Summer will be full of festival fever for Maximo Park

Maximo Park's Paul Smith at Newcastle City Hall in November.

Maximo Park's Paul Smith at Newcastle City Hall in November.

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Alternative rock act Maximo Park have been added to the bills of six UK festivals this summer, including three in their native North.

The Newcastle band will be playing at Whitehaven’s Mighty Boof at the Stadium event in May and Kendal Calling in July, both in Cumbria, and at the Leeds Festival in August.

Jack Garratt has been added to the bill for this year's Leeds Festival.

Jack Garratt has been added to the bill for this year's Leeds Festival.

They can also be seen at T in the Park in Scotland and Stockport’s Blackthorn Music Festival in July and at the Reading Festival in Berkshire and Forgotten Fields in Sussex in August.

They’ll be playing at five festivals in Germany too, starting with one at Neustrelitz on Saturday, May 28.

Their festival dates are their first shows since the tour, to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut album, A Certain Trigger, that brought them to Newcastle City Hall in November and Hartlepool Borough Hall the month after.

Maximo Park, formed in 2000, are currently working on a follow-up to their fifth album, Too Much Information, a No 7 hit in 2014.

It was their fifth LP in a row to make the top 20, coming after A Certain Trigger, a No 15 in 2005; Our Earthly Pleasures, a No 2 in 2007; Quicken the Heart, a No 6 in 2009; and The National Health, a No 13 in 2012.

They have also hit the singles chart’s top 20 six times, with Apply Some Pressure, a No 20 in 2005 and No 17 later that year; Graffiti, a No 15, and Going Missing, a No 20, also in 2005; and Our Velocity, a No 9, and Books From Boxes, a No 16, both in 2007.

Other acts added to the bill this week for the Kendal Calling festival, being held at Lowther Deer Park, near Penrith, starting on Thursday, July 28, include Kelis, Donovan, James Walsh, Alias Kid and Spring King.

Acts previously announced include rock giants Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, drum-and-bass outfit Rudimental, pop veterans Madness and indie rockers the Charlatans, along with Catfish and the Bottlemen, Ash, Everything Everything, Band of Skulls, the Hives, We are Scientists, the Darkness, Blossoms, Ratboy and Craig David.

Weekend passes for this year’s Kendal Calling, the 11th, cost £135. For details, go to www.kendalcalling.co.uk or maximopark.com

This will be Maximo Park’s second appearance at Kendal Calling, following a headlining slot there in 2012, and their first at the Whitehaven event.

Their Leeds Festival set will be their fourth, their previous slots at the West Yorkshire show having been in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Besides the North-East band, fronted by Teessider Paul Smith, the latest additions to the roster for the Leeds Festival include Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy, the Vaccines, Jack Garratt, the Wombats, Lower Than Atlantis, Asking Alexandria, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Skindred, Five Finger Death Punch, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Savages, Cage the Elephant, Half Moon Run and Blossoms.

Names already announced include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Disclosure, Imagine Dragons, the 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Crystal Castles and Eagles Of Death Metal.

Weekend tickets for the West Yorkshire festival, being held at Bramham Park, five miles south of Wetherby, over the August bank holiday weekend, are £213, and day tickets are £66.50. For details, go to www.leedsfestival.com

Festival organiser Melvin Benn said: “This year really is a big one for Reading and Leeds.

“Five headliners across three days – it’s a first for us and the UK festival scene.

“We’re always looking to give Reading and Leeds fans something new, and this year isn’t going to disappoint.

“Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy are going to be incredible.”

The combination of Maximo Park and the Red Hot Chili Peppers is also on offer at T in the Park, at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, and they can be seen on Sunday, July 10, along with LCD Soundsystem, Faithless, Slaves, James Bay and Jake Bugg.

The Stone Roses, Travis, Disclosure, Stiff Little Fingers, the 1975, the Last Shadow Puppets and Calvin Harris are among the acts to be seen there earlier in the weekend.

Weekend tickers are £194 or £205, and day tickets are £82.50. For details, go to www.tinthepark.com

The first festival on the agenda for Maximo Park, though, is the Mighty Boof at the Stadium event in Whitehaven on Saturday, May 14.

Also on the bill are the Ordinary Boys, the Sherlocks, Louis Berry, Model Aeroplanes and Hurricane #1.

Weekend tickets cost £37. For details, go to www.mightyboofpromotions.com

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