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

  • "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

  • "Amazing setting, lovely people, great mix of music & a real ale tent right next to where I was DJing!"  - Mr Scruff

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

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

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

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

Kendal Calling: Where Are They Now?

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With Kendal Calling fast approaching its twelfth event, we thought it would be nice to take a look back over our past lineups and see how some of the acts have fared since appearing on our stages.

In the first edition, we take a look back at those who first played between the years of our very first event in 2006 and 2010.

2006

British Sea Power

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Appearing with us in front of 900 people as they closed our first ever festival, British Sea Power are one of Kendal Calling’s more frequent guests. They have since been back in 2008, 2010, 2013 & 2015 and will no doubt visit Lowther Deer Park again in the future. In the time since that first appearance, the Kendal band have released 7 albums and release their crowd-funded 8th, ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’, on March 31st.

2007

Foals

Back in 2007 when the band was only two years old and didn’t even have an album to their name, they came to entertain at our second event. In the ten years that have followed, the Oxford five-piece have become one of the UK’s biggest bands – releasing four albums, being nominated twice for a Mercury Music prize,  nominated for Best British Band at the Brits, winning a number of awards for their live show plus headlined the likes of Reading & Leeds, Bilbao BBK and Benicassim. Well done boys!

Wild Beasts

After their set at our second event, we invited this Kendal born band back to our fields in 2010. At the time, they were touring in support of their second album, the brilliant, Mercury Prize nominated, ‘Two Dancers’. Since then, the four-piece have gone on to release three more records, the brilliant ‘Boy King’ being their most recent.

 2008

Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets are one of those acts who, after you see them live, leave you baffled at how they aren’t bigger than they are! We invited the band back in 2013, by which time they had 5 records under their belts. In January of last year they went on to release their 6th, the very good ‘Curve of the Earth’. Give it a listen if you haven’t already!

2009

Frank Turner

2009 was the First time that Frank played for us before he returned once more in 2011 and then again in 2014 to headline our event. In that time Turner got to put out a few more records, increased his profile and performed in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics! Currently, after recently hitting the 2000th live show, Frank is, as expected, out on the road again. Here’s to 2000 more!

Kate Tempest

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Kate Tempest is a great example of hard work paying off. Her 2014 Mercury Prize nomination for her debut record, ‘Everybody Down’, helped her to receive the attention that she had been deserving for so long. Kate would return to us in 2015 and the release of her second record has seen her popularity grow further, having recently sold out the likes of the O2 Ritz in Manchester.

Mumford & Sons

We got to welcome Mumford & Sons to our stage in the very early days of the band. At that time, they had only recently purchased instruments for themselves, having recorded their debut album ‘Sigh No More’ – which came out a couple of months after the Kendal appearance – using the equipment in the studio. The release of their second record ‘Babel’ helped propel the band to world fame, which was further established with the release of their third in 2015.

2010

Calvin Harris

His performance at our 2010 event would be one of his last as the lead vocalist of a band. At the time, Calvin Harris was one of the UK’s biggest acts but now he is arguably the biggest EDM artist in the world. After becoming a DJ full time, Harris rose to prominence in 2011 following a European and Australian tour with Rihanna which led to the duo working on a couple of tracks together, most notably, ‘We Found Love’.  His many collaborations and two records since the KC set has led to Harris currently being the highest paid EDM act around. Not too shabby!

OK Go

4 years after ‘that’ Treadmill video for ‘Here It Goes Again’ (which had 52m views before the band removed it and won them a Grammy) the US act came to visit us. It was a memorable set that featured dancing Smurfs, Stormtroopers and mimes. As for now, they have only released one more album since their performance at Lowther Deer Park, but they are still making music videos that gets everybody talking.

Michael Kiwanuka

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We managed to snag Michael Kiwanuka at a very early stage in his career playing on, what was, our Kaylied Stage (now Calling Out) . He has since gone on to win the BBC Sound of award in 2012 and release two critically acclaimed records.

First Aid Kit

The Swedish sisters headlined our Kaylied Stage on the Friday night in 2010, a few months after the release of their debut record. From then, their stature has grown considerably and they now have three albums to their name. They also very recently teased the fact that they’ve gone into the studio to record album #4.

Keep your eyes peeled for our second edition and our 2017 lineup coming soon!

Ben, Andy & The KC Team x