• "Kendal Calling is the best small festival in anywhere and everywhere!"  - Seasick Steve

  • "Kendal Calling is loved as much for its breathtaking setting in rolling green fields as for its top-notch lineup"  - Sunday Times

  • Best Medium Festival 2013 & 2016 Best Small Festival 2010 & 2011, Best Toilets 2015!

  • "It's like Glastonbury at its best!! Happy beautiful people from the north. Long live Kendal Calling!"  - Doves

  • "Amazing setting, lovely people, great mix of music & a real ale tent right next to where I was DJing!"  - Mr Scruff

  • "I loved Kendal Calling!"  - Mark Chadwick, The Levellers

  • "Run to the hills for this small, family-friendly indie-dance festival. Small but beautifully formed"  - The Independent

  • "It's unlike any other festival. One of the highlights of summer!"  - The Charlatans

Smoggy Riddim

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From the swirling smog of Teesside industry emerges a ray of musical sunshine – Smoggy Riddim!  The Boro-born band of brothers play some songs you know, but not how you know them. Their unique blend of ‘drum and brass’ brings together an eclectic mix of samba, funk and downright dirty grooves, creating a colour that repaints the image of the grey clouds of their hometown.  The Boro-boys are bringing their latinista rythms and world music vibe to Kendal Calling in what is sure to be an enjoyable collaboration with some of the members of Riot Jazz stage’s favourites The Thingumajigs.  This promises to be a gig to remember…   ‘No two gigs the same’ is the motto – watch this space!

Family Ranks

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Family Ranks is a 7-piece collective fusing Soul, Hip-Hop, Electronica and Reggae. They consistently take listeners on a journey through lush expansive compositions, dark hard-hitting grooves and euphoric festival-anthems.

The outfit formed early in 2014 out of a union between session band House of Lords (notably acting house band for Manchester Urban Music night ‘All About Good Music’) and two of Manchester’s sharpest song-writers; Ruby-Ann Patterson and James Gill.

Since then, through live-video releases and electrifying stage performances they have quickly established themselves as a significant act on the Manchester scene; frequenting notable venues such as Band on The Wall, Ruby Lounge and The Deaf Institute and recently supporting Craig Charles in both Liverpool and Manchester as part of the ‘Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club’.

After radio play on BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio 1xtra and BBC Radio 6 Music their first single ‘Hard To See Her Soul’ was selected for BBC Introducing on Radio 1Xtra and playlisted for the month of April 2016. And since described by 6 Music’s DJ Tom Robinson as “Life affirming music”.

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Colin Crichton is a Belgian born musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Can Guru? is his pet project, drawing influences from hip-hop, electronica, trip-hop, dub and dance music. Raised in Belgium, Colin moved to Manchester in his early 20ies to study music at Salford University. Since then he has been influenced by the thriving Manchester music scene.
He is currently producing video clips for his first Can Guru? album.

Deadbeat Brass

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Deadbeat Brass are a 10-piece band from Huddersfield that have been together since April 2016 and have already supported the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band, Israeli-funk band The Apples and the BKO Quintet on their UK tours and have quickly gained the attention of promoters and venues around Yorkshire for their hard-hitting take on the new Orleans street band style.

The band is made up of Yorkshire’s finest horn players, playing up-beat versions of modern and classic hits by artists such as Guns ‘n’ Roses, Chaka Khan, Taylor Swift & Bruno Mars, along with their own brand of riot-funk material.

The band comprises of drum kit, sousaphone, 3 trombones, 3 trumpets and 2 saxophones, providing a big sound and energy on and off stage.

Deadbeat Brass release their first self- titled EP December 2016 with a full length album on the horizon in 2017.

Jeramiah Ferrari

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From Manchester, Jeramiah Ferrari fuse together styles of reggae, rock, ska and punk to make a truly memorable and essential new sound. Brought up on a diet of Bob Marley, Toot and the Maytals and Sublime, the band have brought their own unique brand of dancing reggae ska to the festival stages, including Sol Festival, Galtres Festival and The Gomad Festival in Ooty (India), The Willowman Festival with The Wailers and Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show. Their first release of “The Dubby Rock EP” received strong radio airplay support across the UK and reached number 4 in the Itunes Reggae Charts! The band were also featured in a new documentary – “Manchester: Beyond Oasis”. 2014 saw them playing with Madness, UB40 & Hollie Cook. 2015 festival and club dates included ‘Steel Pulse’  support  also Boomtown Fair, Beat Herder,  Kendal Calling, Arezzo Wave festival (Italy ) and Weyfest with Level 42.   2016 summer dates were  Zwarte Cross Festival Holland, Lytham Festival with Brian Adams, Bowlers Scafest with The Selecter & The Beat.. Jazz Café London with ‘Aswad’ They are also special guests on the Wailers UK Tour 2017

“If you haven’t seen this band live yet you need to. The groove and energy they omit is impossible to ignore. Reggae, rock & punk are effortlessly merged to create a massive wholesome sound. This band have catchy lyrics and great arrangements but it’s the depth of the sound that catches you. The bass is relentless, the drums are authentic and the guitar and vocals play off against each other beautifully. Think Marley, think Sublime and then add even more energy and layers.”

Band Members:
Ryan Barton – Lead vocal, rhythm guitar Kayed Bouffler – Lead Guitar Hanson Pollitt – Bass Guitar Stuart Welch – Drums

The Vegan Leather

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The Vegan Leather are an Art Pop four piece. Creating complex pop music for your soul, mind, hips and feet.

NOAH NOAH

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Since launching their debut track ‘Lips’ in March 2016, NOAH NOAH have not stopped! The guys have toured the UK, played main stage at various Scottish music festivals, performed live sessions on STV’s ‘Live at 5’ and BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Janice Forsyth Show’, sold out their release show for their debut single ‘Champion’ in May 2016 and sold out the release of their follow-up single ‘Thick As Thieves’ in March 2017, played main support for Scottish legends Idlewild, been billed alongside Model Aeroplanes, Start Static, Kirsten Adamson, The Lafontains, Indigo Velvet, Skjør, The Vegan Leather, Posable Action Figures and Jakil to name but a few, received air play from DJs such as Vic Galloway of BBC Radio Scotland (Vic also selected the band as one of his ‘top 25 ones to watch in 2017’) and Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio), were chosen to showcase at XpoNorth festival in Inverness, been featured track of the week for numerous blogs and radio stations including BBC Rapal, enjoyed studio time with legendary producers Dave Eringa and Rod Jones and have played shows at the infamous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and QMU in Glasgow.

NOAH NOAH are now deep in the studio writing a host of new material they plan to premier in the Autumn. Before that we can expect a couple of un-released gems and performances at Northern Root Festival Inverness, Kendal Calling Festival and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival with a few video releases planned for good measure. 

Dancing On Tables

Dancing on Tables are an indie-pop five piece. Their catchy music has drawn comparisons with Cage The Elephant. Officially formed in a school cupboard in Dunfermline, the boys have spent their last teenage years earning plaudits for their ‘dreamy melodies wrapped up in luring harmonies’; with their recent ‘Don’t Stop’ EP receiving national radio play.

The Voodoo Bats

The Voodoo Bats are a four piece indie rock band from Bradford who consist of Patrick on lead vocals and rhythm, Tom on backing vocals and lead guitar, Sam on backing vocals and bass guitar and Jord on drums.

Taking influences from such bands as, The Black Keys, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, The Strokes and many more The Voodoo Bats have created their own style of grit edged indie rock music.

Faux Pas

Faux Pas have burst into the music scene with high energy songs and their powerful and polished live shows. Inspired by the likes of The Cribs and Placebo, this energetic four piece instantly stamped their name on the scene with sold out shows across Northern England. Championed by BBC Introducing, the band have performed at Leeds and Reading Festival in 2016 and featured on Radio 1. Tipped to become the next big thing, these are ones to watch.  

The Leathernecks

The Leathernecks are a 4 piece band hailing from the city of Sheffield, known for their fast paced, upbeat, energetic indie rock style! Drawing on clear influences from The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines with comparisons emerging towards Milburn and The Courteeners. All blended together to give a new, yet also very familiar sound.

Sugarthief

Brothers Jordi & Jack James created Sugarthief after a few years busking and playing open-mic nights. Their desire to play their ‘home-recorded’ music in a full band setup led them to join forces with ex-school pals Reece Downton (Drums) and Luke Owen (Bass).

The band’s fast trajectory began at the start of last year when they posted their first buzz-worthy track, ‘New Ends’, online in March 2016. It was quickly picked up by taste-makers and press – gaining Sugarthief regular spins on BBC Introducing WM and Amazing Radio – before the drop of pop-drenched second single ‘Crowing Youth’, saw them invited to perform an unplugged live session in the Mailbox studio at BBC Birmingham.

Life At The Arcade

‘Life At The Arcade’ consists of four young Liverpool lads that come together to make a fine mix of up-beat catchy Indie Pop-Rock. Paddy, Adam, Chris & Paul have crafted and developed their sound when the band came to life in early 2015, with live recordings and demos gaining plaudits and radio play on the likes of BBC introducing, BBC 6 Radio and also supporting Radio 1 favorites ‘Clean Cut Kid’ & ‘King No One’. Be prepared to be hearing a lot about this scouse quartet in 2017.

VEYU

VEYU’s latest six track record brings new force to the fore, showcasing the characteristic soundscapes and vocal harmonies they are known for, but punctured by cross rhythms of battling bass and charging drums. It stampedes rapidly and paradoxically under euphoric synths and fluid guitar textures. The stirring of these elements together conjures up a push and pull of light and dark twisting and pulling the sonic fabric into flight, adding lift and lightness to the quarrelling lower-end. Lyrically Beesley explores themes of mortality, moral conflict, anger and a sense of sanctuary. A progressive shift from their embryonic debut, VEYU have unfurled and are in bloom.

The Indigo Project

The best kept secret in Music: In the two years since forming the Leeds Indie 5-Piece have played Leeds & Reading Festival, 8000 strong Millennium Square, a sold out O2 Academy and supported with the likes of DMAs, Ocean Colour Scene and The Sherlocks.

2017 have seen them play a sell-out headline shows in Leeds and London, support Maximo Park and release their latest single ‘Taste It’ with airplay in the UK, US, Canada and Europe including the BBC, Absolute Radio and Amazing Radio. ‘Taste It’ has received wide acclaim coming from press including Track Of The Week on Will 2 Listen, Fuzzable, Indie Buddie and Fame Magazine describing it as “A blazing punkish guitar pop anthem, about teenage love and lust…Perfect” . 

With more headline shows, touring and singles, there’s still plenty to come in 2017 for The Indigo Project.

Graces

Graces is the brainchild of Penrith-born songwriter Stephen Harrison. Fresh from sharing stages with Feeder, The Sherlocks and The Amazons, the band sold out their first headline show in their adoptive home city of Sheffield. After working with producer Phil Gornell (Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low) on a series of well-received singles, Graces pricked the ears of the mainstream music press including BBC Introducing, Clash Magazine and Already Heard with their angst-driven cinematic indie pop. 

Escaping the rural landscapes of their hometown in the Lake District, the band moved to Sheffield less than a year ago with wide eyes and big ambitions. Combining ambient soundscapes, distorted guitars and recognisable pop sensibilities, Harrison documents the volatility of growing up, finds the dirt and celebrates it. The band, who record and produce all their music themselves, are destined to make an impact in 2017 with their angst-ridden and cinematic songwriting. 

Only Sun

Only Sun are an exciting new Indie Rock quintet from High Wycombe, consisting of Euan Bryden, Ed Miguens, Daz McManus, Taylor Lacey and Aabid Kanji. 

Forming in 2015, the band released their self-titled debut EP and quickly gained positive attention due to their energetic instrumentals fused with strong vocal hooks.

With the release of two new singles in 2016, the band continued their upward trajectory with their brand of “topically tropical indiepop with whiplashed bass lines and wide-eyed melodies”.

With further releases and shows planned throughout 2017, this year looks to be even bigger and better for the gently jubilant quintet from High Wycombe. 

Watch this space!

Jamie & Shoony

Jamie & Shoony don’t mess around, they are a multi award-winning Alternative Hip Hop band that are championed for their exuberant live shows.

 

They have played their urban anthems to sell-out crowds in some of Scotland’s finest venues such as Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, O2 ABC, The Liquid Rooms, Kings Tuts Wah Wah Hut and Stramash.

 

The Yellow Movement stalwarts have shared the stage with musical legends including The Sugarhill Gang, 60’s band The Animals and Nile Rodgers with CHIC.

Crowned ‘Best Live Act’ many times, J&S get the crowd hooked with their infectious presence as they turn every show into one big party.

Go see them for yourself and just try not to dance!

Declan Walsh & The Decadent West

The world is quickly changing and Glasgow’s Declan Welsh is here to document it. A singer, poet and performer, Welsh has a keen eye for detail and a no-holds-barred attitude that feels wildly contagious. The 23-year-old is not afraid to plug into the political landscape, from songs about Spanish Republican leaders to performing in Palestine backed by a choir of refugee children. With a refreshingly diverse approach to gigging – his live appearances include T in the Park, London Fashion Week and Bethlehem Live – the future looks very bright indeed for Declan & The Decadent West.

Where Fires Are

Hailing from Leeds, UK, Where Fires Are turns heads with their adrenaline-fueled, emotionally charged alt-rock. Explosive and intricate on stage, the band has performed at some of the UK’s most renowned festivals, including Reading and Leeds.

The British alt-rock quintet, all graduates from Leeds College of Music, are no stranger to putting together an intricate set. The band consists of Robbie Gillespie (vocals/second guitar), Nick Banks (keys/synth/guitar/vocals), Matt Exton (drums/vocals), James Clegg (bass), and Ash Reynolds (lead guitar/vocals). The versatile sound and abilities of the group can be, in part, attributed to the fact that Exton was trained as a jazz drummer, and Clegg was originally in a “black metal” band. After all having served their purpose in their own musical ventures, the members got together and began to craft what would become Where Fires Are. 

New York Tourists

With the propulsive freneticism of the likes of FOALS with the grace and pop sensibilities of bands such as Friendly Fires, Blackburn-based four-piece New York Tourists have managed to deftly balance both energy and aggression, and in doing so have created an idiosyncratic brand of indie pop that’s impossible to ignore.

Such is their appeal, that the band’s recent single ‘Feels so good’ has received raving reviews, which led to the band most recently supporting Kaiser Chiefs in May. Now however, New York Tourists are looking to the future. New single ‘Skinny dipping’ builds on the band’s familiar freneticism while effortlessly combining a more understated side of the band with a bombastic urgency that could only come from a band on the cusp of bigger things.

Indigo Velvet

Colourful shirts, African rhythms and varied influences have led to critics describing Indigo Velvet as ‘tropical-pop.’ Tipped as ones to watch by BBC Introducing and The Sun, the list of tastemakers championing the young quartet continues; The Skinny Magazine, Record of the Day, The Metro, Clash, Scotland On Sunday. Airplay via Radio X, a spot-play on Radio 1 and live sessions on Amazing Radio and the Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland. Indigo Velvet are poised for a landmark year.

The Jackobins

Dubbed by Fred Perry Subculture and This Feeling as “Big in 2016” and ones to watch in ‘2017’ Liverpool based four-piece The Jackobins have taken the UK’s music scene by storm and in the words of Leeds Festival “The Jackobins are Coming For You!”

Regionally championed by BBC Introducing Merseyside the band have also received national airplay with single Hasty named Radio X’s Track of The Week and previous singles Waiting On The Sun and One More Chance also airing on BBC Introducing Merseyside, BBC 6 and Radio X respectively Following a successful year of headlining and selling out venues across the country whilst also appearing on some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals including: Tramlines, Live at Leeds, Sound City, Y Not Festival, Dot To Dot and Leeds Festival The Jackobins are set for another busy year returning to the studio and embarking on a new UK Tour in early2017 with a number of festivals already confirmed.

Liam McClair

Hailing from Wilmslow Cheshire,Singer Songwriter Liam McClair has been performing up and down the UK since 2014 with notable highlights being selling out headline shows in Manchester 2015 and 2016, a headline tour of Germany in 2016 performing at The Isle Of Wight Festival 2016, Kendal Calling 2016, back to back appearances at Dot To Dot 2015 and 2016 festival in Manchester and Nottingham.

 

Liam’s last release Fame reached #4 in the iTunes Singer Songwriter Charts and was greeted with high praise from BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio.

Liam has opened for Circa Waves, Blossoms, Billy Bragg, Newton Faulkner and  Echo & The Bunnymen five times prompting front man Ian McCulloch to have Liam support him on half of his solo tour of the UK.

Polar States

Gaining support and fans at the rate of knots and it’s no surprise once you hear the records. Melodies and riffs that could captivate an arena.

Championed by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, up and coming Indie four-piece Polar States from Liverpool have exploded locally and nationally, selling out the Liverpool o2 Academy twice and completing a 10 date UK tour in support of their single Elizabeth, which was added to the BBC Radio 1 ‘Best Of Introducing’ playlist and the Topshop playlist.

Ded Rabbit

Four brothers outfit, Ded Rabbit is an Alt rock/Indie band consisting of: Eugene (vocals, rhythm guitar), Fergus (lead guitar), Donal (bass) and Eoin Gaine (drums). 

With a number of well received EP and single releases, they’ve continued to complete a number of high profile performances that should be on any UK band’s bucket list.

 

Originally from Yorkshire, Ded Rabbit moved to the Highlands in 1996 and through the isolation and a developing love of music, the brothers started playing music together for over ten years. After moving to Edinburgh to study, they started working together in the studio, releasing their EPs ‘Wash Away’ 2014, ‘Wake Up In A Dream’ and ‘Moving In Slow Motion’. In 2015 the brotherly unit began their highly successful partnership with Glasgow based Rocket Science Studios, who have recorded the likes of Texas and Bell & Sebastian. 

Mint

Music to make you kiss strangers Mint are the exciting twist on everything you thought you knew about indie-pop or alternative guitar music. Hailing from Lincolnshire, Mint have not been shy on breaking a national profile by working with the likes of BBC Introducing, Sugar House (Viola Beach producers) and supporting bands like the Hoosiers, Pigeon Detectives and even Foals. Mint have gained a very large fanbase after been added to Spotify’s biggest indie playlist, clocking over 270,000 streams on their latest single and even entering the Spotify viral charts, not to mention their other chart success by reaching the top 10 of the iTunes pre-order charts with their EP “Happiness Is Heroin”. This summer they are releasing a new track and are taking UK festivals by storm.

Saytr Play

Taking their name from ‘a troop of ithyphallic male companions of Dionysus with goat-like features and often permanent erection’ the Manchester / Pre- ston alliance of Saytr (Say-Ter) Play first started out as an acoustic duo with founding members Fred Farrell (Vocals) and Jamie Vere (Lead Guitar). The current line up cemented when Paul Kershaw (Drums) and Daniel Crowther (Bass) joined them during their second year at the University of Central Lancashire.

Where the band have been compared to bands such as The Kooks, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Vampire Weekend, those of us with shall we say (ahem) ‘longer memories’ personally see a huge slab of pre-arena JAMES, reminiscent of the lilting melodic early recordings from the ‘Village Fire’ EP.

The Ninth Wave

The Ninth Wave are a noise pop four piece from Glasgow influenced by 80s new wave and goth pop music creating their own unique identity. Brooding synths, jagged guitars and female against male vocals carve this sound. They have been compared to the likes of Pixies and The Cure.
In 2016 the band were chosen to play at T in the park and won the unsigned competition to play Electric fields festival. Later on in the year The Ninth Wave received the award of ‘Best Newcomer’ at Scottish Alternative Music Awards. The Ninth Wave have been tipped as one of the hot bands for 2017 by Jim Gellatly in the Scottish Sun as his 10 for 2017 artists and Vic Galloway at BBC Radio Scotland as his 25 Scottish acts to watch in 2017. They are currently recording their debut EP with Dan Austin to be released this summer.