Actor Idris Elba to DJ at Kendal Calling

Film star Idris Elba, best known for the BBC hit series Luther, will appear in the fields for this year's Kendal Calling Festival.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 8:50 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:11 am
Idris Elba.

More acts have been announced for the festival in Penrith which attracts thousands each year.

Idris, who has appeared in Hollywood films such as Thor, The Jungle Book and Star Trek, is also a hip-hop and soul artist as well as a respected DJ.

The critically acclaimed Hackney born actor will be making his festival debut at the Glow Tent Dance stage.

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Kurupt FM.

Renowned for providing a one-stop shop for festival goers who want to party the weekend away, the festival’s Glow Tent already boasts a lineup including Example, Mike Skinner, Tom Zanetti, TQD and DJ sets from Jungle and Faithless.

Joining them will be Idris Elba, Kurupt FM, Bugzy Malone, Friend Within, Eli & Fur, Star.One, COCO and Shadow Child.

Fast becoming one of the UK’s most successful independent stars, Manchester born Grime MC Bugzy Malone also joins the lineup. As one of the key MCs in the ever-growing Grime revival in the UK 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 amazing 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 man of the moment Ed Sheeran for a special Comic Relief single.

Also joining the lineup 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.

The festival, set in Lowther Deer Park, has been running for 12 years, enticing music lovers from all over the world to have fun in the fields.

Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Tinie Tempah and Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson perform Pet Sounds are among the headliners this year.


Kendal Calling takes place July 27-30 at Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe (near Penrith), Cumbria.

The last remaining Thursday tickets are available to weekend ticket holders at

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