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

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

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

  • "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

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

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

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

King No-One

Idris Elba

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Gareth Brooks

The Plimp Souls

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Manchester born heavy-funk/soul band The Plimp Souls are brought together by one vision: to give Manchester a fresh blend of authentic raw funk. This tight 9-piece ensemble bring a new twist to the scene. 

Their goal is to break the mould of the usual “Funk’n’Soul band” and play a live selection of the rarest covers & rawest originals; compiled from the vaults of DJ Simon Ham’s (You Dig?) 45’s record collection. 

With their members having performed and recorded for many years in some of the UK’s most iconic venues, The Plimp Souls’ superb sound, infectious grooves and well sculpted songs leave their audiences shrieking for more,

A night with The Plimp Souls is guaranteed to get your feet shuffling and inspire you to get more funk in your life.

The Rubbish

Vida

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What happens when you distil the sound of 90’s Britpop legends The Verve, Cast, Stone Roses and Oasis? A hybrid of melody and psychidelia ensues. The sound swaggers and transfixes the listener; it takes them back to the heady days of the UK’s glorious musical past and fills them with anticipation as to where it is rising next. This sound is more than just a ‘time capsule’ of nostalgia however. This sound is reborn, resurgent and alive. This sound is Vida.

Growing from strength to strength since their 2016 release of Fade Away, Vida are becoming well known the length and breadth of the country. Their raucous, boisterous and loyal fan base – who are also known as ‘The Vida Army’ – create an atmosphere unparalleled amongst any other unsigned band in the UK.

The High

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Kieran Webster [DJ Set]

Tim Peaks FM with Chris Hawkins

Peach Fuzz

Howling Rhythm & the Godfathers of Soul

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Frankie Francis & the Amazing Radio Roadshow

The No Dice Collective & Guests

GotSome

GotSome is UK producer and DJ extraordinaire Adam Gorsky, a man who has been on an upward trajectory since his arrival on the international circuit in 2014. In an amazingly short space of time, he has clocked up a series of achievements and career highlights that place him one step ahead of most of his peers and affirm his position as the leader of a new generation of talented British producers.


Adam’s skills have already spawned a slew of bass-heavy, dance floor destroyers including ‘Bassline’, championed by Radio 1’s B.Traits and Annie Mac and signed to Defected Records with a huge package of remixes from house legend Kenny Dope, Friend Within, Chus + Ceballos and Chocolate Puma.

Cousn

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Deadbeat UK

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Wookie

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Wookie, the renowned producer and remixer is widely regarded as one of the most influential founding fathers of UK Garage. He began his musical career releasing classics such as “Scrappy”, “Down On Me” and “Storm” through his own label ManChu Recordings. After signing to the production collective Soul II Soul, Wookie (real name Jason Chue) released his seminal self-titled album.

The return of Wookie has brought forward new talents from Jason, DJ-ing for the first time in his career including regular gigs at London’s Fabric, Berlin’s Berghain, Manchester’s Warehouse Project, Horizon Festival, Outlook Festival, Secret Garden Party, Latitude Festival and his first full Australian/NZ tour. It’s fair to say Wookie is firmly back in the groove.

Super Hans

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Horse Meat Disco

Horse Meat Disco began in a basement in London’s Chinatown where co-founders James Hillard and Jim Stanton created a safe queer space for the disenfranchised disco citizens of London. Now at the end of 2016 and running in its fourteenth year Horse Meat Disco is dedicated to the industry of human happiness and it pumps it out every Sunday at their home Eagle, London.

Inspired by the halcyon days of New York nightlife including Mancuso’s Loft, The Paradise Garage, Nicky Siano’s Gallery and late lamented DJ Adam Goldstone. All four resident DJs Luke Howard, Severino, Jim Stanton and James Hillard have built a reputation for their fantastic parties and high quality disco sets. It’s the queer party for everyone; homos and heteros, club kids, bears, fashionistas, naturists, guerilla drag queens and ladies who munch. Musically it’s a glittering disco behemoth of classics, italo disco, house, oddities, Afro, punk funk in the friendliest venue south of the river.

Hospitality Takeover

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Hospital Records is an independent record label based in South London. Primarily releasing Drum+Bass, the label was started in 1996 by Tony Colman and Chris Goss, and has grown in recent years to become one of the most well known labels within UK dance music.

The label is home to artists such as High Contrast, London Elektricity, Danny Byrd, Netsky, Camo & Krooked, Logistics, Nu:Tone and Cyantific, but also releases tracks from a whole host of other artists across the D+B genre. From its HQ in Forest Hill, South London, Hospital also runs the more experimental label Med School, as well as publishing company “Songs In The Key Of Knife” and their worldwide events brand “Hospitality”.

They will be curating a phenomenal line-up of cutting edge drum & bass for our Glow Stage at Kendal Calling 2018. Full line-up TBA!

Mistajam

Grandmaster Flash [DJ Set]

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There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. In the early ’70s Joseph Saddler was living in the South Bronx and studying electrical engineering. However, Saddler, a native of the Bronx, had a much deeper passion for music; he had been experimenting with his father’s vinyl since he was a toddler. His knowledge of audio equipment led him to an idea that would revolutionize the way he played music: the turntable would become his instrument.

Basement Jaxx [DJ Set]

The Orielles

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Rosborough

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Glenn Rosborough is a singer songwriter from Derry, Northern Ireland. In a city steeped in music and performance he grew up in a household full of records that became his influences.

“I started my musical life from a very early age, teaching myself guitar at the age of ten and writing songs from the year after. Growing up in a musical household, with childhood heroes such as Tom Waits, Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel, becoming a musician was not a destined path but as realistic a career as becoming a lawyer, plumber or doctor. My parents made sure of that.”  Glenn Rosborough.

Rosborough cut his teeth in the vibrant music scene in Derry, playing regular shows at Bennigan’s and the Warehouse which allowed him to try new songs on an audience full of writers and performers.

This cultural hub served him well, allowing him to cultivate and refine an album’s worth of songs that attracted the attention of Ignition Records to whom he signed in 2017.

The K’s

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Forming in Earlestown in 2017 and growing up together in the shadows of two huge North West neighbours, Manchester and Liverpool, The K’s are proving that things can in fact actually grow in the dark.

After watching a video of The Jam performing ‘In the City’ live at the Circus and following years of getting into trouble together since high school, vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jamie Boyle and bassist Dexter Baker were inspired to pick up guitars and see what noise they could make themselves. 

The K’s were born and soon after drafted in experienced lead guitarist Ryan Breslin following discussions at an after-party they had all attended. Breslin, no stranger to the big stage, was being hired as a session guitarist touring America supporting The Who and playing festivals alongside the likes of Aerosmith and Deep Purple. He was impressed with unmistakeable energy of vocalist Boyle and felt The K’s could be the vehicle he needed for his own head on approach to guitar playing. 

The bands debut single ‘Sarajevo’ was an instant hit on music streaming sites, picking up fans and playlists alike and was quickly followed by their first headline show at Manchester’s Deaf Institute selling out 2 months in advance.

Gorgon City [DJ Set]

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Having established themselves as one of the most in-demand acts in the industry, Gorgon City have enjoyed stellar success over the past 5-years thanks to their unique blend of bass-driven house music and addictive vocals. The UK duo, consisting of Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott, have developed a huge international presence, playing to enormous crowds of dedicated fans around the world.

Following their debut single releases on Black Butter Records in 2012, things went into overdrive in 2014 with the release of their album ‘Sirens’ which also birthed their huge single  ‘Ready For Your Love,’ ft. MNEK, peaking at #4 on the UK chart. The album marked a pivotal moment in the duo’s career and spawned five more UK hit singles through tracks like ‘Here For You’, ‘Unmissable’ and ‘Go All Night’, which all achieved Top #20 positions in the UK Singles Chart.

The pair have continued to thrive in recent times with their recent Duke Dumont collaboration ‘Real Life’, providing the soundtrack of summer 2017 from the UK to Ibiza and beyond. Equally adept at catering to the underground scene, Gorgon City have showcased their prowess for more rugged, minimalistic beats, through club-orientated releases, on Crosstown Rebels and Suara, proving their diversity in both sides of the scene.

Riding The Low

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  • Riding the Low hail from Burton on Trent. Look it up.
  • They play rock and roll. Look that up.
  • They have released their second album ‘Riding the Low are Here to Help the Neighbourhood’.
  • Listen to it.
  • Listen to all of their shit. It’s good.
  • They have guitars and drums and stuff. They make noise.
  • Sweet noise.

 

The Rills

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The Rills are an amalgamation of late 70’s British Punk and 80’s Indie with a style that echoes that of the 60’s. The band consists of Mitch Spencer-vocals and rhythm guitar, Charlie Weight vocals and lead guitar, Callum Warner-Webb – bass and backing vocals and Mason Cassar – Drums. 

 

The band formed as a unit in September 2017 when Mason joined but Mitch and Charlie have played together since they met at 11 years old and callum has played with them since they were 16. Originally from Lincoln but currently living in South London, these lads have recently moved from Sheffield where they lived together for six months honing their songwriting skills. 

 

Fresh off the back of gigs at Nambucca and Jimmys in Manchester the quartet are now set and ready to take on 2018.

The Clone Roses

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