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Maximo Park, Dizzee Rascal and James head for Kendal Calling

John Freeman
Maximo Park. Image via WikimediaGearing up to the most anticipated Kendal Calling to date, the team behind the Lake District’s wild weekender have, as we hinted earlier this week, now announced the initial line-up.

Friday night’s bill will be headed up by the mighty Maximo Park, a tour de force of talent hailing from the North and bringing their blend of quality lyricism and arresting music.

Saturday night will see the return to Kendal Calling of the one-and-only Dizzee Rascal who is guaranteed to stand up tall on the main stage!

Closing the show on the Sunday night will be Indie kings James, who became a British institution in the 90’s with their blend of folk pop, they’ll bring hits like “Say Something”, “Laid” and the legendary “Sit Down” which are guaranteed to make everyone get up!

Also on the all-star bill are Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Feeder, Little Roy, Shed Seven, Dodgy, Inspiral Carpets, Benga, ShyFX, Andy C, Vintage Trouble, Twisted Wheel, Various Cruelties, To Kill a King, Ms Dynamite, Jack Beats (DJ set), Dreadzone, The Correspondents, Monster Ceilidh, A.Skillz, Juan Zelada, Bomskare, 16-Bit, Dub Pistols (DJ set) and The Lancashire Hotpots to name a few, with hundreds more acts yet to be announced across all stages for this award winning best small festival that has sold out six years running… so make sure you bag your ticket for one of the hottest festival on the market.

Following last year’s spellbinding festival, Kendal Calling are also unveiling a new Twin Peaks style 50’s diner headed up by Tim Burgess from The Charlatans aptly titled the Tim Peaks diner. Borne from twitter and on BBC6music, as Tim pours over the jukebox and coffee he will curate a weekend of DJs, bands, book readings and comedians in a unique setting. Confirmed on the bill is Nick Heyward; best known as frontman of Haircut 100 whose hits are big hitters on Tim Burgess Jukebox.

The music and activities in the Kendal Calling meadow span eleven diverse stages and areas, situated in a close-knit site that means you’re never far from your friends.  Plus, it won’t just be the performance areas that get refreshed this year - last year's sold-out Emperor's Fields camping area returns once more complete with compost toilets, affordable tipis, showers and a family-friendly vibe for those wanting a quieter sleeping alternative for their brood.

New for 2012 is an affordable luxury camping option in the popular Emperor's Fields area without the heavy price tag (it's one of the best value 'luxury camping' options on the festival circuit).

You and your friends or family could also camp in style in our stunning bell tents and tipis available for hire at The Deer Lodge. These beautifully decorated tipis or yurts will provide your home from home. There are bedding options available and they sleep up to 4 per accommodation type. The Deer Lodge is not dear at all providing stylish accommodation and service that is at least double the price at similar size festivals!

To help cut car emissions, Kendal Calling have teamed up with Big Green Coach to offer travel to the festival from across the country from just £10 return. Tickets can be booked here:

Pick up points include Barrow, Blackburn, Bradford, Carlisle, Dalton, Durham, Kendal, Lancaster, Preston and Ulverston. In addition to these there will be a Penrith Station shuttle bus to and from the festival.

• Kendal Calling, 27th – 29th July 2012, Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, CA10 2HN. Tickets on sale: Thursday 23rd February at 9.00am. Full Adult Weekend Camping Tickets: £105. Teen ticket (11 – 15yrs): £50. Children (under 11) FREE (Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult). Thursday earlybird tickets £10 (only valid with a full weekend ticket).

• Tickets on sale 9am Thursday 23rd July at and