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

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

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

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

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

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

  • "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

Caoilfhionn Rose

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Caoilfhionn (pronounced Keelin) Rose is a singer-songwriter from Manchester.

Part of several collaborations, she featured on The Durutti Column (Vini Reilly)’s 2014 album ‘Chronicle LX:XL’. 

An eclectic taste in music, her influences range from The Mummers to Polly Paulusma to Broadcast to Rachel Sermanni, Peter Broderick and many more.

Caoilfhionn is currently recording her debut album with Matthew Halsall of Gondwana Records.

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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE JANE FONDA AEROBIC VHS? is a strange bird in the Finnish rock scene not only because of it’s long name, but also because the band doesn’t have a guitar player. Instead melodies and distorted sound walls are created by good old Casio and Eco organs. Packed with 60’s girl group/soul melodies, bubble gum punk riffs and pounding drums, which will make your eardrums bleed, this newcomer is truly something to get to know.

 

HYESTJFAVHS? gets it’s influences from a rather wide rangeof genres: all the way from garage rock to doowop, rock’n’roll to 80’s dream pop and 60’s soul and girl groups. Their debut album Teenage Sweetheart was

released on September 11th 2015 by VILD Recordings / Airiston Punklevyt.

 

The band tells that although the albums lyrics may seem a bit grim and disturbing from time to time, the energy and mood of the songs grab you by the wrist and seduces you to turn up the volume, let it loose and jump around to

the tunes, singing along like you did as a kid.

 

Teenage Sweetheart was recorded at an old accordion factory, which serves as their rehearsal space in a small southwestern city Kouvola and was mixed by Santtu Vainio (French Films).

 

 

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Inspired by the legendary live performances of The Roots and Jay-Z and the 40 piece orchestral arrangements by Miguel-Atwood Ferguson of the work of J Dilla, the band strives to merge great musical arrangements with incredible Hip-hop form across the decades to create an amazing live experience that truly is jaw dropping. The band comprises of world class musicians that have performed and toured with the best in Hip-hop, R&B, Soul, Dub, Pop and Jazz.

Anthony Joseph

By Light touch or front intake, suggested or clearly displayed, Caribbean appears implicit in whole discography Anthony Joseph. From the furious trance of Bird Head Song to the most successful Time, she resonates in each of its albums. Today, what was then a thread, an anchor with which he did not lose his cap, the poet-novelist-musician-speaker decided to make a communication cable. A powerful link, that play distances and braving the sea,would unite the island to that of his brothers of the French Antilles. Those who, just a few miles from him, dancing to the sound of tumbélé or Mendé, when, towards Port Spain, is slumming soca and calypso rhythms. Driven always by a deep and powerful black identity, Anthony Joseph returns to his roots with “Caribbean Roots”, new album under the artistic direction of Roger Raspail, Caribbean percussionist who flattered skins for Cesaria Evora, Papa Wemba or unavoidable Kassav ‘.
Follower of the reboot of his musical matrix, Anthony, as he had already done by dispersing his Spasm Band and his Rubber Band, starting from scratch with a gleaming training, thought as a brewing between musicians from Guadeloupe and Trinidad. The meeting between two islands that now make more than one and where the identity of each does not dilute overall but, on the contrary, help to make a richer and more resistant alloy.

David Rybka

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David Rybka is the performer personified. An astute songwriter, he tells a vivid tale and delivers each number as if the pain or joy is as real as the day it was written. You’ll experience heartfelt sadness, unbelievable highs and everything in between, but in an unpredictable order. David is incredible to watch and continually justifies the extremely high regard in which he is held.

” A nocturnal light shines over Rybkas new album . The UK rock artist is still moving through a shadowy landscape, but the shades are cast by a warm light. Rybka is the holder of a voice , he possesses a control of timbre and a command of phrasing reminiscent of a classically trained musician. On this album, his voice is brought forth, not just by the utterly solid band he has assembled, but also by a rich, organic tapestry of strings and acoustic instruments. an album pulsating with warmth and life .”

DOJO

Dojo are a collective of jazz and reggae musicians from London, Paris, Nigeria, and Lebanon whose starkly political 21st century outlook and uncanny talent for melody and harmony are taking reggae from the underground to the mainstream for the first time in a generation.

Dojo formed in 2014 when punk Hammond Organist for hire, Ben Cormack recruited Robin Porter, winner of the George Murphy Trophy for Jazz Saxophone, and V-Drum World Championship finalist Conor Bailey to produce the critically acclaimed debut EP, Descry, which built the nuanced melodies of jazz and soul on a bedrock of roots reggae and afrobeat. After signing to BBE Records, Dojo broadened their line-up to include Essex-based bassist, Alex Wheeler, Parisian vocalist Mileva Corenthin, guitarist Ollie Haycock, backing vocalists Comfort Emmanuel and Marwah El-Murad, and jazz soloists Rosie Turton (trombone) and Simon Dennis (trumpet), who have allowed Dojo the bring the big sound of their studio recordings to the live stage.

Fat Suit

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Fat-Suit is a multi-genre music collective from Scotland with deep roots in Jazz, Funk and Soul. More than that, they effortlessly assimilate influences from Fusion, House, Brass-Rock and Scottish folk music to create a vibrant new musical musical vocabulary.

The Fat Suit manifesto embraces a seamless mix of styles, but the top priority is to provoke maximum joy through exuberant performances and stunning recordings of original compositions. More and more people are switching on to the Fat Suit experience, and telling others the great news. Yes…..it is possible after all to have quality alongside quantity.

Fat Suit have built a large following in a very short space of time and word of mouth began almost immediately following their debut gig in 2013 at Mono, a venue in Glasgow’s Merchant City district. Since then, Fat-Suit have recorded and released two albums of entirely original material, and consolidated their reputation as an amazing live act.

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Signed to Tru Thoughts, the ensemble reference a wide range of genres in their writing, blending traditional instruments with a modern, hard-hitting sound.

Their upcoming album Brothers & Sisters , made in collaboration with renowned producer Nick Faber, is set for release in Summer 2016, with a number of remixes already on the way from the likes of Jaguar Skills (BBC Radio 1Extra), Steve Cobby (Fila Brasilia) and Wrongtom (Tru Thoughts).

Tanzanian/ Kenyan vocalist Siggi Mwasote has generated her own unique lyrical style, giving a fresh funk-soul twist to the traditional African aesthetic, whilst Latin Percussionist Cicely Taylor heads up the ensemble and brings a contemporary feel to her writing that acknowledges broad musical influences from Hip Hop to Highlife and her travels studying and playing music in West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean .

Liam Bailey

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Walking in the blues-soaked, jam-hardened, stage-aged footsteps of the real soul greats, Liam Bailey carries all the authenticity of a true original, whilst shining on major mainstream collaborations in 2011’s top 5 Blind Faith alongside Chase and Status and 2013’s summer smasher Soon Come with Shy FX. A genuine and uncompromising talent.

Me and My Friends

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There is an enchanting delicacy to the sound produced by Me and My Friends that you wouldn’t perhaps expect from a band whose primary influences include highlife, afro-beat and roots reggae. A unique and singular blend, it’s the sound of English folk colliding head-on with the golden-era music of 1970s West Africa and the Caribbean.

 

Beautiful harmonies, gorgeous clarinet and cello lines, and gripping bass and drum patterns all cradle the exquisite finger-picking guitar of chief songwriter and vocalist Nick Rasle. These are vintage sounds brilliantly blended with modern English folk and hints of jazz and delta blues and the life-affirming result is both sumptuous and enthralling.

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

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This is Early Jazz, the 1900s to 1920s hot style that started out as Jass. The Swamp Donkeys have brought this traditional style to international stages by bringing together deep respect for the forms and sounds of the era with modern sensibilities and ideas. The band is led by the larger-than-life James Williams who brings such a convincing Satchmo with the rest of his repertoire that by the time you get to the sax and trombone, you may literally be out of breath. (Get your dancing shoes out if you’ve got them).

Nomade Orquestra

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Nomade Orquestra came together in Sao Paolo in the year 2012, though they could just as easily have emerged fully formed into our world from a mystical land where spaced out jazz soundtracks daily life and the passing of time is rhythm and groove… such is their elusive, ethereal yet highly accomplished and deeply funky otherness. Nomade Orquestra’s self-titled debut album will be released on heavyweight vinyl LP alongside an extended thirteen track digital release on the 22nd April 2016.

The time is ripe for ten of the most talented and daring musicians working in Brazil today to deliver their fully formed debut. Effortlessly weaving through the disparate sounds of Brazil’s diverse musical diaspora, the group describe themselves and their shared project as ‘the point where different musical expressions and strands meet and interact in a unique way.’ From funk and soul to Afrobeat, Ethio-grooves, dub and hip hop, their sound remains firmly anchored in the world of jazz while taking off to the cosmic stratosphere and incorporating electronic elements, alongside traditional Brazilian styles along the way.

Òlah Bliss

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London based singer-songwriter Òlah Bliss blends soul and hip hop into powerful future trap. Inspired by forward thinking artists from all areas of music, Òlah names Björk, Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Schoolboy Q & Missy Elliott as her biggest musical influences.

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Gallowstreet

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Gallowstreet first hit the scene playing local neighbourhood festivals in Amsterdam in 2012, but quickly emerged as a mighty festival machine, jolting fans of EDM (PITCH), jazz (North Sea Jazz), hip-hop and pop music (Lowlands) alike with their hard-hitting brass and analogue dance music. After playing all of the top festivals in the Dutch-speaking world (including Belgium’s Dour Festival) in 2015, Gallowstreet is ready to take on the world with their debut album Battleplan (V2 Records), released June 2016.

Featuring daunting percussion and scalding rhythms topped with explosive riffs and themes from the 10-man horn section, Battleplan makes for an album that boasts sounds never heard before from a brass band. Not just another brass band playing New Orleans style music, Gallowstreet has carved out its own niche within the genre. 

Whether it’s hip hop, funk, house or  Ennio Morricone feel film scores. The band blends it all together in a unique blend. Enjoy the sounds of Gallowstreet!

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Bugzy Malone

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Manchester born wordsmith Bugzy Malone is fast developing a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest independent Grime talents. Dubbed The evil genius, Bugzy has amassed a loyal fan base through his heartfelt lyrics and knock out delivery displayed in his music. 2015 has been an outstanding year for Bugzy, gaining plenty of attention

and racking up over 20 million views on YouTube for his freestyles and raw music videos. He is also the first artist in history to have the fastest ever.

 

 

In 2004 he won the Manchester heat of the Converse MC Competition and has had continued online support from Link Up TV, SBTV, JDZ Media and GRM Daily. His 360 involvement in his videos, merchandise and image makes

Bugzy the perfect fully rounded modern day artist and definitely one to watch for 2016.

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In contrast to Brighton’s fuzzy scuzzy long haired rock bands come MarthaGunnnamed after local heroine the “priestess of the bath”. Centered around the voice of frontwoman Abi Woodman but fleshed out by a band who draw from the ’70s  songwriting craft of Fleetwood Mac or Eagles while keeping modern influences such as Tame Impala or Mystery Jets. Classic, but never retro, MarthaGunn delivered their first releases via Jazz Life records and Communion Singles Club in 2016.

Idris Elba

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Idris Elba is far from your average actor turned musician, having begun his career as a DJ long before finding fame on the big screen. Wether spinning surprise sets in small east-London bars or thrilling thousands in the world’s top clubs, Idris’ credibility as a DJ & selector is without question. Now Idris is back in a big way; alongside several roadblock appearances at Snowbombing, Ibiza Rocks & Glastonbury, Idris has established yearly residencies at top Ibiza party destinations including Pacha & Pikes. Between these headline appearances Idris has also found time to produce remixes and genre-spanning album projects including a remix of Skepta’s crossover hit Shutdown, his own Nelson Mandela inspired ‘mi Mandela’ album and his ‘Murdah Loves John’ character album inspired by his role as TV Detective John Luther. Idris’ talent is beyond measure, all we know is that each year is bigger and better than the last!

TQD (Royal T, DJ Q, & Flava D)

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Comprised of Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D, t q d shouldn’t ever really be referred to as a ‘supergroup’ because the drive behind the project is simpler and a lot less contrived than that tag implies. Simply put, t q d is a project that features a trio of music making friends who’ve united under a single name to make jacking dancefloor music that’s inspired by the sounds of classic UK garage and bassline. Since their first collaborative foray with ‘Day & Night’, which was released on Butterz in 2015, t q d have rather emphatically proven that their three way formula works; appearing in clubs and at festivals the world over they’ve been consistently shaking up scenarios with their high octane blends of (largely) their own music across 4 deck sets.

Following memorable sets on the Boiler Room and live turns at Warehouse Project, Leeds Festival and Boomtown, Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D have been hard at work putting together their ten track debut album, ukg – a bolshy mission statement that encompasses the full spectrum of the garage sound. When you look at each party’s discography separately, whats immediately obvious is their shared love of a 2-step beat, a hellish hoover bass and all those cleverly edited vocal ticks. Their debut album is the culmination of that love, with t q d channeling everything from heady, energetic bassline (on ‘Vibsing Ting’), to ghostly Burial-scapes (on ‘Only One’) and lounge instrumentation (on ‘New Day’).

Gold Teeth present The Great British Drake Off

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After their bonkers 100% Beyonce Party last year, Gold Teeth are back in the fields with another special… It’s the Great British Drake Off! Expect nothing but straight Drizzy from residents Yung Jozy & LA Champagne on Saturday night.

Eli & Fur

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Since breaking onto the scene in 2013, Eli & Fur have been perfecting a sound built around infectious melodies and seductive vocal lines which have mesmerized dance floors & radio waves from London to Los Angeles. Their captivating sets have seen the duo play alongside the likes of Maceo Plex, Hot Since 82, Kölsch and Seth Troxler. Appearing on line ups from Ants, Vagabundos, Bugged Out and Digital with their Festival highlights including Creamfields, Leeds Festival, Bestival and the ultimate of all festivals, Glastonbury.

 

 The duo’s debut track, ‘You’re So High’ reached the top 3 on Hype Machine and has picked up almost 3 million plays on youtube. ‘Seeing is Believing’ saw the girls collaborate with Shadow Child and release on Defected, with over half a million plays on Soundcloud. ‘Feel The Fire’ came on Anjunadeep and more recently,’Your Eyes’ saw the girls team up with Beatport in the first ever Artist Partnership on their newly launched streaming platform. 2015 has seen the rise and rise of Eli & Fur. Tipped by Beatport as 2015 Artists to Watch , they’ve since been nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ in The DJ Awards, ‘Best Producer’ in the Bass Music Awards and ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ at DJ Magazine’s ‘Best of British’ Awards.

 

Their productions have been heavily supported by the champion of dance music, Pete Tong, and the girls are set to unleash their next wave of releases and a series of collaborations which have seen them pair up

with Dantiez Saunderson, Tâches, Harry Romero, John Monkam, Moonboots & Erick Morillo..

Black Label

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Black Label – “a five piece in true British style who are comfortable witting within the realms of darker emotions and who are more likely to walk you down an alley at five am than write songs about unrequited love.” – Shift TV