are now looking forward to the most high-profile line-up at Kendal Calling to date.

Beach Boys' Brian Wilson - playing his final UK dates - Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, and Tinie Tempah were all confirmed for the main stage when the line-up was announced in spring, with many more of the stages still to be filled.

Hackney-born actor Idris Elba may be best known for his roles in dramas such as Luther and The Wire but he’s also a hip-hop and soul artist as well as a respected DJ.



The superstar will be performing in the fields at Lowther Deer Park for the first time this summer, rivalling anything that's been seen previously in the Glow Tent.

Fast becoming one of the UK’s most successful independent names, Manchester grime MC Bugzy Malone also joins the line-up. As one of the key acts in the ever-growing grime revival, he is one of a wave of uncompromising young musicians making some of the country’s most vital music.

Rising to fame on the BBC mockumentary People Just Do Nothing, Kurupt FM are the hilarious champions of garage that the UK has been waiting for. The crew’s live show has found them collaborating with everyone from grime dons Stormzy and Big Narstie, to British music legends Craig David and Shola Ama - and this week even sees them collaborating with Ed Sheeran for a special Comic Relief single.

Also joining the line-up are electro house DJ Friend Within, London duo Eli & Fur, sibling production and DJ duo Star.One, much-hyped Sheffield grime MC Coco and renowned house DJ Simon Neale, under his Shadow Child moniker.

Full Glow Stage Lineup:

Barely Legal

Bugzy Malone


Eli & Fur


Faithless - DJ

Friend Within


Holy Goof

Idris Elba

Jungle – DJ


Mike Skinner

Mollie Collins

My Nu Leng

Shadow Child



Tom Zanetti


The last remaining Thursday night tickets are on sale to all weekend ticket holders. Once these are gone, the award-winning Kendal Calling will be a complete sell-out for the 12th consecutive year.

Set in the picturesque Lowther Deer Park, near Penrith, the programme makes for a packed weekend of music, art, comedy, food and drink.

Kendal Calling takes place from Thursday July 27 to Sunday 30, and the last remaining Thursday tickets are available from

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:45PM
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