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Chai Wallah line-up revealed!


We are thrilled to announce this year’s Chai Wallah line-up featuring Will Varley, Sam Green and The Midnight Heist, four-piece band Hot feet who combine folk-influenced melodies with rootsy blues-rock instrumentation the tropical folk-rock, roll vigour of Time for T, and big folk The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble.

Bringing a horn heavy and funk driven live show to the fields is The Mouse Outfit, The Gene Dudley who represent an outpouring of deep soul and funk music and turntablists in their own right dynamic DJ duo The Allergies whose musical influences encompass funk, soul, disco and hip-hop plus high-octane afro-rock-fun Agbeko.

Rousing the ramble and taken the UK world/roots music scene apart with their full-on musical attack is Balkan beats bohemian Tantz, Shanty whose modern twist on classic roots reggae is deemed as some of the ‘Best of British Reggae’ by David Rodigan and 8 piece reggae group General Skank.

Plus adding to the incredible lineup is quintet Swinggrowers, diminutive Glasweigan powerhouse MC Soom T, seven-piece band Solko, singer-songwriter Leron Thomas, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Lack of Afro (a.k.a Adam Gibbons), drum and bass soul diva Jenna G, rising star Jalen N’Gonda, fearsome drummer and MC Horseman & The Upper Cut Band, ska band Gringo Ska, rowdy seven-piece and Gin Bowlers, Bristol’s best dance act Dr Meaker, new band Daytoner, instrumental geniuses Chainska Brassika and hip hop artist Akua Naru.

Join us in rousing the rabble in the Chai Wallah stage with musical influences from roots music, hip-hop, ska, folk and reggae from all around the world!

We’ll see you in the fields! x

Real Ale Festival Line-up!


Introducing the real ale festival line-up for our 11th instalment in the fields!

Taking place in both the Real Ale Festival tent on site next to Chai Wallah along with the Woodlands Real Ale tent , this is truly a festival within a festival. With the Lake District famous for its pubs, incredible ales and amazing atmosphere it’s only right that connoisseurs and the uninitiated alike are all invited to come and have a taste of some of the finest beverages from some of the best local breweries including Tirril Brewery, Lancaster Brewery, Ennerdale Brewery, The Borough, Stringers Beer, The Ulverston Brewing Co, Old School Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Cumbrian Legendary & Cumberland Brewery, Hardknott Brewery and Caledonian Brewery.

We will also have gluten free options courtesy Stringers Brewery and The Borough!

With each beer carefully handpicked by our very own team of ale experts, including the signature ‘Kend’ale’ and ‘Oh Deer!’, visitors are really in for a treat!

To see the ale line-up in full head over to the Real Ale Festival page here

See you in the ale tent!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Peter Doherty, Ghostpoet & more added to the line-up!



Our Calling Out stage is one of the most electrifying stages at Kendal Calling, and this year we’ve got three huge headliners who will be bringing their individual styles to this intimate stage.

Headlining Friday night will be Indie pop band Blossoms who are making huge waves across the UK music scene with their classis British song writing style, plus just announced is Saturday headliner Libertines and Babyshambles main man Peter Doherty and Sunday night headliner the Multiple-Mercury nominated vocalist and musician Ghostpoet.

Supporting the lineup are Pale Waves who will bringing their sun-kissed tropical riffs to the fields, The Slow Readers Club who specialise in dark and brooding indie electro, guitar-based band Model Aeroplanes, Louisa Osborn – aka Actor with her atmospheric alt-pop, punk-edged indie band Fizzy blood, blue rockers Hidden Charms, brand new five-piece band The Bulletproof Bomb and The Slow Readers Club.



Bringing some serious sass to the Main stage on Thursday evening is Manchester’s all-female four-piece rock band the PINS, fresh-faced 16 year old Declan McKenna who in the space of half a year has gone from an unknown to one of the most sought-after new acts, plus‘prize’ winning poet JB Barrington will be bringing his rapier wit and unique style to the fields with his live performances creating a fresh buzz for the spoken word among fans of poetry – old and new.

Joining an already stacked lineup on the Main Stage are indie-band The Sherlocks, The Jacques, local favourites The Lancashire Hotpots, and stunning singer JJ Rosa.


Plus The Woodlands Stage lineup is bolstered by the addition of Molly Warburton, Young Jack, Foreign Fox and Casanova.

Tickets are selling out fast and with us not increasing capacity this year you best grab one of the final tickets today and we’ll see you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

Record Store Day


This Saturday marks the annual Record Store Day, a day designed to celebrate the culture of independent record stores and the music it provides.

Bringing a smile to any analog music fanatic, a number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, and are only distributed to stores that take place.

Huge crowds will adorn the Record Stores that are taking place, where music lovers alike celebrate the joyous ritual of purchasing physical copies of music.

We’ve had a number amazing artists over the past ten years play at Kendal Calling who have released incredible live tracks, mixes and more for Record Store Day.

This year our Thursday night headliner The Charlatans 12′ track ‘Trouble Understanding’ (remixed by Norman Cook) is an exclusive Record Store day release (over all participating shops including Piccadilly Records).

Teaming up with Piccadilly Records we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win 2 x weekend tickets PLUS Thursday tickets to see The Charlatans headline our Main Stage. Head to Piccadilly Records on Saturday, pick up the record, and you’ll find a Kendal Calling competition slip inside to fill out!

Winner will be announced at 6pm on Monday 18th April.


With a string of acclaimed singles and EP’s, Our Calling Out headliners Blossoms will also be releasing an exclusive record for Record Day – a 7” vinyl pressing of the track You Pulled A Gun On Me‘, which contains the band’s original version, while the flip features a live version of Electronic’s late – ‘80s classic ‘Getting Away With It’, recorded live at their sold-out October 2015 show at Manchester’s The Ritz.

We will also be putting allocations of tickets available directly from the Record Store. Tickets in Manchester and Leeds outlets will be available this weekend and all other outlets by Wednesday 20th!


Piccadilly Records > 53 Oldham Street, M1 1JR

Vinyl Exchange > 18 Oldham Street, M1 1JN


Crash Records > 35 The Headrow, LS1 6PU

Jumbo Records > 5/6 St Johns Centre, LS2 8LQ


3B Records > 5 Slater Street, L1 4BW


Action Records > 46 Church Street


Brewery Arts Centre > 122A Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE


Reflex > 23 Nun St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AG

Tim Peaks add Tom Smith & Robin Dewhurst


The Tim Peaks gang have been very busy this week adding some extra special additions to their line-up.

First up, joining the incredible line-up will be Tom Smith, a very talented 11-year old guitarist who can count David Bowie’s wife Iman and Bondy from Catfish and the Bottlemen as his fans!

Tom, from Sunderland has hypoplastic left heart syndrome (often called half a heart to simplify it), tweeted Tim Peaks supremo Tim Burgess and asked if he could play at Kendal Calling and Tim said yes, so Tom made this:

Also, joining the incredible line-up is Robin Dewhurst who will be playing a special set in the Diner (he’s better know as Josh, from Blossoms, cool Dad), and has played keys on their wonderful BBC Radio 1 cover of ABBA ‘Winner Takes It All’.

It’s going to be a great three days in the Tim Peaks Diner, see you in the fields! x

Discover Riot Jazz!


Riot Jazz – so aptly named are a 15-strong brass-heavy jazz combo who are the artists in residence at Kendal Calling’s Riot Jazz tent, bringing the stage to live with a twisted mix of funk, soul, hip-hop and aggressive jazz.

Headlining the festival for seven years, Riot Jazz have set the precedence for all bands that perform on the Riot Jazz stage. Fronted by the prodigious MC Chunky, these jazz connoisseurs have travelled the globe far and wide, from dance floors, to festival fields to unique locations, Riot Jazz will have you dancing to the brass beat before you even know that your feet are tapping!


Wanting some escapism from the norm, the Riot Jazz area brings an area of true delirious daydreaming, with a programme full to the brim of hidden musical gems willing and eager to be discovered, plus their will be plenty of eye catching décor designs and a host of of energetic entertainment and astounding amusements.

Stepping into the Riot Jazz area is a true trip into a land of vigour, where you are guaranteed to experience and hear something new and quirky every time!


Ones to watch on this year’s stage are:

Gideon Conn who can effortlessly blend folk, hip-hop and soul all into a unique performance with charismatic energy. A true troubadour Gideon’s unique vocal is one not to be missed!

Landing on Planet in Earth in 2015, Henge have been packing out their fun filled gigs with their electronic sounds. Taking you to other cosmic world, you’ll be sure to enjoy their music with a carefree abandonment.

Buffalo Brothers will be bringing their energetic explosive live sets to the Riot Jazz stage stamping out tunes from their debut album ‘Fresh From The Horn’, bringing a stampede of funk.

Looking to dance into the early hours – The Age of Glass and their electronic dance dub will certainly guarantee this!

Also performing are Thingumabob & The Thingumajigs, Dave Rybka, The Templebys, Shunya, The Soul Rays, The Galivantes, Too Much Love, Omit Sleep, The Bear Around Your Neck, Publik Sektor, Mammal Hands, Jeramiah Sling, Holy Moly & The Crackers, Agbeko, Soul Circle, Sisika, Birwin & Vienna plus there are still many more acts to be announced!

*Disclaimer: Once you’ve visited the Riot jazz once you will never want to leave!

Join us in the Riot Jazz tent this summer! Grab a ticket today.

See you in the fields,


Andy, Ben & the KC Team x


House Party Announce!


There’s nothing better than a House Party!

Apart from a House Party with performances from Riding The Low, Cupids, Everly Pregnant Brothers, Hot Vestry, Howling Rhythm, PLUS DJ sets from Clint Boon, Dave Haslam, Blossoms and many more!

Full lineup can be found here! 

Join us for a 3 day house party complete with loud music, furniture to jump on, a room full of friends and the bonus of no neighbours to annoy.

Grab a ticket today and come and join the party!

New line-up additions!

We’ve entered March, with a spring in our step and some more exciting news as we’ve got some new artist additions !

Grab yourself a ‘milkshake’ (see what we did there!) as we’ve got US superstar Kelis gracing the fields with her plethora of hits, the return to the fields of Geordie rockers Maximo Park, who’ll will have you rocking out to huge hits such ‘Apply Some Pressure and Velocity, plus the legendary folk-rock-pop troubadour Donovan will be our Woodlands Special Guest.

That’s not all though – we’ll have James Walsh performing in our legendary House Party, plus Our Calling Out stage will see Zibra, Eagulls, The Amazons and many more belting out their tunes across the whole weekend.

Check out the lineup up so far here – and we’ll look forward to seeing you in the fields this summer – preferably with a cold beer in our hands!

Tickets are selling out fast!


We’re overwhelmed by the response to our line up release!

A BIG THANK you to everyone who’s purchased a ticket so far for #KC16. We are now 75% sold out and it looks like this year will be a super fast sell out!

We’ve got some amazing artists still to announce on the Main Stage, plus huge headliners and legendary DJs that will be taking to the stages and raising the roof in our Glow Tent and Chai Wallah areas which we’ll be revealing next week… so keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels to make sure you don’t miss out on any of our exciting news!

Grab a ticket today and we’ll look forward to #seeingyouinthefields!

Support Viola Beach for #1


We are deeply saddened about the news of the tragic deaths of Viola Beach and their manager who we were welcoming to the fields this year. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this time.

The friends of the band have set up a campaign to get the single ‘Swings and Waterslides’ to number 1, you can support them by downloading the track from either of the links below.

Please head over to the Facebook page, set up by friends of the band here to find out more.

iTunes download here

Google Play download here

Love from the KC Team x

Lost Eden is back for 2016!


We are delighted to announce that Lost Eden will be back this year after a huge success in 2015!

We’ll be looking for mixed media installation art that explores the theme of ‘nature versus human intervention’.

If you want to produce new artwork for Lost Eden in 2016, apply for a commission grant here 

Our application deadline is the 25th March 2016.



Tier 4 tickets are now on SALE for #KC16!

Join us in the fields this summer for the eleventh edition of Kendal Calling in which we’ll be bringing amazing anthems, and huge hits to the fields with our four incredible headliners Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds, Rudimental, Madness and special Thursday night headliners The Charlatans.

Many more acts will be announced over the coming weeks including the Glow Tent, Calling Out, Chai Wallah and Woodlands plus much, much more including the real ale festival, cinema tent, gourmet food,Lost Eden and few new surprises along the way See the full line up so far here!

Tickets always sell out for the festival well in advance and for the first time Kendal Calling is not increasing it’s capacity so grab your ticket today so not to be disappointed and we’ll look forward to #seeingyouinthefields!

First artists revealed!


After last year’s big birthday bash we are back for an 11th year in the beautiful Lake District and we are SO excited to announce this year’s huge headliners!

DRUMROLL please….

We are feeling supersonic to announce that one of Manchester’s finest muso’s Noel Gallagher will be bringing his swag and festival-ready anthems to the fields with his High Flying Birds.

There is also a rumour mill going round that chart-topping drum and bass kings Rudimental will be bringing their party sets to Kendal Calling, and we thrilled to be able say these rumours are 100% true!

Madness you say! Well this year we are going BIG and what bigger way then to invite London legends Madness to bring their hit laden sets to the rolling hills of the Lake District. Celebrating 40 years since their formation, we can’t wait for these showmen to blast out tunes such as ‘Our House’, ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘One Step Beyond’. We prepared to have your singing voice at the ready!

Crashin’ In on their triumphant return a year ago with their landmark album ‘Modern Nature’, the Charlatans will be headlining the main stage on Thursday with their huge hits, plus Tim Burgess will be popping up over the weekend to deliver dj sets, mayhem and all manner of spontaneous happenings as the Tim Peaks Diner – a firm festival favourite – celebrates it’s 5th year at Kendal Calling..

Joining the headliners are Indie Rock sensation Catfish and the Bottlemen, quirky indie quartet Everything Everything, gritty three-piece Band Of Skulls, incendiary Swedish rock and rollers The Hives, Rock quartet The Darkness, post-punk Indie New Yorkers We Are Scientists, the smoky blues of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and filling the now customary hip hop legends slot the mighty Sugarhill Gang.

Can we get a rewind as over on the dance stage will be none other than returning man of the moment Craig David, living legend David Rodigan MBE and Radio 1 and XOYO resident Toddla T – just to name a few!

It is certainly shaping up to be a wonderful weekend in the fields! Keep your eyes peeled on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages as we’ll be announcing more acts in the coming weeks – exciting!

Full lineup so far HERE!

Tickets will be on sale TOMORROW at 9am via this link…

#seeyouinthefields Andy, Ben & the KC Team!

Award season, we need your help!


To finish the celebrations of our 10th Birthday, we are over the moon that Kendal Calling has been nominated at this year’s UK Festival Awards in the following categories! >>

  • Best Medium Festival
  • Best Family Festival
  • Best Toilets

Please help your festival celebrate in style by voting here >>

You could be in with the chance of winning a ‘Dream Summer’, 2 VIP festival tickets to every festival which wins an award simply by voting above!

Thank you all for another amazing year,

Andy, Ben & The KC team x

Tickets from £14.50 per month!


On the 1st of each month up until January we will be going onsale with a limited allocation of monthly payment plan tickets, when they’re gone, they’re gone!

The below are full adult weekend ticket prices based on a per month payment, inclusive of booking fee.

See you in the fields in 2016! x

Thank you to all


Thank you to all you early birds buyers for showing your support for Kendal Calling 2016!

We’ve had more demand for tickets than ever and can’t wait to produce a show worthy of all you keen Kendal Callers!

Early Birds, and tier one are now sold out. Tier two is imminent, so grab the last few if you still have you pre sale code before the pre reg period closes.

Following customer queries we’d like to clarify the booking fee’s associated with the ticket types;

A standard booking fee of upto £8.50 is charged on all tickets purchased in full. This has remained the same for the last few years and not increased for 2016.

A booking fee of £15 is charged for the payment plan ticket service. This is to cover the additional costs associated with monthly bank transactions, in that there are multiple transactions over the year each incurring transaction & card processings fee’s. This fee is mainly charged by the card company/bank for the service of monthly instalments.

This is a cost which has been charged for this service each year but it appears the way that it has been presented has raised some concern about fees having dramatically risen.

We look forwards to seeing you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team


Pre-reg for 2016 tickets!


Registration for our pre sale for ‪#‎KC16‬ is now open!

Register HERE for exclusive access to earlybird tickets for next year’s Kendal Calling which will be held on the 28th – 31st July 2016.

One registered you will receive a code via email on the 28th of August with a link to purchase your tickets.

All tickets, including monthly payment plans will be onsale.

‪#‎seeyouinthefields‬ in 2016!

Thank you!


This weekend we celebrated ten years in the fields and it was incredible! Thanks to everybody who came, danced, enjoyed ‪#‎KC15‬ and supported us over the last ten years… What a birthday!

Here’s to the next ten…

‪#‎seeyouinthefields‬ in 2016


Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Calling All Families


We’ve been working with the Arts Council England to increase the quality of family arts at our festival and through the North. Teaming up with Just So Festival and Ramsbottom festival we have created a network of events who are sharing ideas and supporting the touring of new pieces of family art.

As part of the process of reviewing the art and family offerings at Kendal Calling we are looking for a family to become an undercover agent and attend all three festivals, for free, and feed back about your experiences!

Please fill out the form here to express an interest >>

See you in the fields! x

Lets all work together to reduce plastic waste in the fields!


In a bid to phase out disposable water bottles over the next few years, we welcome United Utilities who will provide 1000’s of reusable water bottles to festivalgoers, dramatically decreasing plastic waste in the process.

Simply grab a festival branded bottle, yours to keep, and refill at one of the ice cold water points on site!

Brand new woodland arts area, Lost Eden!


Introducing our brand new woodland arts area, Lost Eden!

Wander into the forest at Kendal Calling and discover a whole new level of escapism, a world away from the main stages. Inspired by the folklore of the Eden Valley, and the mythical tribe of the stag known as the Carvetti, Lost Eden is a hotbed of inspiration and eccentricity!

With late night costumed parades, bespoke art installations, three new performance spaces and a diverse range of music, poetry and spoken word, its time to take the party to the woods! Find the full line-up here –

The Garden of Eden is back!


We are proud to be bringing the Garden of Eden to the fields. For those of you looking for a little detox time or a refresh/pamper then this is right up your street.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the festival lies the magical Garden of Eden. Make your way through the woodlands to discover an area of sanctuary nestled inside beautiful yurts – The further you delve the more serine it becomes.

One too many drinks last night? Sore feet from dancing in your wellies? Can’t last the weekend without your straighteners? Not a problem, our practitioners are on hand all weekend to offer festival goers a calm area to relax and revitalize before diving back into the energy of the festival.

Treatments include: Aromatherapy Massage | Dynamic Forearm Massage | Holistic Facials | Holistic Massage | Hopi Ear Candles | Hot Stone Massage | Indian Head Massage | On-site Chair Massage| Reflexology / Sports Massage | Swedish Massage | Thai Foot Massage | Thai Yoga Massage

Group Activities include: Yoga, Qi Gung and Meditation

BOOK NOW for early discounted treatments, most are even half price!

The Social Hairdressers

NEW for this year we are really excited to welcome The Social Hairdressers, with stylists straight from fashion weeks to the fields!


Drop in, chill out and get your on trend festival hair!

See you in the fields x

The Soapbox returns!


We’re very excited to announce that due to popular demand the Soapbox stage will return for our 10th birthday bash with a line-up bursting at the seams with a belly full of laughs and fun featuring comedy, Musical Bingo, Last Man Standing game show and twerk-tastic and latino vibes dance classes too. Read on for more info.

Gag Reflex present Comedy at the Soapbox

Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt with an amazing line up of comedy booked by our friends Gag Reflex. The line-up is full of renowned and up and coming comedians from the circuit. Highlights include:

Carl Donnelly / Glenn Wool / Dan Nightingale / Justin Moorhouse / Gary Delaney / Brendon Burns / Gein’s Family Giftshop / Vikki Stone / Phil Ellis

For more info check out our line-up page.

Daily Dance Classes

This year we have some amazing dance classes so you can learn some new moves! They are all for absolute beginners and no need for a partner so no excuse not to get involved so get your dancing shows on. We have Twerk-it twerking lessons, Twerking Freestyle, Stomp & Snoop Hip Hop dance lessons, Street Dance Freestyle session, Hola Salsa!, and Latin Freestyle.

Musical Bingo

It’s just like regular bingo but instead of shouting numbers they play songs! Each round takes a different theme of song choices. Prizes are up for grabs and there’s the chance to gamble your grand prize winnings on the killer question… what will you decide?

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing is a live, interactive and fast paced game show combining classic quiz questions with nostalgic party games, giving them both a vibrant, 21st century twist. It’s a quiz like no other.  It’ll test your nerves, your skill AND your knowledge. Think an amalgamation of the Generation Game, QI and Wipeout in one… what’s not to love right!?

So if you fancy a giggle or to learn some Beyonce style grooves then get yourself to our Soapbox in the fields.

Fan to Fan Ticketing

We have teamed up with Twickets to allow ticket holders that can no longer attend the festival to sell them on to other fans at no more than the price they paid, in an effort to counter the profiteering re-sale sites which encourage ticket touting. You can trade tickets securely through our service, with payment and delivery all agreed upfront.

Sellers sell for free and buyers pay a standard booking fee of 10% of the ticket price sold for. Users must have a PayPal account to sell and buyers can purchase with all major debit / credit cards as well as PayPal too.

Simply head over to Twickets, HERE,  to Buy or Sell tickets for Kendal Calling.

Family Entertainment & Cinema Tent


Calling all families joining us in the fields… we have an abundance of entertainment for mini Kendal Callers up to adults alike. Firstly Kids Calling presents The Little Bugs Hub! We’re literally buzzing to bring festival-goers the biggest and best kids offering for our 10th birthday.

Kids are invited to the Bugs Birthday Bash where you can expect a hive of activity with workshops, games, creative performance, madcap mayhem, chill out zones and critter craft activities to boot. These include: Big Fish Little Fish (our very 1st Kids Rave!), Bug Training, Insect Olympics, a birthday bash parade, birthday cupcake decorating and much more!

Although jam-packed with entertainment Kids Calling is a welcoming area for families with children 0-10, shaded by lovely teepees and activity bell tents for under 3’s, where little ones and parents can take time out.

Tim Peaks will host Tiny Tim Peaks featuring kids TV favourite Alex Winters from CBeebies and will be full of hula hoops, giant jenga and face painting too. They’ll be a Cartoon workshop with Tony Husband and incredible crafts with ‘Hey Ho, Let’s Sew plus Andy Hunt presents a DJ’ing masterclass perfect for budding teenage DJs out there. Across site there are traditional fairground rides, Dr Zigs Bubble show, and plenty of market traders to browse with everything from sunglasses and crazy festival hats, vintage markets, Mexican wrestling masks and even a place to get your caricature portrait done!

There’s a plethora of performance art for families to enjoy too featuring Parkour workshops, Mufti Does Games with Massive Battleships and Giant Hangman which will be completely bonkers! There’s walkabout from Desperate Men with their crude crew of loveable Pirates roaming around site and Flying Buttresses present Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth providing an enchanting interactive puppetry walkabout of wonderful wanderers and Pongo, the world’s only eight foot tall baby Obobee bird accompanied by eccentric pet shop owner Bill Oddity, both loved by adults and children alike. The Marie Celestial will enable all ages to explore curiosity with a performance of aerial circus, aerobatics, dance and theatre.

This year the cinema has it’s very own tent with programming from 12 noon featuring a mixture of Hollywood blockbuster, documentaries and cult classics. For families there’s Paddington, Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Postman Pat, Shaun the Sheep Movie and Big Hero 6. There’s also Marvel’s blockbuster The Guardians of the Galaxy, Ace Ventura, Happy Gilmour, Ghostbusters and of course Indiana Jones!

Virgin Trains offer 25% discount!


We know that travelling to and from Kendal Calling can be the last thing on your mind whilst you’re getting ready for a weekend of music, arts and more so to make it a little easier for you we’ve teamed up with Virgin Trains to bring an extra special earlybird package including return train tickets, free shuttle bus to the site and a whole load of extras all for one super fixed price!

There’s 25% off travel to Kendal Calling, just jump on one of the hourly trains which will be running and then once you’re there jump onto one of the shuttle buses which will take you to the main gates of festival!

As well as this exclusive offer we are also celebrating 10 years win the fields with Kendal-ino Express! This train will run non-stop from Manchester to Penrith on Thursday to Monday. Remember although all our Thursday tickets have sold out there are still a number of tickets with the Kendal-ino Express!

Head here to find out more:


Exclusive competition & line-up additions

To be in with a chance to WIN a dream summer to Kendal Calling & our baby sister festival Forgotten Fields simply head here and share the post.

We’re very excited to announce our final headliners for Calling Out and Woodlands and some more additions to this line-up too including the release of the Bondax & Friends line-up…. Friday night Calling Out stage will be closed by none other than Gaz Coombes! Closing Calling Out on Sunday night is former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan Band. The Woodlands stage will be a feast of indie electro on Sunday with headliners The Sunshine Underground.

New addition highlights include: DJ Maribou StateKidnap Kid, Jax Jones and GradesTemples are added to the main stage too. Jesca Hoop makes a welcome return to Chai Wallah and PropellersKim Churchill,  HabitatsSecret Company and Bruising are added to Calling Out’s new music line-up.

We’re also excited for the following to be joining us in the fields too: Francisco the Man / Gramotones / New Palace Talkies / Rhain / Collectors Club / Steve Levine / Chadelics / Time For T / Cactus Knife / Loyle Carner


For the full festival line-up click here

AIF presents ‘Festival Fever’


Festival Fever, an initiative highlighting the cultural and economic impact of independent festivals.

AIF members participating in the campaign will all wear a digital badge across social media stating ‘Proudly Independent’ and we have also launched ‘AIF TV’- a dedicated YouTube channel for member events. Watch the trailer here.

You can also catch Festival Fever- We are hosting a competition for the best fan footage shot at an AIF member festival in 2014. The winner will receive an ‘Ultimate Festival Ticket’ giving them access to as many AIF member events as they can attend in 2015.

In addition, AIF are publishing various statistics which illustrate the economic impact of AIF members: including that from 2010-2014, our 50 member festivals generated an estimated £1bn for the UK economy- over £80m of which was spent along the supply chain at local business. Interestingly, 49% of those interviewed in a 2014 audience survey stated that they chose an independent festival over taking a holiday last year. 58% cite the “general atmosphere, overall vibe and character of event” as the single most important factor in attending a festival. 8.3% cite “headline acts” and 21.5% “the music generally”- illustrating the broad, multi-arts experiential offering of AIF member events!


The cream of the regions crop


Since the festival back in 2006 the ethos of the festival has always been to champion the very best of the regional talent alongside showcasing national artists. This year we’ve got some real gems that we’d like to highlight to you that will be joining us as part of our 10th birthday. There’s some familiar faces and some new acts that are making waves on the circuit that we highly recommend that you check out too.

We’re very excited British Sea Power will be returning to the festival but this time to headline the Woodlands stage, this is not to be missed! Slamboree headline Woodlands on Friday night bringing their visually stunning live show that’s sure to be a festival highlight!  A ‘ones to watch’ act are Lake Komo who we’ve had our eyes on these guys for a while and can’t wait to check them out in the fields. Previously announced Colt 45 and Kontiki Suite set for afternoon slots too and just added to the bill are yet more Cumbrian acts with Chadelics and Seven Seals. The amazing Molly Warburton returns to the festival too after her opening slot on the main stage last year.

Across the site a number of our resident DJs hail from all across Cumbria. They will be pleasuring your ears and getting you grooving along to the best beats spanning all genres. Fallback Productions, Ash Howell, Shaolin Monkey and The Raged will guarantee that you’ll be in your dancing shoes all weekend!