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

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

Lol Tolhurst

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Lol Tolhurst is a musician, author and performer.

He is best known as a founding member of the band that virtually invented alternative music, The Cure. Formed in 1976, The Cure is one of the most influential, successful and critically acclaimed bands of its generation.

As The Cure’s drummer, Lol toured the globe many times over, supporting the ground-breaking albums Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography. He took on keyboard duties in the mid-eighties until his departure from the band in 1989, at the time of their masterwork Disintegration.

In the early nineties, Lol relocated to Southern California where he continues to write, record and tour with his own band, Levinhurst.

More recently, 2011 saw a momentous reunion tour with his former bandmates and Lol performing with The Cure again for the first time in over twenty years.

Lol’s first book was published in 2016. Cured – The Tale Of Two Imaginary Boys is a memoir that draws together the threads of his life and art… so far!

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Deep.Sleep

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Deep.Sleep are an alternative/indie-pop band from Newcastle upon Tyne, fast gaining attention through their catchy and anthemic songs which radiate feel-good vibes and captivate audiences live. Since the release of their debut single ‘1994’, which received airplay from BBC Introducing, the band have been making even bigger waves in their local scene, playing alongside the likes of King No-One, Cassia, Judas and Mint. 

Fans of Sundara Karma, Wolf Alice, Blossoms, The 1975 and The Vaccines are likely to enjoy their music and should check them out both online and live.

Blow Trio

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Young Belgian band Blow Trio are one of the latest hot exports from the continent, fusing jazz, punk and dance music in their superb live stage shows. Sometimes referred to by fans as ‘Drum n Sax’, this young band cut their teeth in underground clubs across Belgium and the Netherlands and have performed in some very unusual settings including rooftops and forests.

Their pioneering style and appearance quickly gained them notoriety online where in no time at all they had amassed over 10,000 followers for their outlandish shows and soon they had caught the attention of major national promoter Live Nation who instantly snapped them up for representation in their home country. The band went on to electrify audiences at festivals in France, England, Spain and even Brazil playing to thousands at the legendary Copacabana Beach in Rio.

Dantevilles

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From their hometown of Manchester, Dantevilles are regenerating alternative pop at the same rate as the city regenerates itself. Soulful and diverse, their clean, canny guitars and dual vocals reimagine the city’s sound through the crisp architecture of their atypical rearrangements. As England’s industrial noise dissolves, Dantevilles sing songs for a new north.

Unsung Collective

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Unsung Collective a make up of 3 like minded selectors and Producers established in early 2016. With a specific interest in Minimal house, House, Deep and minimal Tech. Residents for SLiP, D.O.N Events and Church.

Chris Avantgarde

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In a world where artists are often asked to pick their side and stick to it, Chris Avantgarde has proven a welcomingly stubborn exception. Now based in London, his bold mantra has offered itself to the formation of AVANT/GARDE – a brand and identity garnering love and respect globally from both aspiring artists and industry influencers alike.

Nia Wyn

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A remarkable new voice has emerged. Growing up in a small town in North Wales, Nia Wyn found solace in old blues and soul records she found in junk shops. Using these muses to craft similar songs of personal experience, the young artist has captured something vivid and compelling.

Nia’s talent for raw and powerful storytelling, set within a kind of unorthodox, engrossing vocal, immediately marks her out against the backdrop of emerging young female artists coming out of the UK – and conjures a very exciting, defiant charisma that’s both hard and warm.

A fierce and honest lyricist channeling old blues and soul with a modern twist, Wyn sings of broken hearts at home and in society with her unique and powerful voice. A hip hop soul in a blues body, she wields that resonator guitar like an axe against the world around her.

Hey Charlie

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Hey Charlie are a London based grunge-pop trio.

The initial tremors that led to the formation of Hey Charlie , took place in early 2015 when Lizz (guitarist & vocalist) and Sophie (bassist & vocalist) crossed paths whilst studying in London. Their friendship spawned from a mutual love of music, spurring their decision to form a band. Wanting to inspire other girls to also pick up instruments, Lizz and Sophie embarked on an arduous journey for the final piece of the Hey Charlie puzzle. After a formidable search for the missing link, the girls finally found drummer Lauren and hitting it off immediately, Hey Charlie was born.

Deaf Havana

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Norfolk, England rock outfit Deaf Havana debuted with a sound that combined post-hardcore with anthemic pop-punk, akin to contemporaries like We Are the Oceanthe Blackout, and Young Guns. Later, their sound would change drastically, echoing the hard rock anthems of acts like DaughtryShinedown, and Lifehouse.

Formed in 2005 while the band — lead vocalist Ryan Mellor, guitarists James Veck-Gilodi and Sebastian Spitz (later replaced by Chris Pennells), bassist Lee Wilson, and drummer Tom Ogden — were students at college in Kings Lynn, Deaf Havana signed to A Wolf at Your Door Records in 2008. A year later, they recorded their first album, Meet Me Halfway, At Least, with producer Matt O’Grady (You Me at Six). Mellor parted ways with the band due to personal reasons prior to the recording of their sophomore release and was replaced by Veck-Gilodi on lead vocals. Fools and Worthless Liars was released in 2011 and marked the start of their sonic shift. They released a deluxe version of the album with a bonus disc of the entire LP re-recorded in a stripped-back acoustic manner that brought out the musicianship and emotion of their usually aggressive sound. They added Veck-Gilodi‘s brother Matthew to bolster their guitar options, on both acoustic and electric, and also installed Max Britton on piano to further expand their sound.

 

Sessions for their third record followed Deaf Havana‘s acoustic shows at London’s intimate Union Chapel, and in 2013, Old Souls was issued. Their sound had shifted even further from the heavy riffs of their debut to a more considered pop/rock sound, complete with Springsteenreferences and harmonized choruses. After the release of Old Souls, the band almost broke up, but decided to persevere. Four years later, they released their fourth studio album, All These Countless Nights, in January 2017.

 

Pirate Copy

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Manchester born duo Pirate Copy are an outfit who’ve whole-heartedly adopted the DIY approach. Yet even with a more modest perspective, the trio have earned themselves a string of releases on the likes of Natural Rhythm, Kaluki Musik and Get Slow as well as residencies at clubbing hot spots across Europe showing the rest of the dance music landscape how a strong friendship united by a genuine passion for music can be the winning ticket for success.

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KVNG

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KVNG has an eclectic taste in music across a wide spectrum of genres taking elements of all styles and throwing them together to create a diverse & unpredictable journey through time & space, focusing on the soul & groove of 1970’s disco funk, intertwining it with African & Latino flavours.

The Unsung Collective

Cole

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Cole’s roots are deeply bedded in the new wave of disco and house, with a lively uptempo set he keeps the dance floor grooving from start to finish. Blending effortlessly from Chaka khan to Lindstrom (with a few of his own edits thrown in) he is one to watch. This will be his second appearance at Kendal Calling and has already played some of the UK’s most prestigious clubs.

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John Kennedy (DJ Set)

Will Orchard (DJ Set)

Indie Disco – Karl Yates

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Martin Blunt (DJ set)

Tim Burgess – Talk

Tom Sheehan

The Nouvelles

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Purple Stardust DJ

Thabo

Artephis

The 7:45’s

Danny Wellens Trio