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

  • "One of the UK’s most picturesque festivals..."  - The Guardian

  • "Beautifully brilliant... one to remember"  - Manchester Evening News

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

  • "Small, perfectly formed and serving up a wealth of old-fashioned hospitality"  - The Telegraph

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

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

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

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

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

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


Kendal Calling 2014 was a show of intergalactic proportions! We celebrated 20 yrs of Britpop with pioneers Suede topping the bill on Friday night, KC favourite Frank Turner along with his band the Sleeping Souls returned and headlined the Saturday night, and Example brought the festival to an explosive finale! Kendal Calling Goes Beyond The Stars was the theme and the party most certainly was out of this world! 2ManyDJs headlined the Glow tent (and hit the decks in a shed at a secret show in the Woodlands!), DJ Yoda took the roof off the Soul On Wheels roller disco, Luna 9 landed in the fields with a mysterious set from DJ Stormtrooper, there was table dancing in Tim Peaks, mud fights, intergalactic Cumbrian Games, bubbles, the return of the Garden of Eden, dance-offs, moonwalk record attempts, Virgin Galactic space travel talks, cult movies with Flash Gordon, and so much more!

Craig Charles swapped Corrie for Cumbria, and arrived in rock ‘n’ roll style by Helicopter for his funk & soul club on Thursday night. We fought for our right to party on Sunday night with the AMAZING tribute to Beastie Boys in Chai Wallah with the 3-mix feat. DJ Food, DJ Cheeba, and DJ Moneyshot. Calling Out was bursting at the seams with an abundance of new music with Augustines ending their triumphant headline set with an acoustic encore in the middle of the crowd. Madchester legends Happy Mondays, Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene and Newton Faulkner all evoked mass sing-alongs in front of the main stage as nothing could dampen the spirits of 2014’s crowd – they were beyond superb! We literally cannot wait until 2015 which will be our 10th year celebration!

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