The Main Stage
This truly stunning outdoor arena with it’s natural amphitheatre lined by ancient oak trees plays host to an array of handpicked international and current artists.
By day sit beneath the trees and soak up the sounds, by night be part of epic star lit headline performances.
The Glow Tent
Expect a diverse dance line-up bursting at the seams with classic artists and red hot up and coming acts all with one thing in common - they know how to explode a crowd! Renowned DJs and live dance acts from the UK and around the globe will be making sure you’re dancing your socks off throughout the weekend.
Over the years we have staged Derrick Carter, Erol Alkan, Chase and Status, Nero, Adam Freeland, Krafty Kuts, Skream, Beardyman and loads of other top disc jockeys and live button bashing electro monkeys.
Chai Wallah / Kaylied
Cumbrain Dialect for Intoxicated.. and you will be by the music on offer!
Since it joined the festival as a new feature in 2008 the Kaylied stage has played host to some astounding names in folk, world and roots music. Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner and Michael Kiwanuka have all performed to intimate crowds in this venue. Legendary festival promoters Chai Wallah will return with their fantastic and eclectic array of artists, food and drink!
Global Local are the minds behind our Chai Wallah bookings. Global Local is funded by the Arts Council England and PRSF and project managed by Continental Drifts Music in partnership with some of the UK’s greatest producers and promoters of new culture: Movimientos, The Magpie’s Nest, Wormfood, BBC Asian Network, Silk Roads and Ramadan Festival. These partnerships enable them to maintain direct links to all of the freshest and newest hybrid sounds emerging from London’s underground scenes.
Continental Drifts Music has been programming festival stages for over 15 years at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals, such as Glastonbury andBestival. They have built up a legendary reputation for providing music that weaves time-honoured sounds with new cultures, creating a following for ‘21st century remix’. Uniquely, this has enabled us to produce programmes in which unknown acts share the same stage as established artists such as Madness, The Scissor Sisters and Toots and the Maytals. They were also the first to give some of today’s greatest names their first festival bookings: artists such as Muse, Snow Patrol, Lily Allen, Florence and the Machine and VV Brown all found their festival feet on Continental Drifts stages before hitting the mainstream.
New music, new music, more new music! A variety of styles and genres with one thing bringing them together - a thirst and energy for performing! This is the place to witness the most exciting new music from across the UK and internationally.
Kendal Calling began through a thirst for supporting new music from the North West and Calling Out continues that passion by giving new acts a stage to really let loose musically and gain new fans. Be sure to check out as many fresh acts as you can. The past years have seen the stage play host to the likes of Wild Beasts, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dananananaykroyd, Fenech Soler and General Fiasco to name but a few.
Righto gang, here comes another three day house party in a field! It's going to be as crackers as ever - there'll be beds to jump on, wardrobes to grab from and a welcoming sofa whenever you fancy joining us. As the Guardian described it - ‘A perfect night out, you’ll be dancing one minute and talking broken biscuits in the kitchen the next.’
Every night will see a host of awesome DJs from all genres and Dave Haslam and Will Tramp will be along for their annual legendary sets. As always there'll be some extra special surprises - last year The LAs stopped by for an impromptu set, their first festival show in over a decade!
Tim Peaks is the newest addition to what's going on at Kendal Calling and now in it's seconc year, we think you're gonna love it. Starting life as a metaphysical diner on twitter and BBC 6Music, The Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess's created a virtual world of listening parties, tea and happenings and he'll be setting up for real for three days of fun in the fileds. He'll be supplying the best in music, DJs, Q&A's, book readings, poetry and a place to enjoy a well deserved cuppa.
Tim Peaks Presents: DJs // Q&A's // Book Readings // Poetry // Jukebox // Plus a place to enjoy a well-deserved cuppa.
Happy Slap Boutique
Happy Slap Boutique return with a dark, twisted crew of the dead and dying, hellish beasts and freaks of nature. This year we delve in to the shadows with our side splitting, gory stage shows, blood curdling DJs and legendary macabre make-up boutique taking influence from countless 80s Horror films. Happy Slap Boutique's blood-stained inferno is open day and night for all sorts of carnage, but whenever you visit, a party with the dead is something you'll never forget and if you are one of the lucky few, you will discover our secret stage and be treat to one of our crazy, grotesque, intriguing or just surreal shows.
There is nothing better than finding a little common ground and meeting some new faces. Music comes courtesy of the Solar Powered Songsmith who has programmed an eclectic bill of acoustic music.
You will also find delicious treats to eat and a relaxed atmosphere anytime of day and by night.
LadyBird Childrens Area
We are hollering from the hilltops for our young festival revelers this year, and boy, what a plethora of unique fun we have planned for you this year. This year kid’s activities span the whole site, with a Kids Breakfast Club in the Emperor's Fields camping area and theFamily Camping area, bigger and better Ladybird Kids area, improved family friendly facilities plus activities for all the family in Tim Peaks Diner to boot!
The Ladybird area returns with a brand new array of great activities and fresh new family focused evening entertainment, including the Ladybird's fantastic family friendly cabaret and the super cheesy Glow Glow Space Disco! There’s the Ladybird Grand Carnival, Giant Games, Sports Day, Tug-o-war and madcap challenges, new adventure playground and much more! Brand new for 2013 is a workshops tent where young Kendal Callers can get busy on cool workshops including beatboxing, puppetry, Junk Percussion, Mad Science Experiments, and a whole host of fun creations to make and parade around at the Sunday Carnival!
Head HERE for a full list of activities!
Real Ale Festival
For the past 4 years Kendal Calling has been proud to host a real ale festival, featuring a selection of real ale from the Lake Districts best breweries including the festival’s very own tipples, Kendale and Oh Deer!
Held onsite at our festival pub, the real ale festival is supported (and curated) by CAMRA. A festival within a festival, sample some of the fineest beers while soaking up the atmosphere.
Fancy Dress Theme - Kendal Calling goes to the movies!
The KC crew are working hard on the pre-production of this years première in the fields as ‘Kendal Calling Goes To The Movies’. We cordially invite you to be cast members for what promises to be the most fun & frolics in the fields yet!
This year the whole festival will be a celebration of the movies. Every area of the festival will take on a different movie genre taking the festival-goers on a journey through cult classics and much-loved movies past & present.
Without giving too much of the plot away festival-goers can immerse themselves in the Wild West complete with it’s own Saloon bar, get their freak on in the spooky Horror area and Haunted House(party!), have an adventure in an area fit for Pirates and the likes of Peter Pan, hang out like gangsters and molls, and have a whole host of magical adventures!
Saturday will yet again be fancy dress day so get their thinking caps on for the leading role you’ll play. Whether it be a character or object from your favourite movie…Think Rambo, Freddie Krueger, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Terminator, Willy Wonka, Ghostbuster’s Marshmallow Man, Jessica Rabbit, Hannibal Lector, Batman, Optimus Prime, Spiderman… Although it doesn’t have to be a character but a much-loved movie star, infamous director or something completely off the wall! Head here for 10% off costumes and some ideas from friends at Escapade.