Small, intimate and featuring some fantastic acts, Kendal Calling combines the quaintness of a local festival with the impressive line-up of the big runners. A perfect weekend awaits in the Lake District this August for those seeking the authentic festival experience minus the bustling crowds.
Born in 2006, Kendal Calling played out its humble beginnings at Abbot Hall Park, a 900 capacity site hosting the two day event in the shadows of Kendal Castle. Filled with promise from the start, the first Kendal Calling boasted the appearance of festival super giants Pendulum. Eight years later and the event has transformed into a three day gathering, seen two location changes and won several awards including 2010’s Best Small UK Festival in the UK Festival Awards. Staged at Lowther Deer Park since 2009 Kendal has hosted some incredible acts; Mumford & Sons, The Streets, Badly Drawn Boy, Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream and Blondie are just some of the names the festival has under its belt. Never one to disappoint, the line-up for 2014 is just as impressive as ever.
The eclectic line-up for the main stage this year includes names such as Example, Tom Odell, Happy Mondays, De La Soul, Suede and Newton Faulkner plus appearances from the likes of 2ManyDJ’s, Goldie, Gorgon City and Zane Lowe. Away from the chart topping and well established acts, the Calling Out tent presents a massive roster of emerging artists. Acts such as London Grammar and The 1975 have appeared here before making a name for themselves. Adding more variety to the mix, the Riot Jazz stage hosts everything from rhythm ‘n’ blues to cosmic disco whilst the Glow Tent stages some of the industry’s best DJ’s in a homage to dance music. For the best in alternative folk and roots music, head to the Chai Wallah stage, or to see the best of local talent, head on down to the quaint Woodlands area. With hundreds of bands and artists performing in 2014, the Kendal Calling line-up is one to rival any of the UK’s top festivals.
As well as the music, Kendal offers further fantastic attractions. Its CAMRA supported Real Ale Festival shows off the best in local brews including two ales created specifically for the festival. If ale isn’t your tipple of choice there are ten themed bars to suit your personal style. Throughout the site you’ll find works by independent artists whilst performance artists will appear at random across the weekend. The Late Night Cinema shows cult classics into the early hours of the morning whilst the Garden of Eden offers relaxation and recuperation with a variety of massage techniques. With everything you could want in a festival plus the stunning Cumbrian landscape, Kendal Calling is an event not to be missed this summer.
Taking place from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August at Lowther Deer Park in Hackthorpe, Kendal Calling lies a half hour drive from Days Inn Kendal via the M6.