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Watch as Slowthai joins IDLES live at Kendal Calling


Bristol’s favourite punks IDLES welcomed Slowthai onto the stage during their momentous performance at Kendal Calling Festival.

Both artists, who have been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize, were performing at the festival with Slowthai playing his set on the same stage as Idles earlier that day.

While the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Doves and Tim Burgess all played earlier that day, it was on Idles to close out the festival and did so with a rousing rendition of ‘Television’ which is taken from their album Joy as an Act of Resistance.

“Always be yourself, unless you can be Slowthai… then always be Slowthai,” Idles lead singer Joe Talbot told the crowd.

See some fan shot footage, below.

While mentioned above, both Slowthai and Idles front up the shortlist for the 2019 Mercury Prize.

With former nominees Gaz Coombes, Stormzy and Jorja Smith joining the likes of Annie Mac on the judging panel, they were tasked with whittling down more than 200 albums which were submitted this year. 

With Brexit Britain quite clearly at the forefront of the final 12 names submitted for the prize, the likes of Slowthai and his album Nothing Great About Britain sum up the general feeling among the creative minds. 

Elsewhere Anna Calvi—who was recently revealed to be working on the eagerly anticipated new series of Peaky Blinders—has seen her take another turn for success after her album Hunter fronts the shortlist. 

Idles, whose album Joy As an Act of Resistance claimed Far Out’s Album of the Year for 2018, have been recognised for their work on another major scale which comes on the back of a barnstorming performance at Glastonbury Festival 2019. “Whether it’s the power punk, the football chants, the harrowing moments of sadness or the indie dancefloor bangers—on their second record, IDLES have shown that they’re growing, they’re showing off their political and poetic prowess, they are proving themselves on every track and they are, without a doubt, the most exciting band in the country right now,” Far Out paid in their review. 

Elsewhere, the likes of Cate Le Bon, Fontaines DC, Dave, Foals, and The 1975 have all been honoured.

The winner of Mercury Prize will be awarded during a live ceremony on September 19th.

See the full list of nominees, here.