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

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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

Full Band Shot 1

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”.